Privacy Internship (2019)

San Francisco, California, United States Part-time Allows remote

Common Sense ( is the nation's leading independent nonprofit organization devoted to helping kids and families thrive in a world of media and technology. Every day, millions of families turn to Common Sense for trusted advice and unbiased ratings. We offer the largest library of independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for everything your kids want to watch, play, read, and learn. Our movie and TV ratings are available on Netflix, Comcast, DirecTV, and many other partner networks, helping families and kids make smart media choices. Through our schools program, we provide educators with a curriculum that teaches the essential digital citizenship and literacy skills every student needs to succeed. More than 100,000 member schools across the country use our ratings and free curricula and content. We also work with policymakers, industry leaders, legislators, and a grassroots community of concerned parents and teachers to improve the media and education landscape for kids, families, and schools.


Common Sense is seeking an all-star privacy intern who can help our privacy team over the summer. This is a great opportunity for any individual looking to gain practical privacy experience at a rapidly growing, national nonprofit. The ideal candidate will be a great team player who is detail-oriented and can work both collaboratively and independently.


The privacy intern will be part of the team working on the Privacy Evaluation Initiative (, a district-led effort to streamline understanding of the privacy implications of technology used to support teaching and learning. This internship requires a general interest in policy and the technical aspects of privacy. We recognize that these skill sets don't always overlap and encourage students with policy, education, law, or technical backgrounds to apply. An average week will involve activities such as reading privacy policies for education technology applications, drafting blog posts to teachers on how to evaluate the privacy protections of software, and meeting with educators, vendors, parents, or district staff to provide information on privacy and security best practices. You will work with a cutting-edge product, technical, and legislative team that is bringing greater transparency and accountability to the entire sphere of personal information.


LOCATION: San Francisco, CA. Remote locations will be considered.



  • Candidates with privacy or policy experience, software development experience, or legal experience strongly encouraged to apply.
  • A familiarity with:
    • The use of data in education, including in K12 schools.
    • Privacy laws.
    • Basic information security practices.
    • Current trends and practices in educational technology.
  • Strong research and analytical skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize workload.



  • Familiarity with software-development processes.
  • Comfortable with and willing to help define and identify priorities as technology and education evolve.



  • Ideal start date: Orientation is Monday, June 17, from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. On-site attendance is preferred.
  • Ideal end date: Friday, August 9, 2019
  • Hours: ~15-20 hours/week
  • Interns need to be available to attend a minimum of six weekly educational Lunch & Learns (there will be seven total). Lunch & Learns will be every Wednesday from 12 p.m.–1 p.m. (PST). On-site attendance is preferred.
  • We will work with your clinical or internship office for school credit if necessary.
  • This is a paid opportunity.


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