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Development/Strategic Planning Internship

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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’ various departments with the organization’s long-term goals; and furthers American Progress’ mission through communication, coordination, and financial outreach.

Development interns learn many of the basic skills it takes to become a development professional in a progressive nonprofit from a front-row seat. They are involved in all core activities of the team and are assigned day-to-day activities to help integrate them into the work. These may include managing  American Progress’ 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.

The work of the Development team requires constant communication with all departments, and interns will be exposed to people and work being done across American Progress. Interns may also have the opportunity to write for various purposes and are encouraged to be open about their specific interests. Due to the small size of the department, interns work closely with staff and can help shape various projects.

Other duties may 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 the website.

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. 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 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 For more information on the Center for American Progress Action Fund, please go to