Jobs & Internships

  1. The majority of our openings are rolling applications, so we encourage you to submit your application as early as possible to ensure we have ample time to review and to ensure that you are considered for the position you are interested in.

Current Jobs:

Position: Advocacy Director

Position: Security Incident Handler - Manila, Philippines


Current Internships:

Position: Internet Governance Reform Internship

Position: Digital Due Process Internship

Position: Telco Policy Internship

Position: Tech Policy Internship

Position: Brussels Policy Internship

Position: Brussels Engagement Internship 

Position: Policy Internship

Position: Campaign Internship

Position: Communications and Social Media Internship

Position: Communication Design Internship

Position: Tech Internship

We are now accepting applications for our summer internships! Apply or get more information at internships@accessnow.org


Position: Security Incident Handler - Manila, Philippines

Access' Security Incident Handler, Manila, Philippines, will be responsible for manning Access Tech's 24 x 7 x 365 Digital Security Helpline, providing rapid response information security capability to meet the needs of NGO staff, and other civil society clients around the globe.

We are looking for dedicated and passionate individuals whom possess much of the technical criteria outlined below, but more importantly, candidates are passionate about digital security, human rights, and personal liberties and are inspired by our mission to defend these rights and fight for open and secure communications for all. A successful candidate is someone who is always looking for ways to learn and improve, and who is dedicated to applying their computer and technical skills to help those in need across Asia and the world.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Perform incident rapid response duties via phone, email, and other communication channels. Perform client risk assessments. Give structured advice and recommendations as required, verbally and in written format. 
  • Document case history and maintain chain of evidence. 
  • Perform investigations and forensic analysis as required. Give security training to clients as required. 
  • Mitigate DDoS attacks, worm and virus outbreaks, and targeted attacks with trojans, rootkits, and other malware 
  • Defend the computer systems and web presence of clients. 
  • Security harden and patch systems, inc. MS Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. 
  • Build and deploy blackout resilient technologies in the field. 
  • Operate, manage, fix, tune, and upgrade IDS sensors, and operate a SEIM to analyze complex attacks and generate reports. 
  • Build, manage, tune, fix, and upgrade circumvention server capacity. 
  • Perform systems administration tasks as required. 
  • Do software development work as required. 
  • Appear in court and present forensic evidence if required. 

Education:

  • Must have a core computer science / technical competency (eg Comp Sci degree)  
  • Extensive training covering most of the 'Essential Duties & Responsibilities' (see above) will be provided to the successful candidate for this role. No specialist security education is required beyond that received in obtaining the computer science degree. 

Required Knowledge & Skills:

  • Some exposure to Microsoft XP, Vista, 7, 8, Mac OSX, and Linux operating systems. Familiarity with Wifi, TCP/IP, SMTP, HTTP/S, TLS, PKI, VPN, VM, SSH, etc. 

Additional Desired Technical Skills:

  • IDS, Cisco networking, Apache and IIS HTTPDs, Squid Proxy/Cache, Mailman, Postfix, Firewalls, TAILS, Web development, Perl, C, PHP, Javascript, Wireshark, MySQL. 

Required Personal Qualities:

  • Unshakable integrity and personal ethics; dedicated, reliable and trustworthy, with a willingness to provide feedback and ask for assistance in challenging situations.  
  • Energetic and confident. Comfortable performing multifaceted projects in conjunction with routine activities. Must possess strong analytical capabilities, be resourceful and well organized with excellent verbal and written communication skills.  
  • Must be able to work in a high stress emergency environment that requires sustained focus; have an appetite for responsibility and perform careful, diligent work. Must be able to work unsupervised.  
  • Willing and ready to learn new things, be trained in incident handling and intrusion detection; and be willing to adhere to a strict procedural modus operandi as defined by Access.  
  • Be available for travel throughout the Asia region and beyond at short notice and for periods up to three months in length.  
  • Keep technical knowledge and skills up to date, and be willing to attend trainings and conferences as required by Access. 

Language Skills:

  • Good ability in English Language essential. Spanish, Mandarin, Arabic, or other languages an advantage. 

Location: Manila, Philippines

Commitment: Full-time, 8 hour daytime shift (business hours), 4 days on / 2 days off shift schedule.

Remuneration: TBD

Reporting: This role will report to the Security Incident Shift Lead – Manila, and Access' Technology Director.

Application Requirements:

To apply, send a copy of your CV, a cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications for the position, and two references (only one may be academic) to:

  • jobs@accessnow.org 
  • Please place “Security Incident Handler, Manila, Philippines - [Your Name]” as the subject line.

