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Domestic Policy Internship

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Summary

The Domestic Policy team focuses on five key policy areas: 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 the Communications and External Affairs teams to bring attention to their work from both the media and Congress.

Domestic Policy interns are typically matched with the analyst group working on an issue of particular importance and/or interest to them. Interns learn many of the basic skills it takes to become a public policy 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. Responsibilities may include: web-based research and writing in their issue area, compilation and analysis of data and data trends, and support for policy events. Interns are also encouraged to take full advantage of the many events at American Progress, as well as events, briefings, and hearings that take place on the Hill and throughout Washington, D.C.

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