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Legal Progress Internship

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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.

Legal Progress relies on interns with both undergraduate and law school experience. While both types of interns get hands-on experience with the program’s campaigns and policy work, each serves in a capacity that is tailored to their experience and will further their professional development. Participants will have an opportunity to work with policymakers, legal experts, and allied organizations to help promote a progressive judiciary. Law school interns typically focus on legal research, contributing to the published reports that Legal Progress produces and participating in the program’s legal policy role at CAP. Undergraduate interns contribute to the operations of the federal court and fair courts campaigns, become familiar with contemporary legal issues, and are immersed American Progress’ outstanding undergraduate internship program.

Since Legal Progress began three years ago, it has dramatically increased the national and state coverage of the federal judicial vacancy crisis, the corporate influence on the judiciary, and the difference between a conservative and progressive judicial philosophy. There has been a significant increase in the number of federal judges confirmed to the bench—even in the face of unprecedented obstruction by some members of the U.S. Senate—and Legal Progress has catalyzed the progressive community and elected officials to begin speaking about judges, courts, and the law in a coherent and consistent manner.

Legal Progress is also conducting a long-term grassroots campaign to integrate the importance of the courts into the work of progressive communities in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, North Carolina, and Texas.

Legal Progress encourages self-motivated and hardworking law students, undergraduates, and recent grads of both levels to join the team as interns.

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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