Advocacy Director

Position Description

Access is seeking an Advocacy Director to manage a broad portfolio with responsibility for Access’ advocacy, communications, and digital presence. The position is a senior management position, with multiple direct reports, reporting to the Executive Director.

About Access:

Access (accessnow.org) is a growing organization dedicated to defending and extending the digital rights of users at risk around the world, including issues of privacy, security, freedom of expression, and transparency. Our policy, advocacy, and technology teams have staff presences in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East/North Africa, North America, and Southeast Asia, to provide global support to our mission.

About the Role:

The Advocacy Director manages a broad portfolio of issues and a dynamic team of advocates, communicators, and designers. The position is responsible for leading Access’ global advocacy and campaigns, membership and coalitions, media and communications, web properties and social media, communications products, branding and design, and community fundraising; as well as playing an active role in the production of Access’ annual global conference, RightsCon. The Advocacy Director works closely with the Policy and Technology Directors, with guidance and oversight from the Executive Director, to deliver on these responsibilities. The role includes seven direct reports in three time zones, including full and contract staff, and not including interns. The position reports directly to the Executive Director and is a member of the management team.

About You: You’re an advocate at heart, and a geek by nature. You have an instinctive knack for identifying and developing the strategies and partnerships needed to protect the internet and those who use it, and the global experience and outlook to do it right. You have management experience, but you’ve also spent time walking the halls of parliament or a protest line. You’re not intimidated by the press, or you’ve been a journalist yourself. You know the difference between when to name and shame and when to play inside baseball, whether you’re in D.C. or New Delhi, Brussels or Brasilia.

Responsibilities:

  • Collaborating with Access’ senior management to identify and develop key strategic global advocacy initiatives that will further Access’ mission in defense of at-risk users; 
  • Supervising Access’ Advocacy team staff to implement campaigns and advocacy initiatives with clear and measurable outcomes; 
  • Developing and executing a comprehensive, substance-driven vision for Access’ global media and communications strategy, including the Access blog and weekly newsletter (the Access Express); 
  • Representing Access in coalitions and on advisory councils with partner organizations; 
  • Supervising production and management of Access’ digital properties, including the main website, issue sites, social media, communications products, and mailers; 
  • Overseeing the evolution and execution of Access’ visual identity, branding, and design products; 
  • Overseeing the development and execution of a community membership and online fundraising program; 
  • Developing materials for a range of audiences, including articles, op-eds, speeches, campaign content, press releases, blog posts, social media, and multimedia content; 
  • Responding to queries from the media, the public, and colleagues in the digital rights community and taking initiative to promote Access’ views in public discussion; 
  • Identifying and cultivating potential sources of financial support, including drafting funding proposals; 
  • Regularly representing Access in the media, at public events and conferences, and before relevant governmental and other policymaking bodies as necessary; 

Requirements

  • A minimum of 3-5 years of relevant professional experience (communication, campaigning, advocacy, public relations, journalism) in outreach positions (campaigner, strategist, lobbyist, community manager, ambassador of fun, etc), with progressively increasing levels of responsibility, preferably in the NGO world; 
  • A demonstrable knowledge of relevant international human rights and technology policy issues and experience in advocacy, journalism, communications, campaigning, or organizing, and the proven ability to apply this capacity towards complex and concurrent goals; 
  • A proven capacity to synthesize complex information in fluid and rapidly changing contexts, and the ability to design solution sets to achieve meaningful change outcomes;
  • Strong project management skills with an ability to lead and motivate a multi-disciplinary team to meet and prioritize multiple deadlines in a complex and fluid environment;
  • A strong sense of aesthetic and talent for imagining, if not actually designing, visuals to complement advocacy and communications efforts; and  
  • Excellent spoken, expository, and persuasive writing and editing skills; 
  • Cultural sensitivity and the ability to get on with a wide range of people from around the world; 
  • Fluency in at least one language other than English, preferably Spanish, Arabic, or German; 
  • ability to travel internationally and domestically 
  • Solid non-technical understanding of security technologies or better; 
  • A graduate degree related to human rights, communications, journalism, law, or other relevant field is a plus. 

Location:

This is a full time position based in one of Access’ offices in Washington, D.C. (USA), New York (USA), Brussels (Belgium), Tunis (Tunisia), Santiago (Chile), San Jose (Costa Rica), or Manila (The Philippines).

Salary:

Competitive salary commensurate with experience and benefits.

To Apply:

To apply, send an email to jobs@accessnow.org with the following documents attached:

  • Résumé/CV Cover letter outlining your suitability for the role, current salary, salary expectations 
  • Two references 
  • A recent online meme or campaign you’ve seen related to global human rights 

Please remember to reference your email application with the subject line: “Advocacy Director - [Your Name]

Deadline:

Published March 25th, rolling until filled.


