Internship: Asia Public Policy (Feb-Apr 2021)

About us

Access Now is a growing international human rights 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, Helpline, grants, and operations teams have staff presences in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East/North Africa (MENA), North America, and South/Southeast Asia, to provide global support to our mission.

About the internship

We are inviting an Asia Public Policy Intern to join our regional policy team and learn how to help policymakers in the Asia Pacific region understand the open Internet and combat emerging threats to digital rights.

The internship is to be mentored directly by our Asia Pacific Policy Director, who will provide the guidance and structure to enable you to make the most out of your learning experience on one of today’s most pressing human rights challenges in close collaboration with our Asia Pacific policy counsels.

Each day will present a set of new and unique challenges, and the focus is to learn about and support Access Now’s programmatic priorities in the region. We particularly welcome interns who can work in the areas of privacy and data protection, internet shutdowns and user-centric telecom policy, or tracking digital rights developments and opportunities to advance business and human rights work in the Asian tech sector.You’ll be connected with our global network of Internet policy makers and learn how our organization runs and operates. Additionally, you will have a ringside view of the fast paced technology law and policy environment in the Asia Pacific region, where the majority of the world’s internet users exist and the next billion internet users are going online.

During this internship you can expect the following experiences:

  • Gain specialized knowledge in our 5 program areas.
  • Track policy, legislative, and legal developments in Asia pertaining to technology and digital rights, and provide regular briefs on matters related to our policy program areas.
  • Track developments in multilateral and bilateral forums in Asia Pacific pertaining to technology and digital rights, provide regular briefs on such developments, and assist the team in developing an engagement strategy for such forums in Asia Pacific.
  • Research, write, and edit policy briefs and position papers and prepare external and internal written material.
  • Analyse and review national and international laws as well as legal rulings, regulatory consultations, and legislative developments addressing aspects of digital human rights, with particular focus on Asia.
  • Learn how to support policy planning and the operational challenges in coordinating digital rights work across a globally distributed organisation.
  • Learn how to develop and manage organizational relationships and partnerships, and scope out and prepare for global events and travel.
  • Work with other members of the team and attend and contribute to our team meetings and gain insight into how global public policy teams and international non-profits work.


A successful applicant will be interested in internet freedom and human rights, particularly in at least one of the following areas: (1) privacy and data protection, (2) internet shutdowns and user-centric telecom policy, or (2) digital rights developments and business and human rights opportunities in the Asian tech sector. They’ll be able to handle the fast paced and global environment in which we operate, and will be interested in learning and developing the policy work that we undertake, but also interested in gaining an understanding of how the organization functions and operates.

Candidates should generally be enrolled in the final or penultimate programme year (or a recent graduate) of a university of law, political science, international relations, sustainable business or public policy. We also welcome students of computer sciences or other technical studies with demonstrated course work or co-curricular work in public policy or social sciences. Being well organized, motivated, and reliable will also help your application, as will proven research and strong writing skills. Fluency in English is essential; knowledge of other languages used in the region is a plus. Experience with organisational work and communications ability is a strong plus. Women and LGBTQI individuals are encouraged to apply for our internships and other learning experiences. We are keen to receive applications from people who consider themselves under-represented in the human rights and technology communities — even if they feel they meet only some of the qualifications.


Preference is for internship applicants based in UTC +5.5 timezone, with added preference for candidates who are based in or near New Delhi. Given our organisational work policies during the present COVID pandemic, our team is working remotely at present.

Time commitment and terms

  • Term usually of 2 to 4 months
  • 25 hours per week
  • Start date February 2021
  • An appropriate stipend is offered
  • Academic credit and assistance where possible

How to apply

Please submit the following documents through our Career Openings page:

  • Résumé/CV (removing all personally identifying information such as photo, gender, marital status, age, and address), and including two references
  • Cover letter (no more than one page) outlining your suitability for the internship

Our hiring teams review applications submitted through our Career Openings; email submissions are not accepted. In order for us to communicate with you on the status of your application, please be sure to add to your contacts list, and check spam or junk folders so that you do not miss updates from us.

We are a global human rights organization committed to inclusivity and equity, and seek the most talented team members who bring their true selves, with diverse backgrounds, cultures, perspectives, and experiences. As 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 expression, or any other legally protected status. Our commitment applies with regard to all aspects of one’s employment, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits, and termination.

Published: 2021-01-28

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