If you're interested in applying for an internship in the FSFE, now is not the time to apply! :-) We've just introduced some changes to our internship program, to clarify the program and ensure it remains as an attractive program for students and young professionals wanting to learn more about free software, especially when it comes to policy, legal issues, and public awareness work.
About a year ago, we introduced some changes to our internship program which split the program in two parts: internships (for students) and traineeships (for everyone else). What we've seen in this period is that the applications for student internships has dropped significantly: most people apply for traineeships, and it's been confusing for applicants (and us!) to have two separate programs.
The changes we've now introduced bring these two programs together under one program again: internships. However, this new program will be open for students and others alike. Occasionally we may decide to announce internship openings specifically to students who are doing this as part of their education, but in either case, it will all be under the same program.
Another change we do is we will no longer (generally) accept unsolicited applications. They take a lot of time for us to process and in 99% of the cases, we can not successfully place the applicant. Rather, we will be announcing, several times per year, specific internship openings with fixed deadlines to apply.
Each internship we announce will include more explicit information about which work area of the FSFE this internship will touch upon, and what background we would like to see in a successful applicant.
If you'd like to read more about our internships, check out our internship page and subscribe to our newsletter which is where all internship positions will be announced in the future!