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Communications Intern, Summer 2016

The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) is seeking a communications intern for Summer 2016.

About CDT

CDT is a leading nonprofit public interest organization, working at the cutting edge of digital rights policy. With expertise in law, technology, and policy, CDT engages in a variety of strategies to enhance free expression and privacy, including advocacy, public education, and research. CDT works on legislation, participates in agency rule-makings, engages in litigation, and fosters consensus-building among public interest and private sector stakeholders. CDT has offices in Washington, DC, San Francisco, and Brussels. For more information, please visit our About page.

Responsibilities

Communications interns have the opportunity to work directly on executing CDT’s strategic communications efforts. They will familiarize themselves with industry best practices and tools, engage with grassroots partners on communications efforts, write internal memos and issue briefs, attend relevant events, and research a range of technology policy topics.

This position will be full-time for the summer of 2016 in our Washington, D.C. office.

Qualifications

The ideal intern will have a strong interest in communicating complex policy issues and possess strong writing abilities. Interest in Internet & technology policy is a huge plus, as is knowledge of the D.C. media landscape, web platforms, social media and any photo or video editing experience.

CDT is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.

Compensation

The position is unpaid, however the experience is priceless!

To Apply

Interested candidate should send a cover letter, resume and writing sample to Elizabeth Seeger at [email protected] Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.


Privacy, Surveillance & Security Fellow

The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) is seeking a law school graduate to serve as a Privacy, Surveillance & Security Fellow, working on issues at the intersection of civil liberties, national security, and technology in CDT’s Washington, D.C. office. The job offers an exciting opportunity to shape key public policy issues, including government surveillance under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, cybersecurity, cross-border law enforcement demands for Internet users’ communications, reform of computer crime laws, and protecting security researchers.  It also offers both autonomy and professional development within a supportive team environment. The Fellowship is a paid, full-time, one-year or two-year position, and the Fellow reports to the Director of the CDT Freedom, Security & Technology Project.

About CDT

CDT is a leading nonprofit public interest organization, working at the cutting edge of digital rights policy. With expertise in law, technology, and policy, CDT engages in a variety of strategies to enhance free expression and privacy, including advocacy, public education, and research. CDT works on legislation, participates in agency rule-makings, engages in litigation, and fosters consensus-building among public interest and private sector stakeholders. CDT has offices in Washington, DC, San Francisco, and Brussels. For more information, please visit our About page.

Responsibilities

Responsibilities of the Privacy, Surveillance & Security Fellow include:

Qualifications

This position is designed for lawyers with experience in civil liberties issues arising from government surveillance. An ideal candidate would have:

Compensation

Salary is competitive with public interest and government pay scales. CDT provides a generous benefits package that includes health care and dental coverage, a retirement plan, paid vacation, sick days, and parental leave.

To Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected].


Deputy Director: Freedom, Security & Technology Project

The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) is seeking an experienced lawyer to work on issues at the intersection of civil liberties, national security, and technology in CDT’s Washington, D.C. office. This job offers an exciting opportunity to shape key public policy issues, including government surveillance under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, cybersecurity, cross-border law enforcement demands for Internet users’ communications, reform of computer crime laws, and protecting security researchers. It also offers both autonomy and professional development within a supportive team environment. The Deputy Director will report to the Director of the Freedom, Security & Technology Project.

About CDT

CDT is a leading nonprofit public interest organization, working at the cutting edge of digital rights policy. With expertise in law, technology, and policy, CDT engages in a variety of strategies to enhance free expression and privacy, including advocacy, public education, and research. CDT works on legislation, participates in agency rule-makings, engages in litigation, and fosters consensus-building among public interest and private sector stakeholders. CDT has offices in Washington, DC, San Francisco, and Brussels. For more information, please visit our About page.

Responsibilities

Responsibilities of the Deputy Director of the Freedom, Security & Technology Project include:

Qualifications

This position is designed for lawyers with substantial experience in civil liberties issues surrounding government surveillance. An ideal candidate would have:

Compensation

Salary is commensurate with experience and is competitive with public interest and government pay scales. CDT provides a generous benefits package that includes health care and dental coverage, a retirement plan, paid vacation, sick days, and parental leave.

