Legal/Public Policy Interns(Paid), Summer 2021

Washington, DC
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 summer of 2021. 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. With an ongoing pandemic, a racial justice movement, and a new administration setting policy priorities, this work is more important than ever.

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.

  • 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.

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.

At the time of this posting, all New America staff are working remotely, and New America is continuing to evaluate when, and under what circumstances, staff will return to working in the Washington, DC office. Regardless of any changes to the remote work policy, all internships will be able to be completed remotely.

Technological disruption, online discrimination, and the digital divide disproportionately affect the most historically marginalized communities in society, including people of color, women, LGBTQIA+ people, and people with a disability. 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.

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