Broadband State Policy Fellow

Washington, District of Columbia, United States | Advocacy | Full-time | COVID-19 remote


Common Sense ( is the nation's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of all kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in the 21st century.

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 Comcast, Apple TV, 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 curriculum and content. We also work with policymakers, industry leaders, and legislators to improve the media and education landscape for kids, families, and schools.

We are seeking a broadband state policy fellow to manage Common Sense's state-level digital divide broadband outreach and advocacy agenda, and support connectivity work at the federal level. Common Sense is an independent voice for kids, families, and communities everywhere. We combine original research with game-changing advocacy efforts to make the digital world better for all kids and families. Our advocacy work highlights legislation and private sector changes that will strengthen the overall well-being of children, technology, and digital media, and it identifies innovative solutions. 

LOCATION: Flexible (and remote during the coronavirus pandemic)

EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Full-time (40 hours per week) 

REPORTS TO: Director, equity policy

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS: Occasional as needed for state advocacy


  • Track states' digital divide proposals (including broadband infrastructure deployment, subsidized broadband programs, broadband mapping/assessments, digital inclusion programs), and support actions and proposals that prioritize closing the digital divide for all families and businesses.
  • Educate state and federal lawmakers and officials on broadband policies that support closing the digital divide for all families and businesses.
  • Support federal efforts to close the digital divide as needed.
  • Support state officials to maximize use of federal funding for broadband programs.
  • Cultivate relationships with industry leaders, advocates, and lawmakers to support policies to close the digital divide.
  • Convene interested stakeholders and help to create reports, educational materials, and public-facing resources related to closing the digital divide.
  • Other duties as needed that are appropriate to this position. 


  • Knowledge of and demonstrated interest in broadband policy.
  • Familiarity with state policy process.
  • Previous work history in advocacy, tech, and/or state or federal government.
  • Graduate, law, public policy, or engineering degree preferred but not required. 
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and interpersonal skills.


  • The chance to work with talented, passionate professionals.
  • A great health and welfare benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, and a matching 401(k).
  • An organization that offers work/life balance.
  • The opportunity to really make a difference in the lives of kids and families!


Common Sense values the diversity of its employees and is an equal opportunity employer. For more information on our values, please visit our statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Common Sense will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. However, job offers are made on the condition that the applicant subsequently passes a criminal background check. If the background check indicates a prior criminal conviction, we will conduct an individualized assessment to determine whether the conviction should result in denial of employment.