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2014 Summer Interns

BORDC seeks interns for Summer 2014. Opportunities are available in Washington, DC, and Northampton, MA. Opportunities are also available for remote work from anywhere in the US for candidates with reliable phone and internet access.

Northampton, MA: Interns will work primarily out of BORDC's national headquarters in downtown Northampton, but some projects can be completed remotely.

Washington, DC: Interns will primarily work remotely but will meet regularly with the organization's DC-based executive director. Interns will also be expected to attend occasional events in the DC area.

Remote: Interns will work entirely remotely but will be expected to regular communication by phone and email with the national staff. Interns will also be expected to attend any BORDC-sponsored events in their local areas.

Note: Applicants need not be current students to be considered.


15 hours per week minimum; 20 hours per week preferred.

Interns are encouraged to be available for weekly staff meetings (generally held on Monday afternoons) either in person or by teleconference.


Responsibilities will be determined based on the skills and interests of the candidate(s) and the agency’s needs and may include the following:

  • Research, write, and post relevant content for the organization's blog, action alerts, press releases, and/or newsletter on issues including government surveillance, racial and ethnic profiling, and executive accountability for human rights abuses.
  • Write and edit literature and web pages.
  • Engage allied local organizations on behalf of the organization, present proposed reforms as a vehicle for coalition building, and help coordinate subsequent outreach to those allies.
  • Help the organizing staff track and communicate with local groups and new members.
  • Organize local student groups and assist with development of campus organizing guide.
  • Participate in conference calls with organizational coalitions, affinity groups, etc., and take notes.
  • Research contact lists (e.g., potential organizational allies) to facilitate organizing efforts.
  • Research news articles related to BORDC's issues and use them to draft and distribute BORDC's daily news digest via email and blog post.
  • Write, produce, and edit multimedia content, such as videos and podcasts.

Required Qualifications

  • Interest in civil liberties issues, the Bill of Rights, and the US Constitution.
  • Computer literacy.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Attention to detail and ability to work without direct supervision.
  • Internet research competency.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working as part of a nonprofit organization.
  • Familiarity with current events relating to government secrecy, surveillance, detention, and torture.
  • Experience with HTML and CSS website design.
  • Experience with audio or video production.


BORDC is unable to provide financial compensation for this internship. Interns are welcome to seek out internship funding from their schools or other outside sources.

Academic Credit

Interns are encouraged to make arrangements to receive academic credit for their internships. BORDC will accommodate the requirements of credit-earning internships as much as possible.

To apply:

Email a cover letter and resume to with one of the following subject lines, depending on which position you wish to apply for:

  • 2014 Summer Intern - Northampton
  • 2014 Summer Intern - DC
  • 2014 Summer Intern - Remote

Applications accepted through May 26, 2014.

Electronic applications only. No phone calls or snail mail, please.

The Bill of Rights Defense Committee is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and an equal opportunity employer: women, people of color, people with disabilities, and gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people are encouraged to apply.