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External Affairs Internship

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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.

We are looking for students with interest in the following areas:

Government Affairs and Coalition Relations. The government affairs team advances CAP’s policies at the federal, state, and local levels. In addition to working with elected leaders and their staff, CAP strives to partner with other organizations advocating for progressive goals and priorities. Interns are needed for projects such as short web-based research assignments, contact management, tracking legislation, and staffing Hill briefings and events. Ideal candidates will have strong research and writing skills,as well as an interest in legislative processes.

Online Advocacy. The online advocacy team turns Action Fund policies and ideas into campaigns that enable constituents to reach out to government officials, corporations, and policymakers to influence the public debate. This team needs assistance with the creation and maintenance of communities of progressive activists using social networking websites. The intern will also assist in the research, development, and execution of email and web-based advocacy campaigns and outreach efforts. Ideal candidates will have a strong interest in the development of grassroots and netroots activism.

Constituent Relationship Management, Outreach Technologies, and Email Marketing.
 The CRM and strategic outreach team manages the development of CAP’s CRM system and related technologies. This team also handles much of CAP’s email marketing and dissemination. This team needs assistance with the email marketing portfolio, maintaining the Center’s contact database, and researching trends and best practices that can improve CAP’s outreach capabilities. Ideal candidates will have technical experience with CRM and email.

Every internship includes an important core of administrative work, including database management, report distribution, and general office support. Other duties include conducting targeted research and reporting on policy meetings, seminars, hearings, and lectures. Whenever possible, interns are encouraged to write on the subject of their choice either as a contributor to a larger final piece or as an individual author of a column for our website.

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.

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