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Summer 2019 - Legal/Public Policy Interns (Paid)

Overview :
New America’s Open Technology Institute seeks enthusiastic, motivated law students or
individuals with equivalent experience for multiple full-time internships during summer 2019 in
our Washington, DC office. We’re looking for people who are passionate about tech policy and
eager to learn about complex issues in a rapidly-changing environment. Applicants should be
currently enrolled in an accredited law school, have recently graduated law school, be doing
graduate-level work in public policy and technology, or have recently done graduate-level work
in public policy and technology.

New America is a think tank and civic enterprise committed to renewing American politics,
prosperity, and purpose in the Digital Age. The Open Technology Institute 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. 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, 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 blogs, talking points, press releases and other documents;
  •  Identify and analyze emerging issues in tech policy;
  •  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 in Washington, DC, and to accompany OTI staff members attending
meetings in Congress and administrative agencies.

Qualifications :
Ideal candidates for the internship position will possess the following characteristics:

  • Current law student at accredited school, recent law school graduate, an individual doing graduate level work in public policy and technology, or have recently done graduate-level work in public policy and technology;
  • Demonstrated interest in relevant policy work;
  •  Proven research and analytical skills;
  • Excellent legal and policy writing skills, including writing for a general public audience;
  •  Acute attention to detail;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, OpenOffice / NeoOffice or Google Docs;● Comfort discussing legal or policy issues with non-expert audiences;● Technical knowledge of Internet related tools and infrastructure a plus.

Application Process :
Submit a resume, one-page cover letter, and a brief (no more than ten page) writing sample. If
you have a particular interest in any of the Internet policy issues listed, please be sure to note
that in your cover letter. Internships are paid $14/hour. Submissions will be considered on a
rolling basis.

No phone calls please.

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employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or
genetics or any other category as protected by law. In addition to federal law requirements, this
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promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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