Position: Internet Governance Reform Internship

About the Organization

Access is an international human rights organization dedicated to defending and extending the digital rights of users at risk around the world. With offices in Brussels, New York, Santiago, and Tunis, we combine innovative policy, user engagement, and direct technical support, and work globally with activists, civil society, and policymakers to build technical capacity and advocate for open and secure communications for all.

Internet Governance Reform (IGR) Initiative and Internship

Internet governance gets at the heart of who should run the internet and how. In the wake of recent revelations of mass surveillance, this issue has never been more contentious. Our Internet Governance Reform initiative aims to keep decisions about the internet open, transparent, inclusive, and rights-respecting. The future of the internet is literally on the line.

The IGR Intern will work directly with one of our senior policy analysts and support us in analyzing and contributing to international and national policy processes, advocating with governments and companies, building coalitions, and educating the public about important developments in Internet governance.

Interns can expect the following responsibilities, tasks and experiences:

  • To gain specialized knowledge in internet governance and policy 
  • Be mentored and trained by a member of our policy team 
  • Research, write, and edit policy briefs and position papers with full attribution 
  • Prepare external and internal advocacy materials and write blog posts 
  • Meet partner groups and participate in on- and off-site meetings and strategy sessions 
  • Attend and contribute to our team meetings - Gain insight into how international NGOs work 

Qualifications

A successful applicant will be enrolled in (or a recent graduate of) a program in law, political science, international relations, or have an interest in technology, digital and human rights, or political participation. Preference will be given to candidates in a masters, or equivalent, program.

Being well organized, motivated, and reliable will also help your application. So will proven research and writing skills and fluency in a foreign language, but if you only speak English, that’s fine too.

Interns will ideally work out of our amazing New York City Office. However, due to our love of the internet, we’re happy to talk virtually and applicants will be considered from locations worldwide.

Time Commitment

  • One full academic term (usually 3 to 4 months) 
  • Minimum of 16-20 hours per week (more if desirable; negotiable depending on specific circumstances of candidate) 
  • A small stipend may be available. 
  • Start date – ASAP 

Application Requirements

To apply, send a copy of your CV, a cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications for the position, and two references (An academic and a character reference) to internships@accessnow.org.

Please place “Internet Governance Intern – [Your Name]” as the subject line.

Deadline: ASAP with applications accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.


Position: Digital Due Process Intern

About Access

Access is an international human rights organization dedicated to defending and extending the digital rights of users at risk around the world. With offices in Brussels, New York, Santiago, and Tunis, we combine innovative policy, user engagement, and direct technical support, and work globally with activists, civil society, and policymakers to build technical capacity and advocate for open and secure communications for all.

Digital Due Process Initiative and Internship

Recent revelations about mass surveillance revelations have demonstrated that gross violations of user privacy, in the name of national security programs and traditional criminal law enforcement, are happening at an unprecedented scale. These violations have chilling effects on freedom of expression and other human rights internationally. This position offers the opportunity to work on one of the defining human rights issues of our time by helping to reform laws and craft new international norms regarding due process and privacy online.

The Digital Due Process Intern will work directly with one of our senior policy analysts and support us in analyzing and contributing to international and national policy processes, advocating with governments and companies, building coalitions, and educating the public about important developments in Internet governance.

Interns can expect the following responsibilities, tasks and experiences:

  • To gain specialized knowledge in privacy and civil liberties law and policy
  • To work at the meaningful intersection of digital rights and national security 
  • Be mentored and trained by a member of our policy team 
  • Research, write, and edit policy briefs and position papers with full attribution 
  • Prepare external and internal advocacy materials and write blog posts 
  • Meet partner groups and participate in on- and off-site meetings and strategy sessions 
  • Attend and contribute to our team meetings 
  • Gain insight into how international NGOs work 

Qualifications

  A successful applicant will be enrolled in or a recent graduate of a masters program in law, political science, international relations, or have an interest in technology, digital and human rights, or political participation.

Being well organized, motivated, and reliable will help your application. Applicants should demonstrate research and writing skills. Please indicate on your application if you are fluent in a foreign language.

Interns will ideally work out of our Washington, D.C. Office. However, due to our love of the internet, we’re happy to talk virtually and applicants will be considered from locations worldwide.

Time Commitment

  • One full academic term (usually 3 to 4 months) 
  • Minimum of 16-20 hours per week, more if desired! 
  • This internship is unpaid, but we’ll gladly offer academic credit and assistance where possible 
  • Start date – ASAP 

Application Requirements

To apply, send a copy of your CV or resume, a cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications for the position, and two references (An academic and a character reference) to internships@accessnow.org. Please place “Digital Due Process Intern – [Your Name]” as the subject line. Deadline: ASAP with applications accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Access is an international NGO based in New York, NY. We are an equal opportunity employer. We value and encourage diversity and consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other legally protected status.


