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Open internship position as a technical intern

Written by Jonas Öberg

FSFE is a charity dedicated to empowering users to control technology. We are working to build freedom in digital society. We operate in a lively environment with volunteers from many countries. We are looking for a technical intern to join our team for three months, taking part in the work to rewrite and implement a new account management system.

What we can offer is:

What you'll do:

Be sure to read our pages about internships in general before applying!

Basic details

Location: Berlin, Germany. Please note the FSFE has no ability to help with accommodation or travel, you will need to cover this yourself and arrange this prior to your internship.

Duration: 3 months full time at 35 hours per week, starting around the 1st of January 2017 or as otherwise agreed.

Compensation: This internship is salaried with a basic salary of €1,289 per month.

Work responsibility and activities

You will be in charge of rewriting our account management system, a central piece of our infrastructure which is the public facing interface for new membership registrations, donations and volunteers.

By rewriting the system with a Python framework, we hope to make it more modular and maintainable so we can tackle some of the limitations of the current system which is a blocker for some of our other work.


You need to have experience from development in Python, and some knowledge of common web frameworks (Flask, Pyramid or Django, for instance). Some CSS framework experience is also beneficial.

Formal requirements

You must be fluent in English and will be required to show that you can legally work in Germany; either by being an EU citizen, or by having a residence and work permit for the duration. The FSFE can not help you in getting either of these documents, but we will accept them if you have them (for instance because you are studying in Germany and are allowed to work).

You must also have a German tax number which you get by registering with the residents registration office (Einwohnermeldeamt) in Germany. This should ideally be done before starting the internship, or at latest on the first days of your internship.

Application deadline

We would like to receive your application by the 1st of November, but will be communicating with prospective applicants already before then.

How to apply

Send your application containing a letter of motivation, a CV by e-mail to office@fsfe.org. Please make sure to write clearly you apply for the internship position with reference TI-WEB. We prefer to receive your documents in PDF format.

Contact persons

If you have any questions about the position or any administrative details in connection with it, you're welcome to contact:

Both will be reading and responding if you send your question to the office@fsfe.org address. We look forward to reading your application!