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Fall 2021 - Digital Impact and Governance Initiative (DIGI) Intern (paid)Di

New America is a think tank and civic enterprise dedicated to renewing the promise of America by continuing the quest to realize our nation’s highest ideals, honestly confronting the challenges caused by rapid technological and social change and seizing the opportunities those changes create.

From our founding in 1999, New America has been building a different kind of think tank: one dedicated to public problem solving. Our talented team is more than just policy specialists— we’re visionary researchers, changemakers, technologists, and storytellers who understand the challenges and opportunities presented by dramatic social and technological change.

The Digital Impact and Governance Initiative (DIGI) is a program at New America working to advance open source technology projects to power the public sector. Our commitment is to support user-centered solutions that prioritize accessibility and scalability to improve the lives of people around the world. We create and collaborate with city, state, national, and international partners and believe that transformational change is accelerated by forging coalitions to bring more voices to the table.

We seek applicants who have a strong interest in civic tech and are available for a paid fully-remote internship in Fall 2021. The intern will primarily assist the program with research and policy analysis for various projects, in addition to writing content for the program’s website and social media. Interns must be self-starters who are excited to work both independently and as part of a team on a variety of civic tech research projects.


  • Work remotely approximately 20-40 hours per week (depending on your availability)
  • Support the DIGI team with thorough research and writing
  • Stay on top of advancements in the field of civic tech and social impact
  • Monitor events and research of peer organizations and leaders in the field as well as preparing for meetings and vetting project proposals
  • Help us create content and update the program’s website and social media accounts
  • Attend virtual events and Congressional hearings on behalf of the DIGI program
  • Perform some administrative work supporting DIGI projects

Learning Outcomes:

  • Gain familiarity with the use of technology for better governance and social impact applications
  • Better understand the internal operations of a non-profit organization
  • Gain leadership experience while helping us manage and monitor technology projects
  • Acquire social media tricks of the trade, while helping us build an online presence
  • Develop relationship building skills, event/project management skills while interacting with our partners and the wider civic tech community


  • Outstanding organization, follow up, and multitasking abilities
  • The ability to engage credibly with a broad range of high-level partners from foundations, civil society, the private sector, and government
  • Excellent research, writing, and communication skills
  • An interest in emerging technologies
  • An ability to work and solve problems on an independent, entrepreneurial basis with a high degree of autonomy
  • Social media aptitude and/or experience
  • Familiarity with code is a plus
  • Able to work remotely and attend some scheduled virtual meetings

Application Process:

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter. Submissions will be considered on a rolling basis. Our Fall 2021 internships will be remote. Ideal candidates would be available to start by mid September.

No phone calls, emails or letters 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 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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