Position: Telco Policy Internship

Deadline: Rolling application

About the Organization Access is an international human rights organization dedicated to defending and extending the digital rights of users at risk around the world. With offices in Brussels, New York, Washington DC, Santiago, and Tunis, we combine innovative policy, user engagement, and direct technical support, and work globally with activists, civil society, and policymakers to build technical capacity and advocate for open and secure communications for all.

The Telcos and Human Rights Policy Initiative and Internship

A policy internship at Access is your chance to join our policy team working on emerging threats to digital rights and to connect with our global network of internet policy makers. The Telco Policy Internship is led by Policy Counsel Peter Micek and focuses on creating a rights-respecting telecommunications environment for citizens the world over.

During this internship, you’ll be working on key issues in the telco sector, such as greater transparency and countering government surveillance. The Telcos and Human Rights policy initiative encourages businesses to directly consider risks to privacy, free expression, and access to information as important factors that affect both the human rights of users and also the long-term sustainability of the sector.

Telco Interns can expect the following responsibilities, tasks and experiences:

  • Gain specialized knowledge and learn about the crossroads of business and human rights, including corporate social responsibility and sustainable investing. 
  • Work with stakeholders that include telco companies, regulating bodies, the investing community and civil society groups.  
  • Develop guidance on human rights policies and practices for the world’s largest telecoms. 
  • Research, write, and edit policy briefs and position papers (with your name on them!) 
  • Prepare external and internal advocacy materials and write blog posts 
  • Attend and contribute to our team meetings and gain insight into how international NGOs work 
  • Become part of this discussion, to learn and contribute to our work and shared goals 

Qualifications

Ideally, candidates are enrolled in a university (or a recent graduate) of law, political science, international relations, sustainable business or with a technology background.

Being well organized, motivated, and reliable will also help your application. So will proven research and writing skills and fluency in a foreign language, but if you only speak English, that’s fine too.

Interns will ideally work out of our amazing New York City Office. However, due to our love of the internet, we’re happy to talk virtually and applicants will be considered from locations worldwide.

Time Commitment and considerations

  • One full academic term (usually 3 to 4 months) 
  • A minimum of 16-20 hours per week, more negotiable 
  • Start date ASAP 
  • This internship is unpaid, but we’ll gladly offer academic credit and assistance where possible. 

Application Requirements

To apply, send a copy of your CV, a cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications for the position, and two references (only one may be academic) to jobs@accessnow.org.

Please place “Telco Intern – [Your Name]” as the subject line. 


Position: Tech Policy Intern

Deadline: Rolling application

About Tech Policy at Access

The Access Tech Policy team provides data-driven analysis, preventative advice, and digital security tools for activists and civil society in circumstances where communications are not open, free, and safe. Through a detailed understanding of the landscape of threats facing human rights defenders and the capabilities and limits of existing privacy and anonymity tools, we aim to effect positive systemic change to extend the enjoyment of digital rights of users at risk around the world.

The Tech Policy team creates web-based digital security education and risk assessment materials, manages the Tech Innovation Prize for secure communications tools, and researches and writes on the digital security issues facing civil society as part of the Global Civil Society at Risk series.

About the Internship

Tech Policy interns will work with the Technology Director, Manager of Tech Policy & Programs, and other members of the Access team to analyze and mitigate current and emerging threats to digital rights. Tech Policy interns will participate as full members of the Tech and Policy teams, including researching cutting-edge privacy and anonymity tools, building threat modelling and risk assessment frameworks for human rights defenders, compiling and analyzing data on attacks on civil society, outreach and coordination of tech innovation awards, writing reports, blogging, providing technical advice, and participating in the development and execution of Access’ signature initiatives.

Particularly talented and committed tech policy interns may be extended an invitation to join the Access Tech Policy Fellowship Program, where they will further have the opportunity to conduct substantive research in an area of their choice that falls under the purview of Access’ organizational mission.

Qualifications

Successful applicants will be bright, highly motivated individuals with strong academic records and an interest and aptitude for human rights, information security, and communications. Tech policy interns will be actively involved in building and sharing Access’ capabilities and knowledge, and as such must be self-starters with proven research and analytical skills, the ability to communicate digital security concepts, the capacity to multitask in a fast-paced environment, and a passion to use technology to secure and extend human rights wherever those rights are at risk. A fluency in a foreign language is a plus, but not required of this position.

While it is preferable that interns be located in New York City for the duration of their internship, since most of Access’ work is conducted digitally, applicants will be considered from locations worldwide. The start and end dates of this internship are negotiable.

