Research Internship, Technology and Democracy (Summer)
Founded in 1941, Freedom House is an independent watchdog organization dedicated to the expansion of democracy around the globe. Our Research and Analysis division produces cutting-edge reports on topics such as the state of democratic institutions, key tactics employed by modern authoritarians, and how the internet is restricted and increasingly manipulated to undermine human rights, particularly of society’s most vulnerable.
The Research Intern will be housed in the Research and Analysis department and will join the technology and democracy team working to assess human rights in the digital age. The position will provide research, project, and logistical support for Freedom on the Net, Freedom House’s annual assessment of internet freedom in 70 countries, and Election Watch for the Digital Age, the organization’s project tracking the intersection of elections, internet platforms, and human rights around the world. This is a full-time (30-40 hours per week) remote position. Interns will attend internal and external meetings and have opportunities for small-group and one-on-one discussion with staff members at all levels.
Freedom House requires that interns have US work authorization and are enrolled in an accredited college or university. The internship will begin in June 2021 and continue through August. Interviews will take place in April.
- Conduct short-term and long-term desk research on topics relevant to technology and democracy, such as free expression, access to information, privacy, censorship, surveillance, disinformation, and internet regulation;
- Review, summarize, and fact-check materials for relevance and accuracy;
- Assist in preparing Freedom on the Net country reports, Election Watch for the Digital Age updates, and other written products for publication;
- Assist with the development of external communications, such as social media content, website materials, and presentations;
- Attend and take notes at internal and external events and meetings related to technology and democracy and other Freedom House issues;
- Assist with other project support activities such as data entry and event planning; and
- Perform other related duties as assigned.
- Must be enrolled in an accredited college or university and must have US work authorization;
- Demonstrated interest in international affairs and/or the ways in which the internet impacts democracy and human rights, including protections for historically marginalized communities;
- Curiosity to explore the complexities of surveillance, censorship, and disinformation, as well as to develop an understanding of how digital technology impacts elections;
- Experience conducting online research, and fact-checking and proofreading written products;
- Outstanding English writing and editing skills and a knack for drafting concise and eloquent communications;
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in a professional, academic, or personal setting;
- Eagerness to learn and grow in this position, including taking advantage of professional development opportunities and interest in learning about research processes and how non-governmental organizations function;
- Comfort working remotely as a member of a team and with limited supervision, finding solutions to problems as they arise, and taking responsibility for your work;
- Superb organizational skills and attention to detail; and
- Command of or interest to learn Microsoft Word to mark up and reformat documents and Excel to create spreadsheets that are smart and neat.
- The hired candidate is expected to begin in June 2021 and end in August 2021 for a total duration of 10 weeks. Freedom House provides a $500 monthly stipend for full-time interns.
- Diversity makes our research stronger. The negative effects of digital technology disproportionately impact marginalized populations, including people of color, women, people with disabilities, religious minorities, and the LGBT+ community. Freedom House centers these experiences in its work. We actively seek and strongly encourage applications from people with lived experience relating to our work.
- Freedom House workplace culture is one of solidarity and openness. We strive to make the office a space for reflection and growth, and value colleagues’ mental and physical well-being.
- Freedom House’s staff are currently working remotely.
Directions to Apply
For security purposes, please upload a resume (1 page) and a cover letter (max. 1 page) as a PDF describing your qualifications and interest in the position. There is no need to fill out the application system’s additional questions.