The Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University is accepting applications for summer undergraduate interns. We want creative, motivated, and committed students to join us in the defense of the freedoms of speech and the press. You’ll get to contribute to groundbreaking First Amendment research, litigation, and public education efforts. 

About Us

The Knight First Amendment Institute works to preserve and expand the freedoms of speech and the press in the digital age through strategic litigation, research, and public education. Our aim is to promote a system of free expression that is open and inclusive, that broadens and elevates public discourse, and that fosters creativity, accountability, and effective self-government.

What You’ll Do

Your primary responsibility as an undergraduate intern will be to support our research and public education programs. You’ll work alongside the Institute’s staff and legal interns on all aspects of our programs, including research, data management, document preparation, and communications. Our current projects span a wide range of issues, including free speech on social media, government surveillance, intermediary liability, government transparency, the rights of whistleblowers, the right of journalists to protect their sources, encryption, and machine speech.


The summer undergraduate internship is open to students who will have completed the first year of their undergraduate degree before the internship begins. Applicants should possess excellent research, writing, and communication skills, and have a strong interest in human rights principles and the freedoms of speech and the press in particular.

The internship is for up to 35 hours/week and we’ll give preference to those who can commit to a ten-week term. The pay rate for the internship is $21.00/hour.

How to Apply

Send the following to [email protected] by February 28, 2023:

  • a one-page cover letter explaining your interest in the internship, including a description of any relevant work or personal experience,
  • a resume,
  • the contact information for two references,
  • an official or unofficial transcript, and
  • one or two writing samples (preferably research papers).