US Policy Internships (Spring, Summer, and Fall 2023)

The Future of Privacy Forum (“FPF”) is a non-profit organization that serves as a catalyst for privacy leadership and scholarship, advancing principled data practices in support of emerging technologies. FPF brings together industry, academics, consumer advocates, and other thought leaders to explore the challenges posed by technological innovation and develop privacy protections, ethical norms and workable business practices. FPF helps fill the void in the “space not occupied by law” which exists due to the speed of technology development. As “data optimists,” we believe that the power of data for good is a net benefit to society, and that it can be well-managed to control risks and offer the best protections and empowerment to consumers and individuals.

FPF seeks legal, policy, and technical interns to support the US Policy team and its policy staff. The US policy team engages in a wide variety of issue areas related to the intersection of privacy, emerging technology, and evolving commercial business practices. This includes, for example, researching and analyzing the impact of new technologies, advising companies on emerging data practices, engaging with policymakers and partners, and conducting a variety of legal, technical, and policy research and thought leadership. Issue portfolios may include – but are not limited to – Big Data and the Internet of Things, connected cars, online advertising, mobile location data use, smart cities, deidentification standards, algorithms, artificial intelligence (AI/ML), biometrics, and emerging regulation (law).

We welcome students of any professional or academic background – the only “must have” is an interest in privacy and data protection.

Applications are accepted all year on a rolling basis. We are currently reviewing applications for Spring and Summer 2023 (we recommend applying by October 7 to ensure consideration for Spring, and by December 2nd to ensure consideration for Summer. However, all candidates will be considered on a rolling basis until positions are filled).

To apply, please click here to submit your 1) resume and 2) a cover letter explaining your interest in working for FPF and the subjects or issue areas you are most interested in. 

Leading applicants will be contacted and asked to complete a brief writing prompt and join a 20-minute interview.

Internship Structure: 

Compensation: Interns may choose to either complete their internship for school credit or to be paid at a rate of $20/hour during the Spring and Fall semesters. Summer interns are paid at a rate of $2,500 per month, pro-rated for partial months of work.

FPF is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace that supports employees professionally and personally through our employment practices and benefits offerings. We encourage applications from individuals who represent a variety of backgrounds based on sex, race, ethnicity, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, and other factors protected by law. If we can make the application process easier through accommodation in the recruitment process, please reach out to [email protected]