Saturday, January 29, 2011

The ISPAI are looking for a legal intern

This looks like an interesting job for a newly-minted law graduate:
ISPAI – The Internet Service Providers Association of Ireland Limited

ISPAI is the Industry Association that represents businesses operating in Ireland that provide publicly available Internet infrastructural and electronic services to customers both in Ireland and abroad. The Association deals with regulatory and legal issues which potentially impact the ISP business environment and affect all our members (see: As part of this, ISPAI coordinates ISP industry self-regulation, administers the industry code of practice and ethics and runs the service which supports ISPAI members to comply with Irish/EU law to respond to notices of illegal content and to assist international cooperation in this area.

ISPAI offers an intern opportunity for a post-graduate legal student who has a specific interest in the area of telecommunications and digital media law. This is a highly dynamic area with many new initiatives emerging as legislators, law enforcement and various lobbying groups realise the ubiquitous nature of the Internet and its role in shaping modern society. This is a unique opportunity to gain experience and to work with leading companies in the industry. It is strongly recommended for those intending to practise in this area.

It is intended that the selected Intern will follow proposed measures, draft legislation and other issues potentially affecting the ISP industry which are being developed at EU and national level. They will be expected to liaise with the EuroISPA secretariat in Brussels (see: and ISP organisations. The internship will entail European travel to selected meetings or conferences

The Intern will be expected to undertake research on the issues they will be assigned to monitor and write briefings for the internal information of ISPAI secretariat and members. They will also work closely with ISPAI staff to promote our views through our websites and develop press releases.

The internship will be of at least 9 months duration. It will be based in our offices located opposite the Sandyford Luas station in South Dublin. Working within the small ISPAI team, the Intern will report to the ISPAI General Manager. They will be expected to work at least three days per week. The position offers good opportunities for self-development and interaction with international counterparts.

The successful applicant must demonstrate:

• A reasonable knowledge of using various Internet services (web, peer to peer, etc.) and methods used in web based services and be proficient using Microsoft Office products such as Word, Powerpoint and Excel.
• Familiarity with the legal issues surrounding the internet in Ireland, such as the E-Commerce Directive, online defamation and/or "three strikes" and similar systems. The successful applicant must have a law degree and is likely to have taken at least one module covering related issues.
• Good verbal, presentation and writing skills which are essential. Proficiency in a major European language in addition to English would be an advantage.
• A diligent and accurate approach to completing tasks and an ability to work to deadlines with minimal supervision.

Training on technical principles of Internet communications and digital content distribution will be given. Please note: this internship will involve possible exposure to information relating to assessments of potentially illegal pornographic imagery and other content, within the context of ISPAI operations. This is indemnified under strict procedures agreed with Government and overseen by the Department of Justice and Law Reform, Office for Internet Safety ( and approved by An Garda Síochána.

Expenses will be given for travel, accommodation and subsistence for approved work-related activities outside the office and a nominal stipend will be available.

Please provide by email to, your CV and a covering letter of no more than one A4 page explaining why you should be awarded the Internship.

Closing date for applications: Tuesday 15th February 2011.

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