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:

Call for Technologists: Access is interested in hearing from tech experts and security incident handlers, and we are particularly interested in those who speak Russian, Mandarin, Farsi, Brazilian-Portuguese, Hindi, Vietnamese, Malay, Indonesian, Thai, or Turkish. If this is you, please submit your CV and a little information about yourself to jobs@accessnow.org. 


Internships:

New York City and Washington DC, USA

Policy Internships: 

Advocacy Internships: 

For more information about the following internships, please email internships@accessnow.org: 

Brussels, Belgium: 

For other internship opportunities at our other offices, including Tunisia, Costa Rica, Manila, or for remote internships, please contact internships@accessnow.org. 


Position Description: Grants and Database Administrator

About Access:

Access (AccessNow.org) is a growing organization dedicated to defending and extending the digital rights of users at risk around the world. Our policy work centers on five focus areas: privacy, digital security, freedom of expression, network interference, and business and human rights. Our policy, advocacy, and technology teams have staff presences in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East/North Africa, Central Africa, North America, and Southeast Asia, to provide global support to our mission.

About the Role:

The Grants and Database Administrator (GDA) will work directly with the Grants Program Manager, the Director of Organizational Development and Impact, and the Director of Finances and Human Resources to manage the administration of the organization’s emerging grant-making program. This role will be responsible for proactively establishing a grants-tracking database with coding and other methodologies to ensure the status of all grants are able to be tracked efficiently and effectively and compatible with Access’ financial and accounting structures (ie. Chart of Accounts), as well as developing and tracking grant-related budgets and oversee grant-related expenses.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

During Phase I (which lasts until the end 2015), the GDA’s first task will be to create, implement and sustain a transparent and compliant fiscal and audit infrastructure for the Access Grants Program. Working in conjunction with the Grants Program Manager (GPM), the GDA will develop processes to monitor sponsored project activity and related requirements while providing assurances that expenditures are properly tracked, documented and recorded. This includes establishing, developing and maintaining relationships with various departments (Tech, Operations, Human Resources).

Further, the Grants and Database Administrator will be responsible for building out the program’s grants administration platform, including:

  • Assessing system needs/interoperability with existing records management system;
  • Explore best practice models for database management systems, and make recommendations for use;
  • Provide recommendations for integration with Access’ website;
  • Customize the management system in alignment with grantmaking requirements specific to the program.

Upon launch and expansion of the program (Phase II, Q4 2015/Q1 2016), the Grants and Database Administrator will become one of the primary points of contact for grant applicants and recipients. They are responsible for document storage and information management utilizing the online proposal and database system which they will have constructed during Phase I. This involves obtaining necessary documents and clearances before the grant can be issued, entering data into an organization-wide database to keep track of grants distributed, assembling all completed and signed documents and transmitting these documents to the appropriate staff, recording critical dates and payments, gathering information from recipients during the lifecycle of the grant, etc. They will also produce reports that provide statistics, demographics, ratings, averages, and other numerical and text-based data.

Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

As this is a new program for the organization, Access is seeking a qualified and experienced candidate who can play a leadership role in developing the systems and processes that will serve as the foundation for the grantmaking program. To this end, the ideal candidate will have:

  • Strong project management skills including exceptional organizational skills and a deep knowledge of grants management databases;
  • Understanding of and commitment to Access program areas and mission;
  • Ability to provide direction, oversight, and problem solving with regard to grant process, grantmaking operations, practices and regulations;
  • Strong knowledge of database management and direct experience with software;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and experience successfully collaborating across distances using communications technology;
  • Must be a self-guided, creative, highly organized, and motivated individual;
  • Comfort with ambiguity and the ability to work through issues in a changing environment;
  • Be a strong team player.

Requirements:

  • Minimum 2 years of project management experience;
  • Understanding of the not-for-profit financial reporting and accounting;
  • Experience in creating, tracking and forecasting budgets and related reporting;
  • Understanding of and ability to design internal controls and processes globally;
  • Database management and grant writing experience preferred but not required.

Location: This is a full-time position, ideally based in New York or DC. Other locations may be considered for the right candidate. 

Application Requirements:

To apply, send the following to jobs@accessnow.org with “Grants and Database Administrator - [Your Name]” as the subject line:

  • Résumé/CV
  • Cover letter outlining your suitability for the role
  • 2 references

Important Note: In your cover letter please include the following points: Salary requirements / salary expectations, your experience as it directly relates to the requirements listed, and why you want to work for Access! Applications lacking any of the above will not be considered.

Published July 17th, rolling until filled. 