 

To Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected].


Internet Free Expression Fellow

The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) is seeking a fellow to work for two years on issues at the intersection of free expression and technology in CDT’s Washington, DC, office. CDT works to preserve freedom of expression and other human rights online through a variety of strategies, including advocacy, public education, and research. CDT engages in legislative debates and litigation at the state and federal level, participates in agency rulemaking and other policy development processes, and works to build best practices with industry and other civil society advocates to preserve the open Internet as a platform for the widest range of free expression.

The Internet Free Expression Fellowship offers an exciting opportunity to work on challenging issues related to free expression in the United States and around the world. The Fellow will be deeply engaged in CDT’s work advocating for strong First Amendment/human rights protections for online speech and promoting legal and policy frameworks that shield intermediaries from legal liability for the content they host and transmit on behalf of their users. The Fellow will also contribute to CDT’s work across a number of topics, dealing with the intersection of free expression and such as issues as digital copyright, net neutrality, and privacy. The Fellow will be encouraged to identify and lead CDT’s work on new and emerging issues in online free expression.

About CDT

CDT is a leading nonprofit public interest organization, working at the cutting edge of digital rights policy. With expertise in law, technology, and policy, CDT engages in a variety of strategies to enhance free expression and privacy, including advocacy, public education, and research. CDT works on legislation, participates in agency rule-makings, engages in litigation, and fosters consensus-building among public interest and private sector stakeholders. CDT has offices in Washington, DC, San Francisco, and Brussels. For more information, please visit our About page.

Responsibilities

Qualifications

This entry-level position is ideal for recent law and policy graduates or other professionals with demonstrated work experience or interest in free expression, information policy, civil liberties, and technology policy, and a demonstrated commitment to public interest law. An ideal candidate would have:

This two-year position offers both autonomy and professional development within a supportive team environment. The Internet Free Expression Fellow will be fully integrated into CDT’s Project on Free Expression, which works closely with a number of other CDT projects including the Open Internet Project, the Project on Global Internet Policy and Human Rights, and the Privacy and Data Project. The Fellow will be part of CDT’s staff and will participate in staff meetings, strategy discussions, and working group consultations.

Compensation

Salary is competitive with public interest and government pay scales. CDT provides a generous benefits package that includes health care and dental coverage, a retirement plan, paid vacation, sick days, and parental leave.

To Apply

Please send a cover letter, along with a resume and short writing sample, to [email protected] Two letters of recommendation will ultimately be required of leading candidates, but may optionally be submitted with the initial application.

Deadline: Open until filled. Fellowship start date is somewhat flexible, between August and October 2016.


Ron Plesser Fellow

The Center for Democracy & Technology is seeking applicants for the Ron Plesser Fellowship, a two-year public interest fellowship for recent law school graduates looking to practice in the areas of privacy law, civil liberties, and Internet policy in CDT’s Washington, DC office. The Plesser Fellow will focus on consumer privacy issues, but will also have the opportunity to work on the full range of CDT’s legal and public policy activities. Previous Plesser Fellows have worked on a wide variety of topics related to Internet policy and civil liberties, including government ID programs, government access to user data, mobile applications, online identity, free expression, international policy issues, and baseline consumer privacy legislation.

CDT works to keep the Internet open, innovative, and free. With expertise in law, technology, and policy, CDT engages in a variety of strategies to enhance free expression and privacy, including advocacy, public education, and research. CDT works on legislation, participates in agency rulemakings, engages in litigation, and fosters consensus-building among public interest and private sector stakeholders.

The Ron Plesser Fellowship was established by CDT and the law firm of DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary in honor of Ron Plesser, a senior partner at the firm who died suddenly in the fall of 2004. Ron began his career as a public interest lawyer and grew into a leader in the fields of e-commerce, freedom of information, and privacy law. Over the course of his legal career, Ron helped frame the still-evolving legal standards for information policy in the digital era. Ron Plesser worked closely with CDT from its founding nearly twenty years ago. The fellowship honors his memory by identifying and nurturing the careers of young lawyers interested in learning the consensus-building approach to policymaking that Ron’s career exemplified.

