We are currently accepting applications for the winter and spring. Our recommended deadline has been extended until all internship slots are filled. When all internship slots are filled, we will post an update on this page.
Current Internship Openings
CAP’s Communications team works to pursue progressive change by connecting CAP’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 CAP’s policy priorities the attention they deserve.
The Development department at the Center for 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 the Center’s various departments with the Center’s long-term goals; and furthers the Center’s mission through communication, coordination, and financial outreach. Responsibilities for Development interns may include managing the Center’s donor database, staying updated on the activities of the Center’s various policy teams, researching activities of the progressive philanthropic community and infrastructure, researching and learning about potential prospects, assisting with events and fundraisers, and other duties as assigned.
The Domestic Policy team focuses on five key policy areas including 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 Communication and External Teams to bring attention to their work from both the media and Congress.
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 this fall: 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.
Interns working with CAP’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.
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.
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 the Center’s policy and events teams and maintains working relationships with national ethnic media outlets, including Spanish language media.
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.
External Affairs amplifies the Center for 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 Center and its work, while connecting Center staff with progressive allies.
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.
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.
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.
The Center for American Progress Immigration 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 to 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.
Legal Progress, a project of the Center for American Progress, focuses on issues related to the federal judiciary, including the urgent need to confirm progressive judges, exposing the detrimental impact corporate courts have on people’s lives and their ability to achieve justice, and engaging the broader progressive movement to be more invested in judicial rulings and the Constitution.
LGBT research and communications interns will serve as fully engaged members of a dedicated team at the Center for 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 focus of our strategic work includes ending discrimination against gay and transgender workers, achieving relationship recognition rights, increasing LGBT access to healthcare, and advocating for anti-LGBT bullying initiatives across the country.
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.
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.
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 ThinkProgress.org. The Progress Report, American Progress’s signature product, is a daily newsletter reaching over 90,000 subscribers with a progressive analysis of the news.
Are you the person your friends and family run to when their Mac or PC 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 employees over 200 people.
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 ThinkProgress.org, and other tasks as assigned.
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 ThinkProgress.org. 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.
Do you want to film people like Bill Clinton, Oscar nominee Ryan Gosling and Barack Obama? Get hands-on experience working with cutting-edge HD and DV cameras? Have the freedom to flourish in Final Cut Pro? Center for American Progress is looking for an intern to join our video unit as we expand the Center’s visual media offerings in 2008.
As an intern in Web Technology, you will learn how journalistic content is managed and produced in a leading political advocacy 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.
Have you created your own mashup or hosted your own blog? CAP supports dozens of websites and blogs; you can help us add features, launch new projects, and get involved in creating online campaigns.
- Internship application (links below)
- Cover letter and resume
- Writing sample of approximately three pages (your own words, unedited)
- College or university transcript (unofficial is acceptable)
- Two to three references (please provide both the phone and email contact information, and include a professor or other individual familiar with your work)
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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 non-partisan 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 non-partisan 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.
For more information on the Center for American Progress, please go to www.americanprogress.org. For more information on the Center for American Progress Action Fund, please go to www.americanprogressaction.org.