Position Description: Security Incident Handler - Manila, the Philippines, South East Asia or CIS regions

About Access:

Access (AccessNow.org) is a growing organization dedicated to defending and extending the digital rights of users at risk around the world. Our policy work centers on five focus areas: privacy, digital security, freedom of expression, network interference, and business and human rights. Our policy, advocacy, and technology teams have staff presences in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East/North Africa, Central Africa, North America, and Southeast Asia, to provide global support to our mission.

About the Role:

As a Security Incident Handler, you 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. This role is perfect for a quick learner who is excited by Access’ mission and is eager to provide amazing technical advice and service to human rights defenders across Asia, the CIS, and around the world!

This role will report to the Deputy Helpline Manager, and Access' Technology Director.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Perform incident rapid response duties via phone, email, and other communication channels;
  • Perform client risk assessments and 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, including 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 SIEM 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;
  • Work on rotating schedules, that might include working on weekends and holidays.

Skills, Knowledge & Abilities:

  • Essential technical skills include Microsoft XP, Vista, 7, 8, Mac OSX, and Linux operating systems. Wifi, TCP/IP, SMTP, HTTP/S, TLS, PKI, VPN, VM, SSH, etc;
  • Following technical skills an advantage: Snort IDS, Cisco networking, Apache and IIS HTTPDs, Squid Proxy/Cache, Mailman, Postfix, Firewalls, TAILS, Web development, Perl, C, PHP, Javascript, Wireshark, MySQL;
  • 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 in South East Asia and CIS regions and beyond;
  • Keep technical knowledge and skills up to date, and be willing to attend trainings and conferences as required by Access. 

Education:

Must have a core computer science / technical competency (eg Comp Sci degree). No specialist security education is required beyond that received in obtaining the computer science degree. Extensive training will be provided to the successful candidate. Fluency in English essential. Applicants who speak an additional language, particularly Mandarin, considered favourably. 

Location: This is a full time position based in Manila, the Philippines, South East Asia or CIS regions. 

Salary: Competitive salary commensurate with experience.

To Apply:

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

  • Resume/CV;
  • Cover letter outlining your suitability and vision for the role, current salary, and salary expectations; and
  • Two references.

When emailing your application, please include “Security Incident Handler - [Your Name]” in the subject line.

Published May 19th, rolling until filled.


Position Description: RightsCon Coordinator - USA

About Access

Access (accessnow.org) is a growing organization dedicated to defending and extending the digital rights of users at risk around the world. Our Policy, Technology, and Advocacy teams work together to achieve our mission through our global presence in Europe, Latin America, Middle East, North Africa, North America, South East Asia, and beyond.

About the Role

The RightsCon Coordinator will oversee the management and execution of all elements of the RightsCon Summit Series (rightscon.org), an annual event convened around the subject of the open internet. This role requires a strong understanding of and appreciation for the key issues and challenges facing the internet combined with excellent project management skills, the ability to drive timelines to meet deadlines, and an unwavering attention to detail to ensure the continued success of this event.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The RightsCon Coordinator will work with the Executive Director and all members of the Access team to develop, operationalise and implement the conference plan. They will oversee and guide both internal and external processes, including building the conference program, coordinating with partners, managing the contributions of various members of Access and help shape a world-class, cutting-edge program by recruiting participants and speakers from all sectors of the technology policy eco-system, including business, academia, civil society, and government.

  • Work with the management team to develop a framework and identify major themes/issues that Access would like to highlight through conference programming;
  • Engage and follow up with all conference speakers, panelists and general invitees to build a high-level, yet diverse attendance list and maintain a positive relationship by responding to inquiries and requests in a timely manner;
  • Work with the Executive Director and Director of Operations to manage conference fundraising efforts, including the development of fundraising materials and the processing of committed sponsors;
  • Build a timeline for conference planning;
  • Oversee attendee, speaker, and panelist outreach and communications, including invites, RSVPs, website development, production, venue, and travel;
  • Create invitations and discounts for potential attendees, and Web, email and social media "advertising" to provide to partners, sponsors and supporting organizations for distribution to their constituents;
  • Work with the production team and match the framework with the program and production, including designing a timely and balanced program, manage all speaker logistics, and all run-of-show activities;
  • Build and implement the participatory process with the programming committee, those that submit proposals, and participants themselves;
  • Send initial confirmations in connection with sessions and following up at specified intervals prior to the event to confirm the current status of the sessions, the need for special equipment, etc;
  • Distribute information (conference/meeting/session cheat sheets) in order to document events and share detailed information with all involved departments and volunteers;
  • Lead weekly Planning Meetings with Production Staff and Directors, answer questions from staff, and discuss relevant logistical matters;
  • Work with production staff to obtain correct approval and billing information for all expenses, such as catering and equipment rentals, and monitor the accuracy of charges;
  • Coordinate satellite events both in the lead up to and days of the events;
  • Participate in “post-conference/debrief” feedback sessions with relevant staff.

