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The Office of Policy Analysis and Development (OPAD) supports NTIA's role as the principal adviser to the President on telecommunications and information policies. Its goal is to enhance the public interest by generating, articulating, and advocating creative and influential policies and programs in the telecommunications and information sectors that promote innovation, competition, consumer welfare, and economic and social opportunities for all.

With a multi-disciplinary staff, OPAD is the domestic policy division of NTIA. OPAD regularly seeks multiple unpaid student volunteers for the spring (March May), summer (May August), and fall (Sept. Dec.) sessions to assist our professional staff on a number of important initiatives. Student volunteers are welcome for either a semester or a longer duration. Depending upon the student's interests, skills and experience, she/he will have the opportunity to write as well as conduct research on cutting-edge policy issues. In addition, interns typically attend staff and policy meetings, accompany OPAD staff to external conferences, meetings and events, and meet key officials and staff within the Department of Commerce and other entities.

OPAD analyzes a wide range of issues affecting telecommunications and information. It makes policy recommendations in such areas as common carrier; mass media (e.g., radio, television, cable); wireless services and radio spectrum management; the Internet and electronic commerce; broadband networks; and public interest issues related to telecommunications and information services.

NTIA/OPAD also conducts original research on a variety of issues, including Internet and broadband usage and policies. For example, NTIA's Minority Telecommunications Development Program (MTDP), located within OPAD, develops programs and policies to increase minority ownership of broadcast and other telecommunications businesses. The Commerce Department's Internet Policy Task Force, examines such issues as privacy, cybersecurity, online copyright protection, and the global free flow of information.

Requirements: Student volunteers must hold U.S. citizenship and be enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or law school program to be qualified for a position. Interested students should submit a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample (10-page limit). Students may work on a part-time or full-time basis, but should list their availability in the cover letter. OPAD reviews applications on a rolling basis, but will not accept applications after the following dates:
- Summer (June-August): March 1
- Fall (September-December): July 1
- Spring (January-May): November 1

Interested students should send the documents listed above via email to:
Jim McConnaughey
Office of Policy Analysis and Development
National Telecommunications and Information Administration
Voice: (202) 482-3161 Fax: (202) 482-6173
Email: jmcconnaughey@ntia.doc.gov



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