Time Commitment

  • One full academic term (usually 3 to 4 months)
  • 15-20 hours per week (more if desirable; negotiable depending on specific circumstances of candidate)

Application Requirements

  • To apply, send a copy of your CV, a cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications for the position, and two references (only one may be academic) to jobs@accessnow.org.
  • Please place “Tech Policy Intern – [Your Name]” as the subject line.

Position: Brussels Policy Internship

Deadline: Rolling Application

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Access (accessnow.org) is a young and growing organisation dedicated to defending and extending the digital rights of users at risk around the world. Now we're seeking a policy intern in our Brussels office to work on critical issues of privacy, data protection, and network neutrality in Europe.

About the Organization:

Access is an international human rights organisation that believes the realisation of human rights in the 21st century is increasingly dependent on free and unfettered access to the internet and other forms of technology. Founded in the wake of the 2009 Iranian post-election crackdown, Access has three core areas of work: policy analysis and development, direct technical support for civil society, and public engagement. We have offices in Brussels, New York, Santiago, and Tunis, and work with activists, civil society, and policymakers around the world to build technical capacity and advocate for digital rights.

About the Policy Arm:

The Policy arm provides tech-driven policy guidance to governments, corporations, and civil society with a view to defend and extend the digital rights of users at risk around the world.

About the Internship:

We are looking for a policy intern in the Brussels office who will work primarily on the issues of network neutrality, privacy, and data protection in Europe. The intern will participate as a full member of the Policy Team and will be expected to participate in team meetings, write policy briefs and position papers, edit reports, compile data, prepare advocacy materials for internal and external use, contribute to the blog, and assist in the development and execution of Access’ initiatives in Brussels.

Qualifications:

Successful applicants will be committed, highly motivated individuals with strong academic records and an interest and aptitude for human rights, European policy, technology, and public organising. Relevant experience in the field of ICT, particularly those with a technical background are preferred. Policy interns must be self-starters with proven research and analytical skills, strong writing and editing abilities, and a capacity to multitask in a fast-paced environment. Fluency in French or other European languages is a plus, but not required for this position.

Details

  • Internship Period: 3 months
  • Time Commitment: Full time
  • Compensation: This is a paid internship

Application Requirements

To apply, send a copy of your CV, a cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications for the position, and two references (only one may be academic) to brussels@accessnow.org. Please place “Brussels Policy Intern – [Your Name]” as the subject line.


Position: Brussels Engagement Internship

Deadline: Position to be filled ASAP.

Location: Brussels, Belgium

About the Organisation:

Access is a leading international human rights organisation dedicated to digital rights, internet freedom and open and secure communications for all. We recognise that the realisation of human rights in the 21st century is increasingly dependent on access to the internet and other forms of technology, and with offices in Brussels, New York, Santiago, and Tunis, we combine innovative policy, user engagement, and direct technical support, and work with activists, civil society, and policymakers globally to build technical capacity and advocate for these rights.

About the Internship:

 Our Brussels office is seeking an engagement intern who will be actively involved in crafting Access’ message and campaign efforts by working on our major initiatives, notably of Network Neutrality. As a member of the engagement team the intern will support us in developing strategies and executing our campaigns by engaging with the Access community online, and through researching, writing and creating content for these campaigns and initiatives, the intern will learn about some of the most significant developments and issues in privacy and digital rights and be exposed to our technological and policy expertise!

We’re seeking a quick learner capable of grasping and analysing these issues who can create compelling content and engage our online global community.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assist in the development and execution of Access’ initiatives in Brussels 
  • Research, write and edit content for our blog 
  • Monitoring and analysing new and traditional media sources 
  • Conduct background research and fact-checking for campaigns 
  • Develop general engagement ideas 
  • Participate in team meetings and discussion Identify outreach and engagement opportunities 
  • Craft campaign texts to be used on Access’ website 
  • Use social media and engage with our online community 

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge and interest in digital and human rights 
  • Strong academic record 
  • Outgoing, creative and enthusiastic 
  • Proven interest in digital freedom, public organising and campaigning 
  • Proven research, analytical, writing and editing abilities. 
  • Student or recent graduate in international relations, journalism, communications or similar field 
  • Fluency in French, German, Spanish or other European languages is a plus, but not required for this position. 

Time Commitment:

  • 4 months 
  • Minimum commitment of 16-20 hours per week 

Application Requirements:

  • To apply, send a copy of your CV, a cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications for the position, and two references (only one may be academic) to brussels@accessnow.org. 
  • Please place “Brussels Engagement Intern – [Your Name]” as the subject line.

