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Summer 2020 - Legal/Public Policy Interns (Paid)

New America’s Open Technology Institute seeks enthusiastic and motivated current or recent undergraduate or graduate students with academic or work experience in law, technology, or public policy, for multiple full-time internships during summer 2020 in our Washington, DC office. We’re looking for people who are passionate about tech policy and eager to learn about complex issues in a rapidly-changing environment.

New America is a think tank and civic enterprise committed to renewing American politics, prosperity, and purpose in the Digital Age. The Open Technology Institute works at the intersection of technology and policy to ensure that every community has equitable access to digital technology and its benefits. We promote universal access to communications technologies that are both open and secure, using a multidisciplinary approach that brings together advocates, researchers, organizers, and innovators. OTI’s work covers a range of Internet policy issues, including but not limited to net neutrality, broadband access and adoption, wireless broadband and spectrum, cybersecurity, encryption, government surveillance, Internet governance, platform accountability, artificial intelligence, privacy, free expression, and civil liberties.

Responsibilities:

  • Contribute research, writing, and technical expertise (as appropriate) to regulatory filings, policy papers and other projects;
  • Conduct in-depth research and writing on a variety of topics;
  • Drafting blogs, talking points, press releases and other documents;
  • Identify and analyze emerging issues in tech policy;
  • Assist with administrative tasks and event staffing;
  • Other tasks as directed.

Qualified interns may have the opportunity to author or co-author blog posts, articles, research papers, as well as FCC and other regulatory filings. Interns will also have the opportunity to attend educational events in Washington, DC, and to accompany OTI staff members attending meetings with allied coalitions and in Congress and administrative agencies.

Qualifications:

Ideal candidates for the internship position will possess the following characteristics:

  • Current or recent undergrad or grad student who has experience in public policy and technology, current law student at an accredited school, or a recent law school graduate;
  • Demonstrated interest in relevant policy work;
  • Proven research and analytical skills;
  • Excellent legal and/or policy writing skills, including writing for a general public audience;
  • Acute attention to detail;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and/or Google Docs;
  • Comfort discussing legal or policy issues with non-expert audiences;
  • Technical knowledge of Internet related tools and infrastructure a plus.

Physical demands: this position often requires completing work at a computer, as well as walking as part of day-to-day work and stakeholder engagement meetings.

Technological disruption, online discrimination, and the digital divide disproportionately affect historically marginalized communities in society, including people of color, women, and LGBTQIA people. OTI is committed to centering the needs of these communities in our work, and we strongly encourage applications from people with a diverse array of backgrounds to support this mission.

How to apply:

Submit a resume, one-page cover letter, and a brief (no more than 3 page) writing sample. Internships are paid $15/hour. Submissions will be considered on a rolling basis.

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