Research/Policy Intern

· Washington, District of Columbia
Employment Type Intern

Location: Remote in the U.S.

Date Posted: May 5, 2021

Internship Summary & Opportunity

Free Press is seeking a virtual summer research/policy intern for our team! Join us as we work to realize a more just media system and society. The intern will gain experience across issue areas and projects within our future of media and media reparations program, and our work to understand the impact of the climate crisis on communication infrastructure. 

The Research/Policy Intern will be mentored by the Senior Director of Strategy & Engagement. 

Primary Responsibilities 

  • Learn about and participate in research that expands the conversation on the media system’s role in racial injustice and how the climate crisis is and will impact the ability of communities of color to make a call or go online to get help during a disaster. 
  • Conduct research project on media policies, history of anti-Black media and the impact of the climate crisis  on telecom infrastructure 
  • Gain experience in setting up meetings with congressional offices and joining Free Press staff members in lobbying congressional staffers (by zoom)
  • Provide administrative support (i.e., scheduling, note-taking) on meetings with project partners

Ideal candidate

  • Has familiarity with issues regarding racism in the media and media policies 
  • Has experience with community organizing for social justice, or really cares about Black liberation
  • Is looking to learn more about how media can be a tool for building a more just society
  • Has a commitment to racial equity and experience working with communities of color
  • Is a creative self-starter, able to move projects forward with limited oversight to accomplish agreed upon objectives and to evaluate results
  • Is able to navigate competing priorities and effectively adjust plans to respond to emergent challenges or opportunities
  • Is able to remain positive, tactful and composed under pressure
  • Must be a team player with a low-ego approach to collaboration 
  • Must demonstrate excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
  • Must value and respect differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ability and socioeconomic circumstance
  • Dedication to Free Press’ mission of fighting for everyone’s rights to connect and communicate, in addition to the overall success of the organization.


  • We consider applications from people who are currently enrolled in college or graduate school. 
  • Applicants must fulfill their academic institutions’ requirements for securing credit for the internship.
  • Strong interest in media and technology issues 
  • Attention to detail, flexibility and demonstrated capacity to operate in a fast-paced environment
  • Must have ability to succeed in a predominately remote environment, including working with an off-site manager, adopting and maintaining strong digital security practices, and fostering connection and community with colleagues located throughout the U.S.

What’s the time commitment?

  • This internship requires a 10–12 week commitment, typically between June - August. 
  • Hours per week are flexible based on the applicant's availability, generally 20 hours per week. Hours will be determined and set in collaboration with the selected candidate prior to the start of an internship.
  • A stipend of $4,000 - $6,000 is available and based on weeks and hours committed. 
  • Application deadline is May 28, though we consider applicants on a rolling basis. 

How to apply:

Complete our online application at the link in the upper right corner. Fully answering the application questions is an important part of the application process; 250 words or no more than a full paragraph in response to each question will help us understand your thinking.

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We are actively seeking to build a diverse and inclusive team with a wide range of backgrounds, perspectives and skills. People of color, women, people with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender, gender-nonconforming and formerly incarcerated individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

If you meet some of the qualifications above, we encourage you to apply or to reach out for more information. We know groups subjected to systemic oppression– including people of color, women, people from working class backgrounds, and people who identify as LGBTQ – are less likely to apply unless and until they meet every requirement for an internship. Therefore, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other communities which are marginalized.

We provide reasonable accommodations for the application, interview, or any other aspect of the internship selection process to applicants with disabilities. Please email to request an accommodation.

Key dates:

This position was posted on May 6, 2021. The application deadline is May 14, though we consider applicants on a rolling basis.  Ideally, the internship will begin in June 2021.

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