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Internships

Open Rights Group is an exciting place to volunteer, and if you are looking to gain some office-based experience, you've arrived on the right page! Our internships offer you a unique opportunity to gain research, campaign and communications experience in a small and friendly workspace.

Interns are usually encouraged to volunteer from 3-4 days a week, and be able to commit for 3 months (subject to paid employment). Through that experience, we provide opportunities to attend events and build contacts, as well as help in the volunteer projects. Many of our interns also contribute to our supporters’ blog, ORGZine.

We offer a broad range of internships, and accept prospective applications as well. These are voluntary, but we do provide lunch and travel expenses.  Internships we offer are:

Video Editor

Our volunteers produce various campaign videos, conference videos and interview people with something important to say about digital rights. If you have basic video skills or want to gain some, we have the equipment and editing software. This is an excellent opportunity to hone in those filming and editing skills - vital for any future work in digital media.

See our Youtube and Vimeo channels for examples. Contact us for further information.

We are not currently looking for someone to fill this role. If you are interested in helping from time to time with video work we would be keen to hear from you.

ORGZine Editor

ORGZine, our supporters’ online Zine, is always in need for a volunteer or two. We're specifically looking for anyone interested in digital rights and keen to gain experience in editing. With digital technology developing and changing all the time, it's a dynamic and exciting role to take on. You would be in charge of finding writers, editing articles, creating new and interesting content. More can be found on the project here, and a full detailed job description, here. Creativity is key. Send us an email with your interests and a link to some of your work if you're interested.

We are not currently looking for someone to fill this role.

Developer 

We are often in need of technical support and expertise to help in the creation of new projects, web development etc. You will be given responsibility for a particular project, room for experiementation and practical support.

We are currently seeking a developer intern to support our blocked.org project. Details here. 

Policy and Parliamentary 

ORG produce a weekly parliamentary and policy monitoring update which goes out via email and on our wiki. It provides information on EU and UK policy updates, news stories, parliamentary questions and ORG media appearances. This is produced by our policy intern who researches debates, attends relevant meetings, writes profiles of MPs among other tasks. They need to have a strong research background and excellent organisaton skills. More can be found on the project here, and a full detailed job description, here.

We are not currently looking for someone to fill this role.

Researchers

Our wiki is an important resource and repository for information about digital rights and lobbyists working to restrict them, but we want to expand it to cover the main strands of academic research and commentary. Starting with evidence from Peter Drahos, James Boyle and others, and you'll be summarising the main points and arguments on our wiki. This is a perfect opportunity for someone wanting to work in our field, or students looking to writing revision notes in the area. Contact us if you're keen.

We are not currently looking for someone to fill this role.

Research and legal

We have regular opportunities for people who would like to research privacy, copyright and freedom of expression in the digital arena. We are especially interested if you have or are studying for a law degree or legal qualification. If this is something you’d like to work on, then please don’t hesitate to apply.

We are not currently looking for someone to fill this role.

How to apply

Send an email to volunteer at openrightsgroup dot org.

Please include your CV, a covering letter explaining why you'd be the right person for the roles. If applicable, please also include examples of your work - either video, blogs or research depending on the position you are applying for.

Jag Bahra

I volunteered for ORG in order to gain some more experience after graduating from law school. Digital rights is a fascinating area of law and ORG are leading the way with a lot of extremely valuable campaign work, so it was great to be able to contribute towards this. If you're a law graduate and you're into copyright, privacy, freedom of expression or anything of the sort I would strongly recommend it.

- Jag Bahra, Research Intern