Application deadlines:

Spring 2019: November 29, 2018

Applying for an internship

Eligibility: All high school, undergraduate, master’s 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 for a minimum of eight weeks, although 10 weeks is preferred. During the fall and spring, part-time students are accepted, 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 combine the following items into a single .doc or .pdf file; follow the appropriate application link below; upload the single file; and complete the online application. Required materials include:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Writing sample of approximately three pages

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.

Duration:             

Summer: end of May through August

Fall: September through December

Spring: January through May

Starting dates are flexible.

No phone calls, please.

Democracy and Government Reform Internship

American Progress’ Democracy and Government Reform team focuses on advancing political reform solutions that help make government more responsive and accountable. The team works on a wide range of issues including voting rights, redistricting, money in politics, lobbying, and government ethics.

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Disability Justice Initiative Internship

The Disability Justice Initiative (DJI) focuses on developing disability policy goals and finding solutions to promote the application of principles of disability justice—including but not limited to cross-movement organizing, interdependence, collective liberation, and cross-disability solidarity—across American Progress’ work. The work is both proactive and defensive and includes seeking opportunities to advance good policy; making progressive gains where possible; and attempting to prevent rollbacks of positive policies when necessary. The DJI is committed to centering the voices and communities most affected by disability policy. DJI interns are integral members of the team and will be given the opportunity to explore disability policy through research, advocacy, and communications.

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Early Childhood Policy Internship

Early Childhood Policy interns serve as fully engaged members of the Early Childhood Policy team and are vital to its work. Interns will have the opportunity to delve into a variety of projects and gain valuable knowledge and understanding of key issues facing the nation. The Early Childhood Policy team works at the federal, state, and local levels. Though not limited to this list, the team focuses on the following issues: home visiting, access to affordable and high-quality child care, universal preschool, and the early childhood workforce.

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Economic Policy Internship

Economic Policy interns serve as fully engaged members of the Economic Policy team and are vital to its work. 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; 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 and Environment Internship, Energy and Climate Policy

American Progress is a leader in addressing climate change, energy production, and the conservation crisis by driving research, messaging, and policy to defend and advance progressive policies that protect our air, land, and water.

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Energy and Environment Internship, Public Lands and Ocean Policy

American Progress is a leader in addressing climate change, energy production, and the conservation crisis by driving research, messaging, and policy to defend and advance progressive policies that protect our air, land, and water.

Interns working with American Progress’ Energy and Environment team will have the opportunity to complete substantive work across the team’s four main focuses: international climate policy, domestic energy policy, oceans policy, and public lands policy. Within this framework, interns will develop skills and experiences to contribute effectively to the national conversation on climate change, clean energy, natural resources management, conservation, and climate adaptation and resilience.

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Ethnic Media Internship

American Progress is committed to delivering its message to diverse communities. To that end, the Ethnic Media team aims to reach communities of color though targeted and comprehensive communications work. The Ethnic Media team, part of American Progress’ Press team, works closely with American Progress’ policy and events teams and maintains working relationships with national ethnic media outlets—including Spanish-language, African American, and Asian American and Pacific Islander media—and international media organizations.

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External Affairs Internship

The External Affairs team amplifies American Progress’ voice in the policy sphere by forging relationships with progressive groups, think tanks, scholars, community leaders, and elected officials at the federal, state, and local levels. The team raises awareness of American Progress and its work, as well as connects staff with progressive allies.

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Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative Internship

The Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative at American Progress works to identify and articulate the moral, ethical, and spiritual values underpinning a range of policy issues, such as economic inequality, reproductive and sexual justice, and immigration, among others. The initiative aims to shape a progressive stance in which these values are made clear and to help increase public awareness and understanding.

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Generation Progress Internship

Interns with Generation Progress will have the opportunity to expand their organizing and communications skills across all issues important to young people in the progressive movement. Internship responsibilities include creating website content; helping to organize events and rallies; drafting and pitching op-eds; drafting blog posts and other written products; creating flyers and shareables; and tracking media for the team.

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Gun Violence Prevention Internship

The Gun Violence Prevention team focuses on preventing gun violence and other issues related to crime in the United States. More than 33,000 Americans die each year as a result of firearm injuries, and American Progress advocates for commonsense gun violence prevention policies to reduce the number of deaths and nonfatal firearm injuries that result from weak firearm regulations and laws.

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Health Policy Internship

Health Policy interns serve as fully engaged members of the Health Policy team and are vital to its work. Interns will have the opportunity to delve into a variety of projects and gain valuable knowledge and understanding of key issues within the nation’s health care system. Though not limited to this list, the Health Policy team’s work is likely to encompass the following issues: ongoing defense of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid; payment and delivery system reform; universal health coverage; and prescription drug pricing. The Health Policy team examines policies at the federal and state levels.

