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FSF launches new free software activist internship program

by John Sullivan Contributions Published on May 07, 2009 05:17 PM
The deadline for applications for the summer term is Monday, May 25.

BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA -- Thursday, May 7, 2009 -- The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today announced a new internship program for free software activists, inviting students to apply for its first round of openings by Monday, May 25th.

The program provides opportunities for participants to work closely with FSF staff members for twelve-week terms in core areas of the FSF's work, including campaign and community organizing, free software licensing, systems and network administration, GNU project support, and web development.

"We have provided internships on and off over the years, but we're excited to be able to offer these more permanent educational opportunities. We're looking forward to working with and learning from students, and I'm glad that as part of our continued growth we are able to offer a place where students concerned with free software ethics can help advance a cause they care about," said John Sullivan, FSF's operations manager.

The internships are unpaid, but the FSF will provide the documentation needed for students to receive funding or credit from outside sources. A limited number of positions are available, and priority will be given to candidates able to work full-time on-site at the FSF headquarters in Boston.

Application instructions and further details about the program are available at http://www.fsf.org/volunteer/internships.

About the Free Software Foundation

The Free Software Foundation, founded in 1985, is dedicated to promoting computer users' right to use, study, copy, modify, and redistribute computer programs. The FSF promotes the development and use of free (as in freedom) software -- particularly the GNU operating system and its GNU/Linux variants -- and free documentation for free software. The FSF also helps to spread awareness of the ethical and political issues of freedom in the use of software, and its Web sites, located at fsf.org and gnu.org, are an important source of information about GNU/Linux. Donations to support the FSF's work can be made at http://donate.fsf.org. Its headquarters are in Boston, MA, USA.

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John Sullivan
Operations Manager
Free Software Foundation
+1 (617) 542 5942
campaigns@fsf.org

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