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Law, Policy & Technologist Intern, Summer 2017

The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) is currently accepting applications for unpaid internships in Summer 2017. 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 in headquartered in Washington, DC. 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.


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.


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 use the form below to submit your cover letter explaining your interest in interning at CDT, and your current resume. If you would rather send them in a separate email please send them 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.

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

We accept applications for summer internships from November 16 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 D.C. office 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.