Advocacy & Public Policy

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DDF offers several internship opportunities for students passionate about protecting civil liberties, especially the right to dissent. Interns will generally work in our national office, which is located in Takoma Park, Maryland just outside Washington, DC or remotely from anywhere in the U.S. Interns at the national office will have the opportunity to attend educational forums, symposia and meetings hosted by our allies, think tanks and local universities. National office interns will also participate in meetings with coalition partners, Congressional staff and staff from different federal agencies and the White House.

All DDF interns will engage in substantive work including research, writing, lobbying and coalition-building. Specific projects interns will work on include the Campaign to Protect Animnal Rights Activism; Rapid Response Solidarity Network; Civil Liberties Wikipedia; Dissent & Repression Comic Series; Defending Dissent Radio; Direct and Grassroots Lobbying.

Summer Internship Program: This is an 8-week internship in our national office. Students are expected to work 30 hours per week and are paid a modest stipend.

Remote Internships: This flexible internship offers students the opportunity to work on DDF projects from anywhere in the U.S.

Fall or Spring Semester Internship Program: Full or part-time interns are accepted at our national office or can work remotely.


Responsibilities will be determined based on the skills and interests of the candidate and may include the following:

Research and Writing:
- Research, write and post content for DDF action alerts, press releases, newsletters and webpages
- Research and write articles on progressive and radical activists and movements in U.S. history, and on the history of government repression for the Civil Liberties Wikipedia

Advocacy and Organizing
- Attend coalition meetings
- Work with partners to strengthen and expand Rapid Response Solidarity Network
- Help with all aspects of the Campaign to Protect Animal Rights Activism including recruiting groups, developing education and outreach material, public speaking, helping to organize meetings and develop the campaign

- Research legislation and positions of members of Congress
- Provide information to Congressional offices on DDF issues
- Organize and participate in lobby visits


DDF is looking for intelligent and energetic undergraduate and law and graduate students who have a strong commitment to a free and open society. Ideal candidates are responsible, focused, and organized, and have a background or interest in government, political advocacy, history or communications. Previous research experience is a plus, but not required
All interns are expected to demonstrate excellent research, writing, and communication skills. The ability to work under pressure and a sense of humor are also important.

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