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American Progress Internship Program


We are currently accepting applications for winter and spring 2015. Applications will be accepted until all slots are filled. Summer applications may be sent in after January 1, 2015.

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Current Internship Openings

Communications Internship

American Progress’s Communications team works to pursue progressive change by connecting American Progress’s experts, ideas, events, and publications with the media and the public. The team works to develop and execute comprehensive and innovative communications strategies to get American Progress’s policy priorities the attention they deserve.

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Development/Strategic Planning Internship

The Development department at American Progress works to ensure the long-term stability of the organization. The Development team maintains relationships with members of the progressive philanthropic community; coordinates the work of American Progress’s various departments with the organization’s long-term goals; and furthers American Progress’s mission through communication, coordination, and financial outreach. Responsibilities for Development interns may include managing American Progress’s donor database, staying updated on the activities of the organization’s various policy teams, researching activities of the progressive philanthropic community and infrastructure, researching and learning about potential donors, assisting with events and fundraisers, and other duties as assigned.

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Domestic Policy Internship

The Domestic Policy team focuses on five key policy areas: education, health care, immigration, poverty, and women’s health and rights. In pursuing significant change in these areas, team members regularly produce policy proposals, host panel discussions to further public discourse, and work to build relationships with other organizations working in their area of concentration. Team members also work with our Communications and External Affairs teams to bring attention to their work from both the media and Congress.

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Economic Policy Internship

Economic Policy interns serve as fully engaged members of our team and are vital to the work that we do. Our interns will have the opportunity to delve into a variety of projects and gain valuable knowledge and understanding of key issues facing the nation. Though not limited to this list, the Economic Policy team’s work is likely to encompass the following: labor markets, retirement security, higher education, housing, budget and tax policy, international economic policy and trade, economic mobility, and the general state and future of the economy.

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Energy Opportunity Internship

Interns working with American Progress’s Energy Opportunity team have the opportunity to perform extensive research and substantive work contributing to the team’s mission and ongoing projects in clean energy and climate policy.

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Enough Project Internship

As an Enough Project intern, you will become part of a dynamic organization that has provoked real change in the fight against mass atrocities. You will work alongside a team of driven individuals and gain practical skills and international human rights experience. Interns may help develop a campaign, attend a congressional hearing, assist in social media messaging, edit a policy report, or write for the Enough Said blog, all while helping to end genocide and crimes against humanity.

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Ethnic Media Internship

American Progress is committed to taking its message to diverse communities. To that end, targeted and comprehensive communications work is done to reach communities of color. The Ethnic Media team works closely with American Progress’s policy and events teams and maintains working relationships with national ethnic media outlets, including Spanish-language media.

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Executive Internship

The Executive Office of the Center for American Progress is responsible for directing and overseeing all policy developments and educational and communication outreach at the Center. Working in the Executive Office will afford interns the opportunity to acquire a comprehensive understanding of the Center. Exposure to all aspects of CAP—educational efforts, policy initiatives, and administrative organization—will provide interns with unique insight into the workings of a fast-paced, nonpartisan public policy research institution dedicated to finding progressive and pragmatic solutions to significant domestic and international problems.

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External Affairs Internship

External Affairs amplifies American Progress’ policy voice by forging relationships with progressive groups, think tanks, scholars, community leaders, and elected officials at the federal, state, and local levels. The department raises awareness of the organization and its work, while connecting staff with progressive allies.

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Faith and Progressive Policy Internship

The Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative of the Center for American Progress works to identify and articulate the moral-ethical and spiritual values underpinning policy issues, ranging from economic inequality to reproductive and sexual justice to immigration, among others. The Initiative helps to shape a progressive stance in which these values are clear, and increase public awareness and understanding of these values. Faith and Progressive Policy also works to safeguard the healthy separation of church and state that has allowed religion in our country to flourish.

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Generation Progress Internship

Welcome to the coolest internship experience. Ever. Besides getting substantive work experience, Generation Progress interns get a stipend, access to special events like film screenings and conferences, and the opportunity to use words like “substantive” on a daily basis.

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Half in Ten Anti-Poverty Campaign Internship

The Half in Ten campaign aims to reduce poverty by 50 percent in the next 10 years by bringing together three organizations with the experience, knowledge, and resources to make that goal a reality: The Center for American Progress Action Fund, the Coalition on Human Needs, and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights have teamed up in this multi-year effort to update the public’s perception of poverty and change the course of federal, state, and local governing by encouraging policies that promote decent work, provide opportunity for all, ensure economic security, and help Americans build wealth over their lifetimes.

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Immigration Policy Internship

The American Progress Immigration Policy team provides leadership on research, advocacy, policy, and communications in all aspects of immigration and immigration policy in the United States. The team works to craft and support positive immigration reforms, including comprehensive immigration reform and the DREAM Act, and refute negative and biased anti-immigrant sentiment and policy. We work closely with a broad coalition of advocacy organizations as well as congressional and government offices to promote real solutions to our nation’s immigration challenges.

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Legal Progress Internship

Legal Progress is the legal policy program at the Center for American Progress. No matter the issue—health care, immigration, marriage equality, offshore oil drilling, privacy, or ethics—the judiciary will continue to play an increasingly important role in the lives of hardworking Americans, as well as in the success of the progressive legislative agenda. Through legal and policy analysis, communications and public education, and convening key stakeholders, Legal Progress is helping to push the American legal system in a more progressive direction and educate the public about the effect the courts have on the issues they care about most.

