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The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) is pleased to host volunteer interns interested in law, policy, and technology, who wish to contribute to CDT’s work. We offer internships over the summer and during the academic semester in our Washington, DC, office.
Interns work closely with CDT’s attorneys, technologists, and policy experts on a broad array of issues related to technology, civil liberties, and human rights, including online free expression, electronic surveillance, digital copyright, health and consumer privacy, cybersecurity, and global Internet governance.
We accept applications for three types of internships: legal, policy analysis, and technologist internships. Responsibilities and requirements for these positions are described below.
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.
In a typical summer, we usually host three to five legal interns, and one to three non-legal interns. During the academic semester, we typically have at least one intern.
Internship applicants should have an interest in Internet and technology policy, civil liberties, international human rights law, or all of the above. Successful applicants will have superior research and writing skills, the ability to take initiative and prioritize responsibilities in a fast-paced office environment, and a solid academic record. Knowledge of technology and academic or employment experience in the Internet or technology fields are not required, but they are helpful.
CDT is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.
Internships are unpaid positions. However, we encourage applicants to explore public interest funding that may be available through their individual 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.
Applicants need not be permanent residents or US citizens, but funders may require US work authorization. All interns will have the opportunity to attend Congressional, agency and court hearings, meetings, and conferences. The relatively small size of our organization guarantees close interaction with staff. During the summer in our DC office, we host a series of brown-bag lunches with technology, law, and policy experts to discuss issues of current interest.
Please send a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. All selected applicants will be interviewed by telephone, and we may ask interviewees to submit a writing sample.
Summer internships: We accept applications for summer internships from November 14 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 prefer our interns to schedule their first workday anytime in May or early June. We ask that interns work full-time in our offices for at least 10 weeks during the summer. We recognize that this requirement will usually preclude interns “splitting” their summers between two employers, but we have found that full-length summer internships make for a more successful experience, both for CDT and for the interns.
Academic-year internships: We have no set deadline for academic-year internship applications, which will be considered on a rolling basis. We welcome applications from students who could work in our Washington, DC, office on a full- or part-time basis during the academic year. Part-time interns generally must be able to work a minimum of 16 hours a week for a semester, but we would consider other proposed schedules.
Please send any inquiries to email@example.com.
The Center for Democracy & Technology is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual or gender orientation, religion, or physical ability.