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Data Journalist Intern, Open Technology Institute

Do you love telling stories with data or teaching people how technology works? Do you dream about cartograms demonstrating economic or racial disparities? Or write blog posts about the possibilities of local government data? Does analyzing and visualizing 600 million data points on Internet quality get your blood pumping? Do you thrive on making complex ideas accessible to a more general audience? You should think about an internship with the Open Technology Institute.

New America is a think tank and civic enterprise committed to renewing American politics, prosperity, and purpose in the Digital Age. We generate big ideas, bridge the gap between technology and policy, and curate broad public conversation. Structurally, we combine the best of a policy research institute, technology laboratory, public forum, media platform, and a venture capital fund for ideas. We are a distinctive community of thinkers, writers, researchers, technologists, and community activists who believe deeply in the possibility of American renewal.

New America’s Open Technology Institute seeks a full-time enthusiastic, motivated college/graduate student or individual with similar experience for a data journalist internship this Summer 2018 in our DC office. You should be passionate about tech policy and interested in learning about complex issues in a rapidly changing environment. Internships are paid and/or for credit.

The Open Technology Institute (OTI) works at the intersection of technology and policy to ensure that every community has equitable access to digital technology and its benefits. We promote universal
access to communications technologies that are both open and secure, using a multidisciplinary approach that brings together advocates, researchers, organizers, and innovators. We are housed within New America, a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank and civic enterprise committed to renewing American politics, prosperity, and purpose in the Digital Age. 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, Internet governance, privacy, and civil liberties.

Responsibilities:

  • Contribute research, writing, technical or web/software development expertise (as appropriate) to projects that may include a broad range of Internet policy issues;
  • Analyze data in a variety of databases for tech policy implications and develop visualizations that demonstrate the data’s importance;
  • Develop software, scripts or tools to support OTI’s research and analysis work as appropriate;
  • Work with OTI policy and technical experts to determine where data could improve the story being told by the research.
  • Identify and pitch data-driven stories to our internal comms team and/or external publications.
  • Research and write articles of different lengths that incorporate data into the story.
  • Suggest improvements or new processes to more consistently make references to data part of OTI’s writing process.
  • Assist with administrative tasks and event staffing;
  • Other tasks as directed.

Qualified interns will have the opportunity to author or co-author blog posts, articles, research papers, or open source code. Interns will also be able to attend educational events in Washington, DC, and to accompany OTI staff members attending meetings in Congress and administrative agencies.

Qualifications:

  • Current student at accredited college or university, recent graduate, or an individual with equivalent relevant professional experience
  • Demonstrated interest in relevant technology work
  • Research and analytical skills
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Acute attention to detail
  • Technical knowledge of Internet related tools and infrastructure a plus.
  • Ability to identify the points of interest in complex data sets and distill them into a clear and engaging story.

Application Process:
Submit a resume, one-page cover letter, link(s) to any public coding samples or technology work, and a brief (no more than 3 pages) writing sample. Links to previous data journalism work are welcome, but not required. Submissions will be considered on a rolling basis.
No phone calls please.

 

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 clientele, 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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