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Fall internships at the FSF! Apply by September 2

by Greg Farough Contributions Published on Jul 24, 2019 11:57 AM
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is looking for interns to contribute to our campaigns, licensing, or technical team.

Do you believe that free software is crucial to a free society? Do you want to help people understand why free software matters, and how to use it? Are you interested in diving into software freedom issues like copyleft, Digital Restrictions Management (DRM), or surveillance and encryption? Or are you interested in sysadmin work? We may have just the opportunity for you here at FSF!

These positions are unpaid, educational opportunities, and the FSF will provide any appropriate documentation you might need to receive funding and school credit from outside sources. We also provide lunch expense reimbursement and a monthly transportation pass that will give you free access to local subways and buses (MBTA). We place an emphasis on providing hands-on educational opportunities for interns, in which they work closely with staff mentors on projects that match their skills and interests.

Interns can choose from the following fields of work:

  • The FSF campaigns team is in charge of communicating with and expanding our audience of free software supporters, targeting important opportunities for free software adoption and development, and empowering people to act against specific threats to their freedom. Campaigns team interns might work on expanding and updating our resources on a particular area of the free software world. Or, the International Day Against DRM (IDAD) offers a great opportunity to plan and experience the online and offline elements of a full campaign in close collaboration with our campaigns manager.

  • The FSF licensing and compliance lab works with developers to license their packages under one of the GNU General Public Licenses and to help organizations maintain compliance. They also field all licensing and copyleft inquiries. Licensing team interns might assist with the Respects Your Freedom certification program, or they might work to improve the Free Software Directory or analyze the compatibility of other licenses with the GPL.

  • The FSF tech team maintains and improves the infrastructure for the FSF and the GNU Project. Tech team interns may choose from our current list of projects, or suggest one of their own. We have plenty of opportunities, from updating our video streaming toolkit, to improving our data management systems.

Fall internships start mid to end September and typically run for a period of twelve weeks. We prefer candidates who are able to work in our Boston office, but may consider remote interns. The deadline to apply is September 2.

To apply, send a letter of interest and a resume with two references to Please send all application materials in free software-friendly formats like .pdf, .odt, and .txt. Use "Fall internship application" as the subject line of your email. Please include links to your writing, design, or coding work if it applies -- personal, professional, or class work is acceptable. URLs are preferred, though email attachments in free formats are acceptable, too. Learn more about our internships, and direct any questions to

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