Interns at the University of Michigan Library Copyright Office work on a variety of copyright-related projects. If you are a University of Michigan student interested in a paid internship with our office, please contact us at

Past interns and their projects are listed below.

  • Liesa Bruin
    B.A. in History and Spanish, University of Michigan, 2021
    2019 intern.

    As an intern for the U-M Library Copyright Office (LCO), Liesa has researched and summarized multiple international treaties and the copyright laws of some major countries in the world. She has compiled detailed notes and also worked on making the materials more concise and easily understandable. By looking at topics such as copyright term, copyrightability, registration, rights, licensing, transfer, secondary liability, and user's rights, she has been able to compile some of the essential aspects to know regarding copyright law in various countries around the world.
  • Colby Lewis
    M.S.I., University of Michigan School of Information, 2019
    2018 intern.

    Colby is working with the Copyright Office on issues concerning Open Access at the University of Michigan and in the larger higher education sphere. This work includes serving as a research consultant for the TOME Initiative and supporting the Library's Open Access Committee in increasing Open Access at Michigan and raising awareness for Open Michigan.

  • Betty Lim

    Betty Lim
    M.S.I., University of Michigan School of Information, 2014
    Summer 2013 intern.

    Working with Melissa Levine, Betty reviewed the comments posted in response to the U.S. Copyright Office's Notice of Inquiry on orphan works. Betty analyzed the comments to identify the biggest common concerns for different stakeholders to find emerging patterns.

  • Claire Tatro

    Claire Tatro
    M.S.I., University of Michigan School of Information, 2014
    Summer 2013 intern.

    Claire focused her internship in the copyright office on writing blogposts about unique collection items that have undergone the CRMS copyright checking process. She also assisted with Copyright Camp and helped to assess and improve the presentation and accessibility of the online educational resources.

  • Elizabeth Mundee-Barket

    Elizabeth Mundee-Barket
    Current position: Law & Regulatory Counsel with Competitive Carriers Association
    J.D., Michigan Law, 2014.
    Winter 2013 intern.

    Elizabeth worked with Melissa Levine on copyright projects for HathiTrust.

  • Dean Atyia

    Dean Atyia
    Current position: Associate, Morrison & Foerster
    J.D., Michigan Law, 2013.
    Winter 2013 intern.

    Dean worked with Melissa Levine in an effort to bridge Michigan's CRMS project with libraries in Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries. Dean collected the biographical information of authors in order to determine the public domain status of considered works and ultimately add more texts to the HathiTrust Collection.

  • Cliff Helm

    Cliff Helm
    Current position: Attorney, Helm Business Law
    J.D., Michigan Law, 2013.
    Fall 2012 intern.

    Cliff's internship focused on the digitization efforts within special collections at the Labadie Collection, researching both the copyright status of individual pamphlets and broader digitization policies. 

  • Joe D'Angelo

    Joe D'Angelo
    J.D., University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, 2013
    Summer 2012 intern.

    Joe worked on a project to help campus galleries, museums, archives, and libraries learn about copyright and Creative Commons -- and how they relate to using tools like Wikipedia.

  • Justin Bonfiglio

    Justin Bonfiglio
    Current position: Copyright Specialist, University of Michigan Library Copyright Office
    J.D., Michigan Law, 2013
    Summer 2012 intern.

    Justin worked with Bobby Glushko on a copyright project involving HathiTrust's state document collections.

  • Lisa Hardman

    Lisa Hardman
    Current position: Senior IT Analyst, Government Accountability Office
    M.S.I., University of Michigan School of Information, 2013
    Winter 2012 intern.

    Lisa holds a BS from Eastern Michigan University in Information Assurance, and has worked as an Advanced Acquisitions Assistant for the Law Library at the University of Michigan, as well as on the Orphan Works project though HathiTrust.  She was an Association of Research Libraries Career Enhancement Program Fellow for 2012.

  • Eric Felleman

    Eric Andrew Felleman
    Current position: Associate, Paul Weiss
    J.D., Michigan Law, 2013.
    Summer 2011 intern.

    Eric's internship explored the availability and acquisition of copyrighted works for inclusion in a School of Education project to establish a clearinghouse of research on teacher education programs. This experience opened his eyes to many of the benefits of open access literature, and he is interested in legal issues surrounding expansions of information access.

  • Liz Allen

    Liz Allen
    Current position: Associate, Loeb & Loeb
    M.S.I., University of Michigan School of Information, 2012
    J.D., Michigan Law, 2011.
    2011-2012 intern.

    Liz's internship focused on the policies governing the use of the University's state-of-the-art audio recording studio, along with the concerns facing Block M Records -- a record label operated by the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. This experience was particularly exciting for Liz because her interest in copyright law stems from her friendships with music students while an undergraduate student at U of M.

  • Brandon Weiner

    Brandon Weiner
    Current position: Attorney, Brandon C. Weiner, PLC
    J.D., Michigan Law, 2011.
    Summer 2010 intern.

    Brandon worked with Liz Allen on a project examining the policies and practices surrounding the use of the Duderstadt Audio Studio, along with concerns facing Block M Records.

  • Chris Kurpinski

    Chris Kurpinski
    Current position: IP Attorney, Tektronix, Inc.
    J.D., Michigan Law, 2011.
    Winter 2011 intern.

    Chris' internship focused on digital preservation issues and the creation of a guide to resolving copyright issues related to donated materials.

  • Jessie Mannisto

    Jessie Mannisto
    M.S.I., University of Michigan School of Information, 2011
    Summer 2010 intern.

    As an intern, Jessie completed a guide for graduate students about the use of copyrighted and openly licensed materials in their dissertations. In addition to her M.S.I., she pursued a certificate in Science, Technology, and Public Policy at the Ford School of Public Policy.

  • Kathryn Ann Vickers

    Kathryn Ann Vickers
    Current position: Training Coordinator, University of California, Irvine Office of Information Technology
    M.S.I., University of Michigan School of Information, 2011
    Winter 2010 intern.

    Kathryn explored issues of open access in the publishing industry in her internship. "Working at the Copyright Office opened my eyes to the complexities of copyright that people encounter everyday, sometimes without being aware of it. I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to have worked here."

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