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Policy Intern (Paid) Fall 2021 Ranking Digital Rights


Ranking Digital Rights (RDR) seeks an enthusiastic and motivated current or recent undergraduate or graduate student with academic or work experience in human rights and technology policy for a full or part-time internship during the fall of 2021. We’re looking for someone who is passionate about the intersection of technology, policy, and human rights, and who is eager to learn about complex issues in a rapidly-changing non-profit environment.

RDR works to promote freedom of expression and privacy on the internet by creating global standards and incentives for companies to respect and protect users’ rights. We do this by ranking the world’s most powerful digital platforms and telecommunications companies on relevant commitments and policies, based on international human rights standards. We work with companies as well as advocates, researchers, investors, and policymakers to establish and advance global standards for corporate accountability.

Ranking Digital Rights is housed at 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. RDR is a globally distributed team, with staff working from the Washington, DC area, New York City, Berlin, Buenos Aires, and other locations.


  • Support RDR’s engagement with international institutions, multilateral organizations, governments, U.S. and global civil society organizations by:
    • Attending and monitoring congressional hearings, think tank events, etc, related to RDR’s work;
    • Tracking and researching legislation related to relevant issues and companies (e.g., Section 230, federal privacy legislation, Digital Services Act, Digital Markets Act, etc) in the US, EU, and around the world;
    • Reading and summarizing research reports; and
    • Drafting contributions to external consultations related to technology policy, business, and human rights;
  • The policy intern may have the opportunity to contribute to other RDR research and editorial projects, depending on their skills and interests.


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

  • Current or recent undergraduate or graduate student with experience and/or expertise in platform accountability, internet governance, politics, or a related field;
  • Strong interest in and awareness of current events and trends in platform accountability, internet governance, cybersecurity, encryption, government surveillance, artificial intelligence, algorithmic bias, privacy, free expression, and/or civil liberties;
  • Commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights in the digital age:
  • Proven research, due diligence, and analytical skills;
  • Comfort discussing complex technological concepts and upcoming regulation with non-expert audiences;
  • Excellent writing and communication skills;
  • Demonstrated experience working in a remote environment, including proficiency with collaborative tools like Google Suites, Slack, Asana, and video conferencing software;
  • Can be located anywhere, but must be able to overlap for at least half their working hours with the Washington, DC time zone (9 am to 5 pm ET).

Physical demands: this position often requires completing work at a computer.

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. RDR 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 three pages) writing sample.


Interns are paid $17/hour. Must be able to work at least 10 hours/week for 10 weeks. Flexible on start dates. Application deadline: August 1, 2021.

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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