Spring internships at the FSF! Apply by Nov. 29
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 summer contributing to work in one of three areas: campaigns, licensing, or technical.
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 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 interest.
Interns can choose from the following fields of work:
Campaigns team interns might focus on privacy, encryption, or expanding and updating our outreach. Interns can also be part of our promotional efforts for the upcoming LibrePlanet 2020 conference in March.
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, or suggest one of their own. A past sysadmin 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, and researched Ceph distributed object storage and the freedom status of single board computers.
Spring internships have a flexible beginning, with possible start times as early as January, 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 November 29, 2019.
To apply, send a letter of interest and a resume with two references to email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.