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Intern at the FSF

by Free Software Foundation Contributions Published on May 07, 2009 05:02 PM
This is an educational opportunity to work with the organization that sponsors the GNU Project, publishes the GNU General Public License (GPL), and fights for software freedom. The application period for fall internships is currently closed.

As an intern, you work closely with FSF staff members in your area of interest, such as campaign and community organizing, free software licensing, systems and network administration, GNU Project support, or Web development.

All applicants must be:

  • open-minded and tolerant of others,
  • able to work as part of a team, and
  • interested in the ethical ramifications of computing.

We strongly prefer applicants able to work in-person at the FSF headquarters in downtown Boston, especially for tech-specific internships, but applicants based elsewhere may also be considered.

The application period for internship applications is closed. Please return here again for future opportunities.

Unfortunately, due to the complexities of US immigration law, applicants who are not US citizens or permanent residents and do not have a visa allowing them to work in the US must work remotely from outside the US.

These positions are unpaid unless you are doing your internship through Outreachy, but in either case, 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. Take a look at our past interns and some of their projects, including promoting GNU, launching the free Javascript campaign, contributing to Defective by Design, and updating the Email Self-Defense project. You can also see dozens of blogs from past interns who worked for our tech team here. A small number of past interns have even become full-time employees at the FSF.

The campaigns team is particularly interested in interns interested in working on the End Software Patents campaign or the International Day Against DRM. The End Software Patents campaign works to end the patentability of ideas in software. While other advocacy groups focus on bad or stupid patents, and on patent trolls, we emphasize that these are only symptoms of a fundamentally broken system. *No* software ideas should be patentable.


The application period for fall internships is open. Deadline for applications: November 12, 2023.

Each position lasts for one twelve-week term. There are three terms: summer, fall, and spring. There can be some flexibility with start and end dates if necessary.

Any of the terms can be worked as either full time (forty hours per week) or part-time (twenty hours per week) positions. We will prefer candidates able to work full time, particularly during the summer term. From time to time, remote internships are possible, but we prefer in-person internships.

How to apply

Send a letter of interest and resume with two references by email to Make sure that your materials are in free software friendly formats (PDF and plain text work well), and include "Internship" in your subject line. If you can, please include links to sites you've made (personal blogs are okay!) designs or code you've done, and relevant writing. Please include these as URLs, though email attachments in free formats are acceptable, too.

Please direct any questions about the program to

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