Free Press’ intensive Organizing Boot Camp is designed for students who are interested in developing their skills as advocates and organizers. Interns participate in a comprehensive training program in our office in Florence, Massachusetts, where they learn online and offline organizing skills.
Our boot-camp training begins with a series of workshops focusing on helping interns develop tactical and strategic skills. Subjects covered include grassroots activism, event planning, volunteer engagement and management.
After completing the in-depth training, interns become an integral part of our summer campaign work by organizing in-district meetings, volunteer-engagement efforts and phone briefings for activists. Past interns have also written blogs, engaged in research and developed interactive tools.
Day-to-day work includes research, supporting online organizing via social media, maintaining databases and assisting in writing and updating website content. Interns are part of a team and have unique opportunities for networking with local and national organizers and nonprofits.
Qualifications: Free Press interns come from a wide variety of disciplines and departments, but all are passionate about fighting for Net Neutrality, press freedom and more diverse media.
Successful candidates are self-starters who tackle assignments with initiative, imagination, energy, determination and a sense of humor.
Candidates must possess excellent organizational, management and communications skills.
Some knowledge of federal legislative and regulatory processes is helpful but not required.
A working knowledge of Net Neutrality, press freedom, media consolidation and other core Free Press issues is highly preferred.
Excellent writing and public speaking skills, as well as facility with online spreadsheets and software, are vital.
Interns must be prepared to work in a fast-paced environment where staff must be responsive to shifting circumstances in Washington and elsewhere.
This internship requires a commitment of 10–12 weeks. We consider applications only from people who are currently enrolled in college or graduate school. Small stipends are available.
How to apply: Complete our online internship and fellowship application. Applicants must also fulfill their academic institutions’ requirements for securing credit for the internship. Our priority application deadline is April 15, 2018, though we consider applicants on a rolling basis.
Questions? Reach out to Internship Director O’neil Pryce.
About Free Press: Free Press fights to save Net Neutrality, achieve affordable internet access for all, uplift the voices of people of color in the media, challenge old and new media gatekeepers to serve the public interest, end unwarranted surveillance, defend press freedom and reimagine local journalism.