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Summer 2021 Internships

The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) is currently accepting applications for internships in Summer 2021. 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, equality in technology, and consumer privacy.

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

Job Responsibilities:

  • Law students and law graduates: Interns who are current law students – or who already earned a law degree – can contribute to CDT’s work by conducting legal and policy research, drafting reports and legal analyses, assisting in the preparation of testimony, presentations, legislative proposals, regulatory comments, and court briefs, and creating online educational resources.
  • Policy analysts: Interns with training or experience in policy and advocacy can contribute to CDT’s work by conducting policy research, drafting reports and analyses, assisting in the preparation of testimony, presentations, and legislative proposals, and creating online educational resources.
  • Technologists: Interns with technical training or experience can contribute to CDT’s work by conducting research, evaluating technical standards, drafting accessible policy papers about technical topics and reports, assisting in the preparation of testimony and legislative proposals, and designing online educational resources. Students from all technical or scientific majors and degree programs are encouraged to apply.

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:

Interns who are not receiving funding from another source such as a school stipend or fellowship will receive modest weekly stipends. We encourage applicants to explore public interest funding that may be available through their schools 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.

Deadline:

We accept applications for summer 2021 internships starting in November of 2020, but applications are considered on a rolling basis. We will not do initial interviews until February 2021, so applicants should not not expect to hear from us until then. If this presents a challenge to you, please feel free to contact us.

Please note: We ask that our interns work full-time 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].

Please submit your cover letter explaining your interest in interning at CDT, your current resume, and a writing sample in response to this writing prompt. These application materials should be sent to [email protected]. Please specify in your cover letter if you are applying for a legal, policy, or technologist position.

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