Qualifications

  • Superb organizational skills, with the ability to prioritize and juggle many tasks simultaneously;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Strong computer skills and knowledge of office technology/equipment;
  • Ability to work calmly and effectively in stressful situations;
  • Exceptional communication skills, and a knowledge of the technology sector;
  • Punctual, dependable and dedicated to achieving operational excellence, down to the smallest of details;
  • Maintaining a consistently professional approach, with a willingness to take ownership and responsibility;
  • Proven event/conference planning experience.

Location: This is a full time position based in New York, NY. Other locations may be considered for the right candidate, particularly San Francisco.

Salary: Based on experience.

To Apply: Please 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
  • 2 references

Please remember to reference your email application with the subject line: “RightsCon Coordinator - [Your Name]”

Job Published: May 2015.

Applications will be accepted and reviewed from the date of publish throughout July.


Position Description: Senior Policy Analyst

Location: Brussels. 

About Access

Access (accessnow.org) is a growing organisation 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 Position

We’re looking for a Senior Policy Analyst/Counsel to work within Access’ Policy arm in Brussels to develop and provide 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.

The Senior Policy Analyst will be involved in all aspects of the organisation that pertains to Access’ policy initiatives, particularly around issues of Telecoms policy and Network Neutrality. They will work closely with the European Policy Manager, Policy Director, and Executive Director and Access’ staff focused on realising how to achieve meaningful protections for the free and open internet on the EU-level.

Position Responsibilities

  • Design, coordinate, and execute various Access policy initiatives in Brussels and internationally;
  • Convene discussions with various stakeholders, including partner organisations, the press, and policy makers;
  • Analyse and review national and international laws as well as legal rulings addressing aspects of network neutrality and digital human rights;
  • Develop best practice international standards and policy guidance to EU institutions on network neutrality and other human rights protections within the digital sphere;
  • Research and write policy briefs, reports, blog posts, position papers, briefing memos, comments to governmental consultations on these issues and other pertinent policy documents;
  • Prepare advocacy materials for internal and external use;
  • Assist in the development and maintenance of organisational partnerships;
  • Represent Access at conferences and other events as asked of you by the European Policy Manager or the Policy Director.

Qualifications

  • Degree in law, European law, computer science, political science, international relations, or a similar field;
  • Solid understanding and interest in human rights, EU policy, technology, and public organising with a deeper knowledge in at least one of these areas;
  • Able to bridge the gap between policy and technology (technical background a plus);
  • 2-4 years relevant work experience in the areas of internet freedom, internet governance, human rights, legal education, political communication, internet engineering, and/or new technologies, with increasing levels of responsibility;
  • Excellent communication skills and proven ability to produce well-written policy briefs and media relations and public education materials;
  • Global perspective and ability to participate in a team with people from around the world;
  • Experience working in a grassroots organisation with member activists’ is a plus;
  • Ability to organise and facilitate events, workshops, and small meetings;
  • Fluency in English is required and knowledge of German or additional EU language preferred.

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 Senior Policy Analyst – [Your Name]” as the subject line. In your cover letter please include the following points: Salary requirements / salary expectations, your experience as it directly relates to the requirements listed, and why you want to work for Access!

Start Date: Summer 2015 (applications accepted on a rolling basis).


Position: Access Policy Internship

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 either our amazing New York City or Washington DC Offices. 

Time Commitment and considerations

  • One full academic term (usually 3 to 4 months) 
  • Minimum of 20 hours per week
  • Interns are accepted on a rolling basis until positions are filled. 
  • 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, two references (only one may be academic) and a piece of policy analysis as relevant as possible to Access that demonstrates your ability to undertake this internship to internships@accessnow.org. Please place “Policy Intern – [Your Name]” as the subject line. 

Location: NYC/DC


Position: Digital Due Process Intern

Digital Due Process Initiative and Internship

Recent revelations about mass surveillance 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 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, a cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications for the position, two references (only one may be academic) and a piece of policy analysis as relevant as possible to Access that demonstrates your ability to undertake this internship to internships@accessnow.org. Please place “DDP Intern – [Your Name]” as the subject line.

Location: DC


Position: Telco Policy Internship

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 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, two references (only one may be academic) and a piece of policy analysis as relevant as possible to Access that demonstrates your ability to undertake this internship to internships@accessnow.org. Please place “Telco Intern – [Your Name]” as the subject line. 

