Public Policy Intern (Part time, 16hrs per week)


Fully flexible hours

Dog friendly

Employment type
Part time

Who We Are

We’re the team behind Matrix—the leading project for secure, open decentralised communication and Element— the all-in-one secure chat app for teams, friends and organisations. Our mission is to make messaging as open as email— allowing everyone to choose where their data is hosted, enjoy private conversations and ultimately be in control of their own communication.

We build open alternatives to apps like WhatsApp, Slack, Teams & more. Our early adopters include The French Government, and open source communities like Mozilla, KDE, GNOME and Wikimedia, while we’re working towards gaining traction in personal messaging.

We build things for everyone, and we know we can’t succeed without a diverse team. Our hiring process is designed to be respectful and give candidates the best chance to show us what you can do. If we ever fall down on this, please let us know.

The Role

Working with the Policy and Regulation Manager and Chief Operating Officer, the Public Policy intern will:

  • Support with the ongoing administration of the Coalition for Competitive Digital Markets, of which Element is a founding member
  • Monitoring incoming legislation (main focus on EU and UK, potentially US) and produce briefs. Main focus on:
    • Privacy focused regulations, such as the ePrivacy Regulation;
    • Legislation aimed at regulating the Digital Markets, such as the Digital Markets Act, Digital Services Act and the Data Act;
    • Regulatory and legal instruments which might run the risk of undermining end-to-end encryption, such as the UK Online Safety Bill.
  • Write and review blog posts and PR pieces which summarise and communicate our views and messages to the general public and Matrix community


The most important thing is that you believe passionately in the mission of decentralisation of the internet. More specifically that you believe that communications should not be centralised in the hands of a small number of very large organisations and instead individuals should control their own data and choose who they share it with.

This is an ideal role for a PhD student, working in public policy research, and looking to work an average of 16 hours a week in addition to their studies.

Working hours are flexible and negotiable.

Additionally we are looking for someone who is:

  • Smart, curious and enthusiastic
  • An articulate communicator who takes great pleasure in helping others
  • Well versed in “translating” legalese into english and grasp the big picture of a regulation/legislation
  • Empathetic, with both their colleagues and the end user
  • Comfortable with the pace, trade offs and ambiguity of an early stage startup (specifically: how to take care of yourself and get your work done without working crazy hours)

The Interview Process

  • 1st round: 45 minute video call with the Policy and Regulation Manager
  • Final round: 60 minute video call OR in person if located in London the Policy and Regulation Manager and Chief Operating Officer
  • Specific questions for both rounds will be shared in advance to provide ample time to prepare.

If you have any questions before making an application reach out to Mischa ( via or


Our general approach is to treat people like adults and acknowledge that by being flexible we create an environment for people to do their best work. For more details here is our manifesto. That said specific points that differentiate us include:

  • Opportunities for development and progression as we scale.
  • Family friendly environment; many of the team have small children and we look to accommodate that as best we can.
  • People tend to stay with the company for a long time, we take this as a sign that we have a cohesive, supportive culture, that we have engaging challenging work and that people can develop their skills and careers here for the long term.

Element does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, colour, religion, age, national origin, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other reason prohibited by law in provision of employment opportunities and benefits.

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Fully flexible hours

Dog friendly