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Energy Opportunity Internship

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Interns working with American Progress’ Energy Opportunity team have the opportunity to perform extensive research and substantive work contributing to the team’s mission and ongoing projects in clean energy and climate policy.

The Energy Opportunity team at American Progress has been a leader in shifting debate about climate and energy policy from a primarily environmental issue toward a more comprehensive discussion about the nation’s clean energy economy and sustainable economic growth. Within this framework, interns develop the skills and experience to contribute effectively to the national climate and energy conversation in several key issue areas.

Interns are involved in all core activities of the team and are assigned day-to-day activities to help integrate them into the work. Typical responsibilities for Energy Opportunity interns include:

  • Writing memos, blog posts, columns, event summaries, and reports
  • Carrying out web-based research on issue areas
  • Compiling and manipulating data in Excel
  • Rapid-response communications projects
  • Updating fact sheets, talking points, and documents on topics of current pertinence
  • Enhancing the team’s social media presence
  • Assisting in preparation for events and large meetings

Throughout the course of the internship, each intern may take on a larger research project in addition to several smaller ones, working closely with one or more of the team’s senior fellows and policy experts.

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