Location: NYC


Position: Tech Policy Intern

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 modeling 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.

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)
  • 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.

Location: NYC


Position: Campaign Intern

Advocacy Arm and the Campaign Internship

Access is at the forefront of efforts to advocate for an open and secure internet that supports and encourages free expression and universal access to information. The Campaign Intern will work with Access’ Advocacy team and create and develop online and offline campaigns that address these human rights challenges.

The Campaign Intern will develop ways for our growing global movement of 400,000 users to take action on issues like net neutrality, surveillance, and online privacy. The intern will work closely with Advocacy team to develop emails to activists, petitions and letter-writing campaigns, social media strategies, and other materials.

Specifically, the Campaign Intern will….

  • Create compelling content and craft campaign texts to be used on Access’ website and in emails to our members 
  • Develop strategies for engaging and growing our base of users online via mass emails, social media, and more 
  • Work closely with our Technology and Policy arms to integrate their work into our Advocacy objectives 

Qualifications:

The Campaign Intern is someone who can research and write excellently, and thinks analytically and strategically. They’re highly motivated individuals with strong academic records and an interest in learning how to run global advocacy campaigns. They should have strong technical ability, or the ability and desire to learn how to use the internet to save the internet. Being well organized, motivated, and reliable will help your application, as will 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, journalism, international relations, politics or policy, human rights or a related field. The Advocacy team are based Washington DC and 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 and Considerations: 

  • One full academic term (usually 3 to 4 months) 
  • A minimum of 20 hours per week, but can work full time. 
  • 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 internships@accessnow.org. Please place “Campaign Intern – [Your Name]” as the subject line. 

Location: NYC/DC/Remote


Position: Communications and Social Media Internship

Advocacy Arm and the Communications Internship

The Communications and Social Media intern will join the Advocacy arm and work closely with our Director of Advocacy 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 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) 
  • 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 internships@accessnow.org. Please place “Comms Intern – [Your Name]” as the subject line.

Location: NYC/DC/Remote


Position: Digital Design Internship

Advocacy Arm and the Campaign Internship

Access is at the forefront of efforts to advocate for an open and secure internet that supports and encourages free expression and universal access to information. The Digital Design Intern at Access will work on cutting edge digital media and creative strategies aimed at tackling some of today’s most pressing human rights challenges.

The Digital Design Intern will design and create engagement materials for outreach to the public and our growing global movement of 400,000 users to take action on issues including but not limited to net neutrality, surveillance, and online privacy. The intern will work closely with the Advocacy team to conceptualize and develop innovative ideas and deliver them to action-takers in digital and physical forms, such as emails, petitions, social media message, and all kinds of online/offline campaigns. 

A digital Design intern can expect to learn how to….

  • Help develop and execute savvy, exciting advocacy campaigns and innovative digital strategies 
  • Edit and create videos, motion graphics, memes, images, and other visual assets for our various digital platforms, including our websites 
  • Create a geek-out funny meme-lol for our meme wall 

Qualifications

The Digital Design Intern has a love for digital communications. They love the internet and know how to use it’s multifaceted avenues of creativity and expression. This is a creative and strategic role that will enable the intern to be actively involved in crafting and refining Access’ image, message and online presence, and to do this applicants must have strong communication skills in the widest sense. Someone who can create intriguingly great gifs, posters, memes and vines, but can also take an idea, develop that idea, and make it a great one.

They’re highly motivated individuals with strong academic records and an interest in learning how to run advocacy campaigns on a global scale. They should have strong technical skill set, and the ability and desire to learn how to use the internet to save the internet. We’re looking for students or recent graduates in graphic and visual design, communications, journalism, marketing, international relations, human rights and so on. Proficiency in programs like Adobe, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Fireworks, data visualization, CSS/JAVA script/Adobe After Effects would be great.

Being well organized, motivated, and reliable will help your application, as will fluency in a foreign language, but if you only speak English, that’s fine too. The Advocacy team are based in Washington DC and NYC. 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 around the world.

  • One full academic term (usually 3 to 4 months)
  • 20 hours per week, more if you like, (full time is fine!)
  • Summer positions available
  • Unpaid position (sorry), 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 internships@accessnow.org. Please place “Digital Intern - [Your Name]” as the subject line

Location: Preferably NYC or DC, but will consider remote applicants


For more information about the following internships, please email internships@accessnow.org: 


Internships in Brussels! 

Position: Brussels Policy Internship

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.

Deadline: Rolling application

Location: Brussels 


Position: Brussels Engagement Internship

Location: Brussels, Belgium

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 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.

Deadline: Rolling application 

Location: Brussels