Position: Access Policy Internship

Deadline: Rolling application 

About the Organization:

Access is an international human rights organization dedicated to defending and extending the digital rights of users at risk around the world. With offices in Brussels, New York, Santiago, Tunis, and Washington we combine innovative policy, user engagement, and direct technical support, and work globally with activists, civil society, and policymakers to build technical capacity and advocate for open and secure communications for all.

About the Internship:

A policy internship at Access is your chance to join our policy team working on emerging threats to digital rights and to connect with our global network of internet policy makers. You’ll be partnered with a mentor (a member our policy team) who’ll provide the guidance and structure that will enable you to make the most out of your time working on one of today’s most pressing human rights challenges. While there’s a lot of flexibility in Access’ fast-paced working environment, you’ll generally be assigned to one of our key policy areas:

  • Digital Due Process: By drafting government standards, training professionals and influencing private sector policies we’re fighting to protect users from unfair surveillance practices. 
  • Telecoms and Human Rights: We engage with major telecom firms, regulators, investors, and the public to advocate for a rights-respecting telecommunications environment. 
  • Internet Governance Reform: Internet governance gets at the heart of who should run the internet and how. Data Protection and Privacy: Out of our Belgium office we work on strengthening data protection standards and privacy norms in line with international human rights standards. 
  • Network Neutrality: The Internet should be open and innovation encouraged! So we fight to ensure that ISP’s are not restricting access to it. 
  • Latin America: In Latin America we support groups and activists in their fight for digital rights through campaigns and policy support. 

We’re seeking quick learners capable of quickly wrapping their head around and analyzing these issues, supporting the organization in the development and execution of these initiatives. As a part of our team, you can expect to:

  • Gain experience and expertise in a specific policy area 
  • Be mentored and trained by a member of our policy team 
  • Research, write, and edit policy briefs and position papers (with your name on them!) 
  • Prepare external and internal advocacy materials and write blog posts 
  • Attend and contribute to our team meetings 
  • Gain insight into how international NGOs work 

Qualifications

 A successful applicant will have an interest in at least one of the above policy areas and have a passion to learn more about technology and human rights. Ideally, candidates are enrolled in a university (or a recent graduate) of law, political science, international relations or with a technology background.

Being well organized, motivated, and reliable will also help your application, as will proven research and writing skills and fluency in a foreign language, but if you only speak English, that’s fine too.

Interns will ideally work out of our amazing New York City Office. However, due to our love of the internet, we’re happy to talk virtually and applicants will be considered from locations worldwide.

Time Commitment and considerations

  • One full academic term (usually 3 to 4 months) 
  • Minimum of 16-20 hours per week (more negotiable) 
  • Start date ASAP, interns are accepted on a rolling basis until posiitons are filled. 
  • This internship is unpaid, but we’ll gladly offer academic credit and assistance where possible. 

Application Requirements

To apply, email your CV, a cover letter explaining your interest in our work and two references (ideally an academic and a professional reference) to internships@accessnow.org. Please place “POLICY INTERN – [Your Name]” as the subject line.


Position: Campaign Intern

Deadline: Rolling application 

About the Advocacy Arm

Access is at the forefront of efforts to advocate for an open and secure internet that supports and encourages free expression, access to information, and the realization of other rights. The Advocacy Team directs an action-focused global movement of 400,000 users from over 185 countries, which mobilizes online and offline to protect and maintain an open and secure internet. Using this leverage, we seek to affect change to ensure that real people everywhere have the ability to freely, fully, and safely participate online.

Access is one of the leading digital rights organizations fighting for internet freedom and user rights. In just the past few months, Access has had a hand in stopping the sale of Western-produced surveillance equipment to Syria, rallying the international human rights community around SOPA and the PROTECT IP Act in the US, defeating a rights-abusing copyright bill in Colombia, and getting India’s government to backtrack on censoring sites like Facebook and Google.

By drawing on our collective technological and policy expertise, we engage the Access community in a comprehensive manner to defend and extend the digital rights of users at risk around the world.

About the Internship

Campaign interns will work principally with the members of the User Engagement team and the Executive Director to devise and execute campaigns in response to current and emerging threats to digital freedom, liaising with staff on the Policy and Tech arms as needed. Amongst other tasks, campaign interns will:

  • Identify campaign opportunities and theories to affect change
  • Conduct background research and fact-checking for campaigns
  • Monitor new and traditional media sources, and
  • Craft campaign and petition texts to be used on Access’ website and sent to our members.

Campaign interns may also be tasked with developing material targeting the news media and Access’ global membership, including communicating through social media, blog posts, and newsletters.

