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Legal/Public Policy Interns (Paid) Fall 2020 Open Technology Institute

 

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 the fall of 2020. We’re looking for people who are passionate about tech policy and eager to learn about complex issues in a rapidly-changing environment.

OTI works at the intersection of technology and policy to ensure that every community has equitable access to digital technology and its benefits. 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, police technologies, Internet governance, platform accountability, artificial intelligence, privacy, free expression, and civil liberties. OTI’s staff includes a diverse team of policy analysts, legal experts, technologists, and associates. OTI is housed within New America, a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank that invests in new thinkers and new ideas to address the next generation of challenges facing the United States.

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 memos, blogs, talking points, press releases and other documents;
  • Identify and analyze emerging issues in tech policy;
  • Track legislation related to relevant issues;
  • 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 and join 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 academic or equivalent work 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.

Whether this position will do its work in the New America office or from home will be determined during the hiring process and we anticipate that will change as circumstances dictate.

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. Must be able to work at least 30 hours/week. To be considered for this internship, please be sure to include the following in your cover letter: 1) which of OTI’s issue areas, if any, you’re particularly interested in, and 2) where you heard about this job posting. Submissions will be considered on a rolling basis.

New America is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce at all levels of the organization thereby creating a culture that allows us to better serve our mission, our employees, and our communities. We value and encourage the contributions of our employees and strive to create an environment where everyone can reach their full potential and drive outstanding results. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law. This policy applies with regard to all aspects of one’s employment, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits, and termination.

                                   

                       

 

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