FCBA Foundation Now Accepting Applications for Funding of Unpaid Communications-Related Legal Internships  

FCBA Foundation Now Accepting Applications for Funding of Unpaid Communications-Related Legal Internships:

For the 23rd consecutive year, the Federal Communications Bar Association Foundation will award stipends to law students from its Chairman Robert E. Lee Scholarship and Internship Fund.  The program provides stipends of up to $5,000 to outstanding law students employed as unpaid summer interns in positions with the FCC and other Federal, state, and local government agencies with a connection to the communications industry (i.e., broadcasting, cable television, telephony, satellite, wireless, and information technology).

To the extent a recipient receives funding from other sources (e.g., school) for the unpaid internship, the FCBA Foundation’s general policy is to adjust its stipend award so that a recipient’s total funding for the internship does not exceed $7,000.

In addition, the Foundation will select one outstanding intern among those chosen to receive an additional stipend for the summer—the “Max Paglin Award.”  Mr. Paglin was the former General Counsel and Executive Director of the FCC, and the founder of the Golden Jubilee Commission on Telecommunications, which compiled a definitive legislative history of the Communications Act.


Students must be enrolled in an ABA accredited law school, in good academic standing, and have a pending or accepted application for an unpaid internship with a local, state or federal government entity.  Students will be selected on the basis of:

  • Financial Need – 30 points
  • Essays – 30 points
  • Academic merit –  20 points
  • Nature of the work – 10 points
  • Resume and Recommendations – 10 points

Applications internship funding should be submitted online.

Applicants may be asked to interview with members of the Foundation Board; interviews may be conducted by telephone. 

Applications are due no later than April 1, 2016 and the winners will be notified by May 15, 2016.