The National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) Office of Policy Analysis and Development (OPAD) seeks Fall interns to participate in researching and analyzing important Internet and communications policy issues. As NTIA’s domestic policy office, we play an important role in addressing public policy challenges that affect Americans’ daily lives in the digital age.

Our multidisciplinary team, which includes policy analysts, attorneys, economists, and engineers, focuses on some of the most important challenges in Internet policy, including protecting privacy online, facilitating widespread broadband adoption, and achieving balanced protections for intellectual property. Interns at OPAD make substantive contributions to federal Internet and communications research and policy, with projects varying based on interests and academic background.

Past interns have been exposed to a broad array of issues, and have assisted in researching and analyzing domestic and international privacy laws, producing recommendations related to copyright policy, contributing towards discussions on broadband and digital equity, and performing quantitative analysis of data on computer and Internet use. Interns will gain increased understanding of the characteristics that make the Internet unique and will be exposed to the myriad of laws, policies, protocols, and principles that have allowed the Internet to thrive as a force for global trade and the free flow of information. Interns will assist OPAD experts in the development of research, papers, and briefings on today’s cutting edge Internet policy issues to assist government leaders in navigating the intersections between technology and policy in today’s marketplace.

To apply, send a current resume and cover letter to with OPAD indicated in the e-mail body.

All applicants applying to participate in the NTIA Student Volunteer Internship Program must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be enrolled on a full-time or at least half-time basis at an accredited institution.
  • Be a student in good academic standing.
  • Be able to apply for and receive a Commerce ID (requires satisfactory pre-appointment security processing, to include submission of electronic security form and fingerprints).

To learn more about NTIA’s internship program, as well as the other offices within the agency, visit:

http://www.ntia. gov/page/2011/ntia-internship-program