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The Freedom Project is dedicated to the actualization of freedom in the U.S. and abroad. As such, we partner with various foundations, think tanks, and non-governmental organizations to provide students with real world experience putting their knowledge into practice.  Recent internships in include summer positions at Index on Censorship , the Henry Jackson Society in London, and Justitia in  Denmark.  Students are also eligible to apply for funding to travel to conferences and seminars that examine ideas about freedom and liberty.

Index on Censorship

The Freedom Project is offering up to three internships at the prestigious international organization, Index on Censorship, located in London.

The organization is at the center of the global movement to protect freedom of expression and its flagship publication has been a major medium for the publication of dissident voices, coverage of violations of freedom of expression, and campaigning to protect the fundamental human right of freedom of expression around the world.

The internship is for a ten-week period, June 1-August 15, 2016. The duties are variable, but will include: desk-based advocacy research, such as doing internet research on cases of free expression violations; support of Index freedom of expression award fellows and follow-up interviews; journalism (such as carrying out phone interviews) and writing for publication; some administrative work - usually one day per week helping organize data or sending magazines to subscribers.

The internship will cover round-trip airfare as well as a stipend to cover basic living expenses (food, lodging, and local transportation). The exact amount of the stipend will be determined in consultation with the successful candidates for the internship. Interns will be responsible for finding their own accommodations for the ten-week period.

The internship is open to all first-years, sophomore and junior students. Graduating seniors, unfortunately, are not eligible. The internship requires excellent writing and communications skills, organizational capability, and a high level of maturity and responsibility.

The application consists:

  • An essay of no more than two double-spaced, which details your reason for pursuing the internship – including a statement why you think you would fit in with the principles and goals of Index on Censorship.

  • relevant experience and/or coursework (including any language skills that might be pertinent).

  • A writing sample that reflects your academic, analytic and writing abilities.

The application should be consolidated into one PDF file and sent to: Caryn Sowa, Freedom Project Program Coordinator by December 9, 2016 tcushman@wellesley.edu). Interviews with a short list of candidates will be held soon thereafter and final decisions will be made by December 19.

The Pioneer Institute

In light of our successful partnership with the Index on Censorship, the Freedom Project is offering a new internship at the influential state-based organization, Pioneer Institute, in Boston.

Pioneer Institute is an independent non-partisan privately funded research organization that seeks to improve the quality of life in Massachusetts through civic discourse and intellectually rigorous, data-driven public policy solutions based on free market principles, individual liberty and responsibility, and the ideal of effective, limited and accountable government. Their main policy focuses are education, healthcare, better government and economic opportunity, and their mission is based on the principles of economic mobility and fair play. Pioneer is a resource for the public, legislators on Beacon Hill and staff in the State’s executive offices and attract more media coverage than any other research institute in Massachusetts.

The internship is for the summer semester, starting in mid-late May and ending in August. It is a 32-hour per week (4 full-time work days) commitment and the specific days/times would be worked out between you and the Pioneer Institute. Interns will support Pioneer staff working on a number of projects that include communications and marketing- oriented components as well as more policy-focused initiatives. The role would be writing intensive with opportunities for blogging on a range of policy-related subjects and would also include some administrative support on fundraising and events.

Students will receive a $5,000 stipend to cover transportation and costs of living.

The ideal candidate will be a college sophomore, junior or senior in communications, political science or government, marketing, public policy, economics or a related field. Applications from all majors will be accepted. The role requires excellent writing and communications skills, organizational capability, and a high level of maturity and responsibility.

The application consists:

  • A resume and cover letter

  • A writing sample (between 4-10 pages)

  • The application should be sent to: Josh McCabe, Associate Director of The Freedom Project by March 1, 2017 (jmccabe@wellesley.edu). Interviews with a short list of candidates will be held soon thereafter and final decisions will be made by March 18, 2017.