Upturn advances equity and justice in the design, governance, and use of technology. We do research and advocacy to challenge systems of policing and incarceration, and to expand access to housing, jobs, and credit. We drive policy change through rigorous research, legal and policy advocacy, and timely collaborations that confront civil rights challenges and hold companies and governments accountable.

We work in partnership with a strong and growing network of partners, including civil rights and public interest organizations, litigators, and academic researchers. Some of our recent work includes:

  • Exposing the widespread power of US law enforcement to search mobile phones;
  • Pressuring Facebook to address discrimination in online ads for housing, credit, and employment;
  • Exploring how predictive hiring algorithms can perpetuate bias;
  • Advising legal aid groups challenging technologies used in public benefits determinations;
  • Convincing influential policy actors to oppose the use of automated risk assessment tools in the movement to end cash bail;
  • Advocating for new state and local laws that limit access to and use of criminal and eviction records for screening rental housing applicants; and
  • Guiding Airbnb’s initiative to collect and use race data to measure and combat discrimination.
We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Washington, DC.

This summer fellowship is ideal for someone who is excited about timely, interdisciplinary research on a range of topics related to technology, policy, and equity.

You will:
  • Research and write policy memos, in collaboration with other members of the team;
  • Help prepare public reports, op-eds, blog posts, and our weekly newsletter;
  • Track and analyze current policy developments across all of our priority issues; and
  • Attend internal and external meetings, workshops, and other events.
You will join a small and growing organization that is collaborative, energetic, and fun. We’re building a diverse and inclusive team that combines a wide range of skills, experiences, and perspectives. We will actively support your professional development in the field.
  • We provide those without external funding (e.g., through an academic program) with a stipend of $850 per week ($8,500 for a 10-week fellowship). External funding is not a factor in our selection process, and individuals without such funding are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • We work with our fellows to ensure they have everything they need to work remotely, including workplace technologies and other supplies. We provide fellows an additional daily lunch stipend.
  • We will invest in your professional growth through training, feedback, and support.
  • We are actively committed to building an inclusive, flexible, and welcoming workplace. We care about cultivating an accommodating work culture and staff-centered policies.
  • Our team is consensus-driven and highly collaborative. We have a transparent culture and everyone can play a direct part in shaping Upturn’s strategic direction.


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Minimum qualifications

We welcome applicants from a broad range of backgrounds, especially those with lived experience with our areas of work. We’re looking for someone who is:
  • Committed to advancing racial and economic justice;
  • A clear written and verbal communicator;
  • An organized, detail-oriented, and instinctively curious researcher;
  • Eager to research and explain the nuts and bolts of technology;
  • Dedicated to building collaborative relationships across communities, especially in communities of color; and
  • Passionate about understanding the growing impact of technology on people's lives.
We strongly encourage people of color, women, LGBTQ+ applicants, and people with disabilities to apply.