The Global Network Initiative (GNI) seeks energetic and engaged interns for the academic semester and summer in its Washington, D.C., office. Internships are open to graduate and undergraduate students in all majors. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  

The GNI is a non-profit, multistakeholder initiative focused on protecting and advancing freedom of expression and privacy in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector. The GNI strives to craft global standards for corporate responsibility in the technology sector. Our membership includes companies, civil society organizations (including human rights and press freedom groups), investors, and academics.


Interns work closely with the GNI’s Policy Director, Learning and Development Director and Communications Manager on a range issues related to corporate social responsibility and human rights in the ICT sector. Interns can expect to contribute to the GNI’s work in most of the following ways:
•    Conduct factual and policy research on issues related to freedom of expression, privacy, and business and human rights
•    Draft analysis to be incorporated into policy papers, reports, consultation responses, and other written pieces on business and human rights in the ICT sector
•    Assist with the work of the GNI Board committees on policy and learning, and outreach and communications
•    Attend and report on congressional hearings, think-tank discussions, and other events
•    Assist in the preparation for external meetings and presentations
•    Assist with administrative tasks as necessary


Graduate and undergraduate students in all majors are encouraged to apply.  Ideal candidates will have:•    Academic background, experience or demonstrated interest in human rights, internet policy, media policy, and/or corporate social responsibility issues
•    Excellent research, writing, and communication skills
•    Comfort in multi-stakeholder settings working with diverse constituencies
•    Attentiveness to detail, resourcefulness, and creativity
•    Self-initiative and team-orientation
•    Time commitment: We ask that summer interns work full-time (40 hours / week) for at least 10 weeks. We ask that academic year interns commit to a minimum of 20 hours per week for a semester. Start and end dates are flexible.


GNI is a newly incorporated, non-profit organization.  The central pillars and key activities of the GNI include:
•    A framework for action rooted in international human rights standards and centered on high level Principles and Implementation Guidelines. This framework is designed to help companies make responsible and informed decisions regarding online privacy and expression
•    An independent accountability mechanism focused on the implementation of the GNI Principles and Implementation Guidelines by member companies. This includes public reporting and internal dialogue regarding implementation challenges
•    Board committees and collaborative work streams focused on developing and strengthening GNI’s approach to shared learning and policy engagement, outreach and communications, governance and accountability, and other issues
•    Shared learning opportunities with both internal and external participants, designed to develop resources, strategies and other mechanisms to respond to complex and emerging issues in this space
•    Engagement with policymakers and other key stakeholders around the world


Internships are unpaid positions. The GNI encourages applicants to explore funding that may be available for not-for-profit and public interest internships through their individual schools.


Please send an email explaining your interest in GNI and freedom of expression and privacy online, along with a resume and short writing sample, to [email protected] (subject line: “Internship application”). Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and early applications are encouraged. Please indicate whether you are applying for an academic semester or summer internship.

GNI is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual or gender orientation, religion, or physical ability.