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Immigration Policy Internship

American Progress’ Immigration Policy team provides leadership on research, advocacy, policy, and communications in all aspects of immigration and refugee policy in the United States. The team crafts and supports positive immigration policies and refutes negative and biased anti-immigrant sentiment and policy. The Immigration Policy team works closely with a broad coalition of advocacy organizations, as well as congressional and government offices, to promote real solutions to the nation’s immigration challenges.

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K-12 Education Policy Internship

K-12 Education Policy interns serve as fully engaged members of the K-12 Education Policy team and are vital to its work. 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 K-12 Education Policy team’s work is likely to focus on the following issues: standards and assessments; accountability and school improvement; innovation in education; and modernization and elevation of the teaching profession.

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Legal Progress Internship

Legal Progress is the legal policy program at American Progress. No matter the policy issue, the judiciary will continue to play an important role in the lives of hardworking Americans, as well as in the success of a progressive legislative agenda. Through legal and policy analyses, communications and public education, and the convening of key stakeholders, Legal Progress helps push the U.S. legal system in a more progressive direction and educates the public about the courts’ impact on issues they care about most.

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LGBT Policy Internship

Interns with the LGBT Research and Communications Project at American Progress serve as fully engaged members of the team and are vital to its work. The main focuses of the team’s strategic work include ensuring equal protection under the law for LGBTQ people; combating the spread of harmful religious exemption laws and policies, particularly in health care and child welfare settings; and protecting the health and economic security of LGBTQ people, especially low-income communities, people with disabilities, transgender people, older adults, and immigrants. The LGBT team engages in advocacy at the federal, state, and local levels of government.

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National Security and International Policy Internship

The National Security and International Policy (NSIP) team seeks to advance a strong progressive vision for U.S. foreign policy. The team works on a wide array of issues—ranging from defense and national security policy, to foreign affairs and international development—and has a broad geographic scope, from China and the Koreas, to the Middle East and Turkey, to Mexico and the Americas. Major ongoing projects include a robust Middle East program; innovative work on U.S. foreign policy toward China and in Asia; development of a strong progressive vision on national defense; analysis of the cross-linkages of climate, migration, and security; and sustainable security through greater global prosperity and effective international development.

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Postsecondary Education Policy Internship

Postsecondary Education Policy interns serve as fully engaged members of the team and are vital to its work. Interns will have the opportunity to delve into a variety of projects and gain valuable knowledge and understanding of key issues facing the nation. The postsecondary education policy agenda of American Progress is based on the belief that high-quality and affordable education beyond high school will ensure economic mobility and stability and advance national competitiveness. However, in order for the promise of postsecondary education to pay off, Americans from all backgrounds must be able to access, afford, and complete high-quality credentials. The Postsecondary Education Policy team’s work focuses on improving the postsecondary system by focusing on equity, accountability, quality, and data to make the case for change.

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Poverty to Prosperity Internship

The Poverty to Prosperity Program is dedicated to the notion that this country can dramatically reduce poverty and increase economic mobility. The team aims to shift the public’s perception of poverty and encourage policies that will create good jobs, strengthen families, and ensure economic security. The Poverty to Prosperity Program also works to lift up the voices of low-income individuals. Poverty to Prosperity interns are integral members of the team and will be given the opportunity to explore anti-poverty policy through research, advocacy, and communications. Interns also play a large role in supporting the team’s blog and podcast, both found at TalkPoverty.org.

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Press Internship

The Press team pursues progressive change by connecting American Progress’ 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’ policy priorities the attention they deserve.

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Race and Ethnicity Policy Internship

The Race and Ethnicity Policy team provides analysis on the intersections of race and policy and examines the implications of the demographic shifts happening across the United States. The team’s work uses current and future demographic trends as a foundation for progressive policies that will promote equity in American society.

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Video Internship

Are you a budding filmmaker with a passion for social justice and progressive issues? The Video team is looking for an intern to help expand American Progress’ visual media offerings.

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War Room Internship

American Progress’ War Room team works to transform progressive ideas into policy through rapid-response communications, legislative action, grassroots organizing, political advocacy, and partnerships with other progressive leaders.

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Women’s Initiative Internship

The Women’s Initiative is a comprehensive effort to marshal American Progress’ broad expertise and promote public policies that enable women to participate fully in the nation’s economy and society. Women in the United States have made enormous progress over the past 50 years, but workplaces and national policies have yet to adapt to our changing society.

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 Additional information

American Progress operates two separate nonprofit organizations to maximize the progressive agenda: the Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fund. These internship postings refer 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 internships are awarded on an equal opportunity basis; 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.