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LGBT Issues Internship

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, research and communications interns will serve as fully engaged members of the LGBT team at American Progress. Our interns will have the opportunity to delve into a variety of policy and research projects and gain valuable knowledge and understanding of key LGBT issues facing the nation. The main focuses of our strategic work include ending discrimination against LGBT workers, achieving relationship recognition rights, increasing LGBT people’s access to health care, and advocating for anti-LGBT bullying initiatives across the country.

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National Security Internship

The National Security department seeks to advance a strong progressive vision for U.S. foreign policy. Typical responsibilities for National Security interns may include writing memos, columns, event summaries, and reports; carrying out web-based research on issue areas; compiling data; updating documents on topics of current pertinence; assisting in administrative projects; and preparing for events and large meetings.

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Race Policy/Progress 2050 Internship

Progress 2050 is a project of the Center for American Progress that provides analysis on the intersection of policy and race and examines the implications of the demographic shift happening across our nation. Our work uses current and future U.S. demographic trends as a foundation for progressive policies that advance equity.

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Research Team Internship

The American Progress research team works on both rapid-response and long-term research and communications projects. The team’s core products are The Progress Report and The Progress Report, American Progress’s signature product, is a daily newsletter reaching over 90,000 subscribers with a progressive analysis of the news.

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Technical Support Internship

Are you the person your friends and family run to when their computer has issues? We have dozens of Macs and hundreds of PCs as well as our share of gremlins, so we can give you hands-on experience using professional-grade tools and techniques to fix the problems that arise while running a think tank that employs more than 200 people.

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ThinkProgress Internship

ThinkProgress is one of the web’s top progressive blogs, presenting original and continual research on the day’s hottest news. Interns assigned to assist the Research team will be asked to do extensive researching, writing, editing, fact checking, monitoring of news stories, blogging on, and other tasks as assigned.

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ThinkProgress War Room Internship

The American Progress Research team works on both rapid-response and long-term research and communications projects. The team’s core products are The Progress Report and The Progress Report, American Progress’s signature product, is a daily newsletter reaching more than 90,000 subscribers with a progressive analysis of the news.

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Video Internship

Do you want to film people such as former President Bill Clinton, Oscar nominee Ryan Gosling, and President Barack Obama? Get hands-on experience working with cutting-edge HD and DV cameras? Have the freedom to flourish in Final Cut Pro? American Progress is looking for an intern to join our video team as we expand the organization’s visual media offerings.

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Web Producer Internship

As an intern on the Web Technology team, you will learn how journalistic content is managed and produced in a leading think tank and assist in the production and distribution of policy work on a broad range of issues. Interns will learn how to effectively provide solutions to assigned projects and improve quality control of both utilities and content; deal effectively with a variety of situations and find appropriate solutions in a rapid-response environment; acquire experience and essential training for developing new and innovative ideas; and gain hands-on training in web and journalism best practices.

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Web Technology Developer Internship

Have you created your own mash-up or hosted your own blog? American Progress supports dozens of websites and blogs; you can help us add features, launch new projects, and get involved in creating online campaigns.

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Women’s Health and Rights Internship

The Women’s Health and Rights Program, or WHRP, helps reframe the domestic debate on reproductive rights to better address fundamental issues of women’s health care and rights; develops innovative policy approaches to these issues; and integrates these critical issues into the broader progressive agenda and community. Primary internship responsibilities include researching issues surrounding women’s health, including legislation and state health care policy, reproductive health care policy, Supreme Court rulings, and access to and disparities in health care.

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Applying for an internship

Eligibility: All high school, undergraduate, and masters level, Ph.D., and J.D. students are eligible to apply. People are also eligible if they are a veteran or a recent college graduate within six months of graduation.

All summer interns work full time and a minimum of 8 weeks, although 10 weeks is preferred. During the fall, winter, and spring, we accept part-time students, but interns must be able to commit to a minimum of 20 hours per week. International students must be able to provide documentation that shows they are allowed to work in the United States.

Application process: In order to be considered for an internship with American Progress, please submit the following:

  1. Internship application (links below)
  2. Cover letter and resume
  3. Writing sample of approximately three pages
  4. College or university transcript
  5. Recommendation letter(s) (optional)

Please note that only those individuals whose qualifications match the current needs of the organization will be considered applicants and receive responses from American Progress.

Internship application (PDF)

Internship application (RTF)

Recommended deadlines:
Spring 2015: November 3, 2014 (deadline extended)
Summer 2015: February 15, 2014
Fall 2015: July 1, 2015

Summer: June–August
Fall: September–December
Winter: January–March
Spring: January–May
Starting dates are flexible.

Email your application packet to You will receive a confirmation email when your internship packet is received.

Before emailing your materials please put your name and the term for which you are applying in the subject line. Ex.: John Doe—Summer 2013.

No phone calls, please.

American Progress operates two separate nonprofit organizations to maximize our progressive agenda: the Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fund. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “American Progress.” The Center for American Progress is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) tax-exempt research and educational institute. It undertakes research, public education, and a limited amount of lobbying. The Center for American Progress Action Fund is a nonpartisan 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization dedicated to achieving progress through action. It works to transform progressive ideas into policy through rapid response communications, legislative action, grassroots organizing, political advocacy, and partnerships with other progressive leaders. The organizations share office space and employees.

American Progress is an equal opportunity employer; women, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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