Qualifications

Successful applicants will be bright, highly motivated scholars with strong academic records and an interest and aptitude for public policy, political communication, digital freedom, public organizing, and human rights. Campaign interns will be actively involved in crafting Access’ message, and as such, must be self-starters with proven research and analytical skills, strong writing and editing abilities, the capacity to multitask in a fast-paced environment, and a passion for technology, democracy, and human rights issues. A technical background and fluency in a foreign language is a plus, but not required of this position.

While it is preferable that interns be located in the New York area for the duration of their internship, since most of Access’ work is conducted virtually, qualified applicants will be considered from locations worldwide. The start and end dates of this internship are negotiable.

Time Commitment

  • One full academic term (usually 3 to 4 months)
  • 15-20 hours per week (more if desirable; negotiable depending on specific circumstances of candidate)

Application Requirements

To apply, send a copy of your CV, a cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications for the position, and two references (only one may be academic) to internships@accessnow.orgPlease place “Campaign Intern – [Your Name]” as the subject line. 


Position: Communications and Social Media Internship

Deadline: Rolling application /ASAP

About the Organization:

Access is an international human rights organization dedicated to defending and extending the digital rights of users at risk around the world. With offices in Brussels, New York, Santiago, Tunis, and Washington we combine innovative policy, user engagement, and direct technical support, and work globally with activists, civil society, and policymakers to build technical capacity and advocate for open and secure communications for all.

Advocacy Arm and the Communications Internship

The Communications and Social Media intern will join the Advocacy arm and work closely with our Director of Communications and our Digital Engagement Manager, who’ll provide the guidance that will enable you to make the most out of your time working on one of today’s most pressing human rights challenges. You’ll be at the forefront of our efforts to advocate and strengthen the realization of digital rights, the importance of free expression and an accessible internet... reaching millions while you do it!

You’ll be creatively engaging and expanding our action-focused global movement of 400,000 users from over 185 countries as we seek to affect change to ensure that real people everywhere have the ability to freely, fully, and safely participate online!

To do this, you’ll learn and do many things, such as:

  • Develop and help execute clever marketing campaigns and innovative digital strategies 
  • Create compelling content and craft campaign texts to be used on Access’ website 
  • Help run and organize our social media accounts! 
  • Analyse data and conduct research 
  • Review, edit and update blogs and online materials 
  • Identify outreach and engagement opportunities 
  • Creatively support the growth of our online community 
  • Create videos, images, templates, and other materials for our web sites. 
  • Work closely with our Technology and Policy arms 
  • Create a really really funny meme-lol for our meme wall 
  • Participate in team meetings 

Qualifications

The communications and social media intern is someone who loves the internet. They’re outgoing and able to immediately plug-in to our system and network, someone who speaks in tweets and can think creatively, strategically and analytically. This internship is actively involved in crafting Access’ message applicants must have strong writing and editing skills, be interested in technology and human rights, and knows the difference between gifs, memes and vines, and knows how to choose the best instagram filter on a rainy day.

Being well organized, motivated, and reliable will also help your application, as will proven research and writing skills and fluency in a foreign language, but if you only speak English, that’s fine too.

We’re looking for students or recent graduates in communications and media, journalism, international relations, politics or policy, human rights or a related field.

The Engagement team are based in Washington DC but we’ve also got a wonderful office in New York City. The intern can work from either amazing office. However, due to our love of the Internet, we’re happy to talk virtually and applicants will be considered from locations worldwide.

Time Commitment

  • One full academic term (usually 3 to 4 months) 
  • 16-20 hours per week, more if you like, that’s fine! 
  • Start ASAP!
  • Unpaid position, academic credit available,. 

Application Requirements To apply, send a copy of your CV, a cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications for the position, and two references (only one may be academic) to jobs@accessnow.org. Please place “Comms Intern – [Your Name]” as the subject line.

Access is an international NGO based in New York, NY. We are an equal opportunity employer. We value and encourage diversity and consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other legally protected status.


Position: Communication Design Internship

Deadline: ASAP, applications accepted on a rolling basis.

About the Organization: Access is an international human rights organization dedicated to defending and extending the digital rights of users at risk around the world. With offices in Brussels, New York, Santiago, Tunis, and Washington we combine innovative policy, user engagement, and direct technical support, and work globally with activists, civil society, and policymakers to build technical capacity and advocate for open and secure communications for all. 

The Web Design Internship

The Communication Design Intern will join the Advocacy arm and work closely with the Director of Advocacy, Digital Engagement Manager and lead Visual Designer, who will guide you to conduct multiple human rights campaigns in both digital and physical realms. You will be working to develop innovative, interactive platforms that are dedicated to digital rights advocacy and free, accessible internet. A good portion of your work involves communication with our Tech team.

