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Tinkerer and thinker on everything free and open. Exploring possibilities and engaging with new opportunities to instigate change.

Jonas Öberg
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Jonas is a dad, husband, tinkerer, thinker and traveler. He's passionate about the future and bringing people together, from all fields of free and open.

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Are you the FSFE's next intern?

Jonas ÖbergJonas Öberg

One of the advantages of our ticket system in the FSFE, which we now use to manage among other things our internship applications, is that it's very easy to get an overview. I just extracted a report of our internship applications for the past month.

Since the 18th of April, we've had 29 applications for an internship or traineeship. Among those, we've accepted 1 (one!) who will start her internship now in the end of the month. Most of the applications we get sadly do not make the cut.

We have to prioritise among the applications, and we tend to prioritise those who've shown a previous commitment to free software, and who we think would benefit the most from an internship. Working with the FSFE is a challenge: as an intern, you are not only encouraged, but expected, to participate in and lead our work. It's a true learning by doing experience.

Each intern is also an investment from our side. We believe in what we do, and we believe that giving people experience from working on political, technical and social issues in a non-profit organisation is one of our most useful activities. As such, we invest significant time and effort into each intern, which is also why we limit the number of concurrent interns to what the organisation can actually manage at any one time.

Each year, we accept somewhere between three and six interns and trainees, a bit depending on the number of applications we receive and the relevance of them. If current trends continue, this means an acceptance rate of about 1,7% of all applications. Or put in a different way: it means that for every intern we accept, we decline 58 others.

Here are some hints, if you want to be the FSFE's next intern:

Good luck with your application!

  1. We have a separate traineeship program which has less formal requirements, but it comes at a more significant cost for us, and we can not accept as many as we want. If you're interested in sponsoring our work so we can increase the number of trainees we accept, I'd love to talk to you!

Jonas Öberg
Author

Jonas Öberg

Jonas is a dad, husband, tinkerer, thinker and traveler. He's passionate about the future and bringing people together, from all fields of free and open.