Public Policy/Legal Interns (paid) – Summer 2024

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Website oti Open Technology Institute at New America

New America’s Open Technology Institute seeks enthusiastic, motivated students or individuals with equivalent experience for multiple full-time internships during summer 2024. 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 or recently graduated from an accredited university or law school, be doing or have recently completed undergraduate or graduate-level work in public policy and technology, or have equivalent professional experience. While we prefer interns to be based in Washington, DC, remote work arrangements will be considered for qualified intern candidates.

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. OTI’s work covers a range of Internet policy issues, including but not limited to artificial intelligence/machine learning, data privacy and use, online safety and security, internet governance, encryption, government surveillance, net neutrality, broadband access and adoption, and wireless broadband and spectrum.


  • 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;
  • Draft blogs, talking points, press releases and other documents;
  • Identify and analyze emerging issues in tech policy;
  • Assist with administrative tasks and event staffing;
  • Perform 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 to accompany OTI staff members attending meetings.

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

  • Current student at or recent graduate from an accredited university or law school, an individual who is doing or has recently done undergraduate or graduate level work in public policy and technology, or an individual with equivalent professional experience;
  • 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.

Submit a resume, one-page cover letter, and a brief (no more than ten page) writing sample at this link. If you have a particular interest in any of the Internet policy issues listed, please be sure to note that in your cover letter. Please also note in your cover letter where you learned about the position, and if you are seeking an in-person or remote internship. Interns are paid $22/hour. Submissions will be considered on a rolling basis.

No phone calls please.
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