Your creative and inspiring ideas will be translated into tangible and meaningful communication tools to engage and expand our action-focused global movement of 400,000 users from over 185 countries as we seek to affect change to ensure that real people everywhere have the ability to freely, fully, and safely participate online!

To do this, you’ll learn and do many things, such as:

  • Develop and help execute innovative digital strategies 
  • Collect and analyze cutting-edge tech tools 
  • Conduct background research and data analysis for website development 
  • Identify creative and functional means of data visualization 
  • Develop information architecture for our website and multiple micro-sites 
  • Creatively support the growth of our online community 
  • Work closely with our Technology and Policy arms 
  •  Help design and create a really really really funny meme-lol for our meme wall 
  •  Participate in team meetings 

Qualifications

Access is looking for someone who not only has a keen interest in design and visual language, but also is enthusiastic for human rights advocacy. This position plays a key role in visual strategy for upcoming projects and campaigns, which requires an intelligent, discerning and insightful mind. The individual is responsible for researching, crafting and assessing content and forms across numerous media, including print, electronic and social. It is crucial for the individual in this position to have a strong willingness to create aesthetically and socially good design.

Some other requirements includes:

  • Exceptional proficiency in Adobe CS5 or later – Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Fireworks, etc. 
  • Outstanding typographic and design skills 
  • Solid knowledge of data visualization (The ability to interpret information in graphic form) 
  • Knowledge of basic CSS/JAVA script/Adobe After Effects a plus
  • An instagram portfolio that shows good taste and sense of humor!

We’re looking for students or recent graduates in visual communications design or relevant field. The Advocacy team are based in Washington DC but we’ve also got a wonderful office in New York City. The intern can work from either amazing office. However, due to our love of the Internet, we’re happy to talk virtually and applicants will be considered from locations worldwide.

Time Commitment

  • One full academic term (usually 3 to 4 months) 
  • 16-20 hours per week, more if you like, that’s fine! 
  • Start ASAP! 
  • Unpaid position, academic credit available. 

Application Requirements To apply, send a copy of your CV, a cover letter explaining your interest and a portfolio for the position, and two references (only one may be academic) to jobs@accessnow.org. Please place “Design Intern – [Your Name]” as the subject line.

Access is an international NGO based in New York, NY. We are an equal opportunity employer. We value and encourage diversity and consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other legally protected status.


Position: Tech Intern

Deadline: Rolling application 

About the Tech Arm

The Access Tech team provides technology solutions and real time advice for activists and civil society in circumstances where communications are not open, free, and safe. Through thought leadership, technology development, and partnerships, we aim to effect positive systemic change to extend the enjoyment of digital rights of users at risk around the world.

Access Tech provides security incident response, forensic investigation and analysis, secure hosting, net-censorship circumvention capacity, technology-related instructional materials, and a liberation technologies development and engagement platform for our civil society clients, partner organizations, and users in the general public.

About the Internship

Tech interns will work with the Technology Director and other members of the Tech Team to respond to current and emerging threats to digital rights. Tech interns will participate as full members of the Tech Team, including specifying, provisioning, and configuring equipment, setting up secure communications systems, developing software, writing documentation, compiling and analyzing data, writing reports, blogging, assisting with security incident response and forensic investigations, and participating in the development and execution of Access’ signature initiatives.

Particularly talented and committed tech interns may be extended an invitation to join the Access Tech Fellowship Program, where they will further have the opportunity to conduct substantive research in an area of their choice that falls under the purview of Access’ organizational mission.

Qualifications

Successful applicants will be bright, highly motivated individuals with strong academic records and an interest and aptitude for communications technology, information security, internet freedom, public organizing, and human rights. Tech interns will be actively involved in building Access’ technical capability, and as such, must be self-starters with proven research and analytical skills, strong data management abilities, the capacity to multitask in a fast-paced environment, and a passion for the use of technology to make the world a better place. A fluency in a foreign language is a plus, but not required of this position.

While it is preferable that interns be located in New York City for the duration of their internship, since most of Access’ work is conducted virtually, applicants will be considered from locations worldwide. The start and end dates of this internship are negotiable.

Time Commitment

  • One full academic term (usually 3 to 4 months)
  • 15-20 hours per week (more if desirable; negotiable depending on specific circumstances of candidate)

Application Requirements

To apply, send a copy of your CV, a cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications for the position, and two references (only one may be academic) to jobs@accessnow.orgPlease place “Tech Intern – [Your Name]” as the subject line. 

Access is an international NGO based in New York, NY. We are an equal opportunity employer. We value and encourage diversity and consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other legally protected status.

NOTE: Applications with an abundance of spelling and grammar errors will not be considered. Please take time to submit the strongest application possible.