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Jobs and Internships

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Internet and Broadband Policy Intern – Minneapolis, MN Office

Compensation: Paid

Wage: Dependent on qualifications

Term: September 5th-December 21st, 2017.

Interested in Internet policy issues? Want to work in an exciting field to build more resilient economies and encourage more vibrant democracy? Want to have fun doing meaningful work?

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance seeks a part-time or full-time paid intern for its Community Broadband Networks program.

Our Ideal Intern

  • Is enthusiastic about technology policy and believes in balancing private interests with public interests
  • Writes compelling, well-researched and concise articles on a short deadline
  • Can juggle multiple tasks
  • Works independently
  • Is creative – graphics, videos, audio, whatever. Multimedia is wonderful.
  • Is confident calling people to interview them over the phone
  • Is self-directed
  • Has some background knowledge of economics and public policy


The Kinds of Things We Do

  • We run – the hub of the community networks movement
  • Create fact sheets, reports, videos, podcasts, and the occasional comic. The White House relied on our research for its own report on broadband networks
  • Advise communities on how to improve Internet access for businesses and residents
  • Educate the media and policymakers on Internet policy


Open until filled. If you are incredible, we may create another position. Never hurts to try.


  • Send an email to with Subject Line: ILSR INTERNet Application
  • Explain in 3 paragraphs why you are the ideal intern.
  • Attach a resume and writing sample (or relevant creative work)
  • Please do not call


  • Flexible hours
  • Experience in the fast paced high tech public policy world
  • Pay based on qualifications and time commitment.

Waste to Wealth Internships – Washington, D.C. Office

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance seeks qualified college and university students or graduates for academic year and summer internships to work on its Waste to Wealth Program.  Course credit may be available with approval from an academic department.

We are seeking interns for two projects:

  1. Composting for Community: We are looking for one or more interns to document model composting activities and policies around the country, and assist with regional efforts to expand composting and raise awareness of the benefits. (contact Linda Bilsens)
  2. Recycling, Economic Development, and Zero Waste:  Focus of internship will be documenting new recycling enterprise start ups, innovative collection and processing technologies, impact of national, state and regional Extended Producer Responsibility programs. (contact Neil Seldman)

Qualifications:  Graduate or undergraduate students [post junior year (summer) and seniors preferred].  Interest, knowledge, or experience in environmental, economic development issues.

Skills: Strong computer experience (Macintosh environment).  MS Word, spreadsheets, databases.  Website skills and desktop publishing a plus.  Excellent writing and communications skills.  Ability to work independently and meet deadlines.

Academic year interns:  Semester term, minimum 10 hours/week.

Summer interns:  Minimum term 2 months, 20 hours/week.

Stipends:  Stipends may be available depending on qualifications and time commitment.

Office hours are flexible.

The Institute’s staff are committed, congenial, and hard-working.  Relaxed work environment.  The office is accessible via public transit (Dupont Circle metro – red line).

To apply, email cover letter, resume, and a brief writing sample to or

ILSR is an Equal Opportunity Employer