Electronic Frontier Foundation is hiring an
Please note this internship is only open to Reynolds School of Journalism students currently enrolled at the University of Nevada at Reno.
Duration: Spring semester (January 23, 2023 - May 22, 2023)
Amount of work: 10 hours per week up to 150 hours for the internship (120 hours minimum)
Application deadline: We will begin reviewing applications on November 14, 2022 and the internship will remain open until filled.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is accepting applications for research interns, in partnership with the Reynolds School of Journalism and the University of Nevada, Reno. This internship will help investigate the proliferation of surveillance technology among law enforcement agencies. Working with EFF’s Threat Lab, the applicant will gain experience collaborating on a number of projects involving data and public records. The student may also contribute to other EFF projects as needed.
The internship will work on expanding EFF’s Atlas of Surveillance project (http://atlasofsurveillance.org/). Previous students received credit for an online report (https://www.eff.org/atlas-border) and received bylines in newspapers that republished portions of the report (Tucson Weekly: https://www.tucsonweekly.com/tucson/somebodys-watching-you/).
This internship is an excellent opportunity for students interested in developing or honing their skills of knowledge base in any of the following areas:
We are seeking interns of varied skills, experience, and interests. Because this internship will be completed remotely/virtually, we encourage students with non-traditional schedules to apply.
If you have experience in any of the above areas, please let us know, but experience is not a prerequisite. The main qualifications we are looking for are enthusiasm, curiosity, and, because the position is remote, the ability to work well on one’s own.
Applicants should also be aware that data-driven research sometimes involves repetitive and tedious tasks: if you find spreadsheets agonizing, you should not apply. There will be a lot of Google Sheets work.
About EFF: The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world. Founded in 1990, EFF champions user privacy, free expression, and innovation through impact litigation, policy analysis, grassroots activism, and technology development. We work to ensure that rights and freedoms are enhanced and protected as our use of technology grows.
Please also know that even if you are not selected for this internship, there will be further opportunities to gain experience with EFF in future semesters.