About CDT

CDT is a leading nonprofit public interest organization, working at the cutting edge of digital rights policy. With expertise in law, technology, and policy, CDT engages in a variety of strategies to enhance free expression and privacy, including advocacy, public education, and research. CDT works on legislation, participates in agency rule-makings, engages in litigation, and fosters consensus-building among public interest and private sector stakeholders. CDT has offices in Washington, DC, San Francisco, and Brussels. For more information, please visit our About page.

Responsibilities

Qualifications

This fellowship is open to third year law students and recent law graduates with exemplary academic records, an interest in privacy, information policy, civil liberties, and technology policy, and a demonstrated commitment to public interest law. Individuals completing other fellowships are also welcome to apply. Our ideal candidate possesses:

Compensation

Salary is competitive with public interest and government pay scales.

Terms of Fellowship

The Plesser Fellowship requires a two-year commitment from the Fellow, to commence on a mutually agreed date between August and October 2016.

To Apply

Please submit applications to [email protected] by February 12, 2016. The email should have the subject line “Plesser 2016 Fellowship.” Applicants should include a cover letter explaining their interest in the field of privacy, civil liberties, and Internet policy along with a resume and two writing samples. Two letters of recommendation will ultimately be required of leading candidates, but may optionally be submitted with the initial application. CDT will review applications on a rolling basis and early applicants may have an advantage.

Important Deadlines:


Law, Policy & Technologist Intern, Summer 2016

The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) is currently accepting applications for unpaid internships in Summer 2016. College and law school students, recent graduates, and graduate students with an interest in Internet and technology policy, human rights, and/or civil liberties are invited to apply.

Summer interns work closely with CDT policy experts, technologists, and attorneys on an array of civil liberties and international human rights issues related to technology and the Internet, including online free expression, electronic surveillance, digital copyright, cybersecurity, Internet governance, and consumer privacy.

We accept applications for three types of internships: legal, policy analysis, and technologist internships. Responsibilities and requirements for these positions are described below.

About CDT

CDT is a leading nonprofit public interest organization, working at the cutting edge of digital rights policy. With expertise in law, technology, and policy, CDT engages in a variety of strategies to enhance free expression and privacy, including advocacy, public education, and research. CDT works on legislation, participates in agency rule-makings, engages in litigation, and fosters consensus-building among public interest and private sector stakeholders. CDT has offices in Washington, DC, San Francisco, and Brussels. For more information, please visit our About page.

Responsibilities

In a typical summer, we usually host three to five legal interns, and one to three non-legal interns.

Qualifications

Students from all majors and degree programs are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have an interest in Internet and technology policy, civil liberties and/or human rights law, strong research and writing skills, the ability to take initiative and prioritize responsibilities in a fast-paced office environment, and a strong academic record.

CDT is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.

Compensation

Internships are unpaid; we encourage applicants to explore public interest funding that may be available through their schools, the Google Policy Fellowship and foundations such as the Ford Foundation. To secure summer funding, you must submit an application directly to CDT in addition to any school or foundation application processes.

To Apply

Please send a cover letter explaining your interest in interning at CDT and your current resume to [email protected] All selected applicants will be interviewed by telephone, during which time we may ask interviewees to submit references or a writing sample.

Due to the large number of applications, only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

Deadlines
We accept applications for summer internships from November 1 to March 15, but applications are considered on a rolling basis, and we may complete our selection process in mid-February or early March.

Please note: We ask that our interns work full-time in our offices for at least 10 weeks during the summer, starting in late May or early June. We recognize that this requirement will usually preclude interns “splitting” their summers between two employers, but have found that a 10-week internship provides the best experience for interns and their supervisors.

Please send any inquiries to [email protected]


The Center for Democracy & Technology is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, or physical ability.