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<p id="category"><a href="/about/jobs/index.html">Jobs</a></p>
<h1>Internships and Traineeships</h1>
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<p>
FSFE is a charity dedicated to empowering users to control technology. We
are working to build freedom in digital society. We operate in a lively
environment of numerous volunteers from many countries and several
full-time employees.
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<img class="img-circle" src="/graphics/olga.jpg" alt="Olga Gkotsopoulou" />
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<p>
My eleven months as trainee and part of the FSFE's international team,
have been full with new things to learn, great people to meet,
challenges to overcome and opportunities to grasp. There was never a
boring day. I was involved in high-level legal and policy work as well
as community building and awareness-raising activities. I was in the
core preparation team of short and long-term campaigns.
</p>
<cite>Olga Gkotsopoulou, Intern 2017</cite>
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<p>
FSFE is looking for smart, motivated interns and trainees to join our team.
We offer:
</p>
<ul>
<li>
A truly challenging and exciting time with a dynamic NGO working
internationally
</li>
<li>
A close-up view of organisational and community processes
</li>
<li>
A chance to take the initiative and put your ideas into practice
</li>
<li>
The opportunity to meet and work with Free Software advocates across
Europe
</li>
</ul>
<h2>What you will do</h2>
<ul>
<li>
Contribute to <a href="/activities/activities.html">FSFE's ongoing
projects</a>, working with one or more of our staff and volunteers.
</li>
<li>
Communicate with contacts from the FSFE community, NGO, industry, and
public administrations.
</li>
<li>
Coordinate volunteers and others in the work on various projects.
</li>
<li>
General office tasks.
</li>
<li>
Find your own strengths, and do something you care about.
</li>
<li>
Other tasks outlined in the job description when an opening is announced
(see below).
</li>
</ul>
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<img class="img-circle" src="/graphics/cellini.jpg" alt="Cellini Bedi" />
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<p>
My internship at FSFE was great! The team was amazing and the work
taught me a lot about Free Software, it opened my eyes to a lot of
things. I enjoyed every second of my internship, I met different kinds
of people and gained friendships that I will treasure forever.
</p>
<cite>Cellini Bedi, Intern 2016</cite>
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</blockquote>
<h2>Basic internship facts</h2>
<p>
We are generally open for applications throughout the year. Sometimes we
offer longer internships and traineeships, and other times we seek
applicants with a specific focus (for instance students for summer
internships). These will be announced separately in our <a
href="/news/">news</a> and <a href="/news/newsletter.html">newsletter</a>.
Here are the usual specifics:
</p>
<ul>
<li>Duration: 4 months or longer, full-time.</li>
<li>Location: Berlin, Germany.</li>
<li>Compensation: Interns receive a compensation corresponding to the
currently applicable statutory minimum wage for a full-time job (~1440€ as
of 1 January 2021. Subject to change). The specific current amount is
announced when an opening is announced.</li>
<li>Requirement: The internship is open to EU citizens, and anyone else
holding a residence permit and a work permit for Germany.</li>
</ul>
<blockquote>
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<img class="img-circle" src="/graphics/jan.jpg" alt="Jan Weymeirsch" />
<div>
<p>
With my internship at the Free Software Foundation Europe, I was given
the opportunity to work together with amazing and highly motivated
people. I could bring in my existing skills in a meaningful way, as
well as learn a whole lot of new technical methods and ways to enthuse
people. In my usual field of statistics and data analysis, Free
Software and Open Data becomes increasingly important and is a key to
privacy-friendly and ethical Data Science, which is why I am so
delighted to be able to contribute to the work the FSFE is doing.
</p>
<cite>Jan Weymeirsch, Intern 2018</cite>
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</div>
</blockquote>
<h2>Who we're looking for</h2>
<p>
FSFE interns are a pretty diverse bunch. If you are interested in
working on the frontline of technology policy and activism, then
you've come to the right place. You're fired up about a free
information society, and you've already done something to tell others
why freedom matters? Then this internship is for you. Your academic
background and qualifications matter less than your experience, your
will to learn, and your ability to get things done. We expect:
</p>
<ul>
<li>
Solid basic knowledge of, and considerable interest in, Free
Software (required)
</li>
<li>
Fluent English (written and spoken) is a requirement;
a working knowledge of other languages is an asset.
</li>
<li>
Basic acquaintance with working on GNU/Linux systems (desirable)
</li>
<li>
Ability to be creative, responsible, and to multitask.
</li>
<li>
Ability to integrate into a young, motivated and professional team
</li>
<li>
No programming skills required. Programming is one of the
few things you probably <i>won't</i> be doing during your
internship, unless you're applying for a technical
internship.
</li>
<li>We want more women to be involved in Free Software. That's
why when there are candidates with equal qualification, we will give
preference to applications from suitably qualified female candidates.</li>
</ul>
<blockquote>
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<img class="img-circle" src="/graphics/vincent.jpg" alt="Vincent Lequertier" />
<div>
<p>
I am passionate about Free Software and I always wanted to help with
its promotion. That's why an offer to help the FSFE was a perfect fit
for me. During my internship, I worked mostly on developing the FSFE's
infrastructure and helped by adding documentation for specific tasks
involving different services. Interns at FSFE are really useful, as
they bring their experience and knowledge to the FSFE and, given the
structure and openness of the organisation, are able to do meaningful
work that has a real value.
</p>
<cite>Vincent Lequertier, Intern 2018</cite>
</div>
</div>
</blockquote>
<h2>How to apply</h2>
<p>
Applications for internships are welcome any time. However, note that the
available slots are limited, so please apply well in advance of your desired
start date.
</p>
<p>
To apply, please send a maximum one-page cover letter and a maximum two-page
CV (only PDFs are accepted) by email to jobs@fsfe.org, with the subject
"Internship". Please do not include pictures of yourself in the application.
If you have general questions about this or anything else, please <a
href="/contact/">contact us via our general address</a>.
</p>
<p>
We look forward to your application!
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