Spring internships at the FSF! Apply by Nov. 11
Do you believe that free software is crucial to a free society? Do you want to help people learn why free software matters, and how to use it? Do you want to dig deep into software freedom issues like copyleft, Digital Restrictions Management (DRM), or surveillance and encryption? Or, do you want to learn systems administration, design, or other tasks using only free software?
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is looking for interns to spend the spring contributing to work in one of three areas: campaigns, licensing, or with our tech team.
While in-office intern positions here in Boston are typically preferred, due to COVID-19, this spring the FSF is only hosting remote interns. As such, applicants from anywhere in the world will be considered.
These positions are unpaid, but the FSF will provide any appropriate documentation you might need to receive funding and school credit from outside sources. 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 interest.
Interns can choose from the following fields of work:
Campaigns team interns might focus on privacy, encryption, or expanding and updating our outreach; they also might assist in preparations for the LibrePlanet 2021 conference.
Licensing team interns might assist with the Respects Your Freedom hardware product certification program. Or, they might work to improve the Free Software Directory, or analyze the compatibility of other licenses with the GPL.
Tech team interns may choose from our current list of projects, including the new plan to to launch a public code hosting and collaboration platform, or "forge," or suggest an idea of their own. A past tech team intern did extensive work to set up a GNU social instance; others created HUBAngl for easy video streaming, worked on porting LibreJS to WebExtensions, penetration tested our network, researched Ceph distributed object storage, and researched the freedom status of single-board computers.
Spring internships have a flexible beginning, with possible start dates as early as January, and typically run for a period of twelve weeks. The deadline to apply is November 11th, 2020.
To apply, send a letter of interest and a resume with two references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send all application materials in free software-friendly formats like .pdf, .odt, and .txt. Use "Spring 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 email@example.com.