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Half in Ten Anti-Poverty Campaign Internship

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The Half in Ten campaign aims to reduce poverty by 50 percent in the next 10 years. The Center for American Progress Action Fund, the Coalition on Human Needs, and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights have teamed up in this multiyear effort to update the public’s perception of poverty and change the course of federal, state, and local governing by encouraging policies that promote decent work, provide opportunity for all, ensure economic security, and help Americans build wealth.

The Half in Ten interns work with the campaign manager, the three convening organizations, and additional allies to drive the campaign forward.

Interns learn many of the basic skills it takes to be a policy professional at a progressive nonprofit from a front-row seat. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Help plan a series of events to bring policymakers, policy experts, grassroots community members, service providers, and grassroots leaders together around anti-poverty goals and in order to advance specific policies.
  • Develop a strategy to engage student groups and young professionals in the Half in Ten campaign.
  • Assemble the Half in Ten monthly newsletter that is sent to thousands of activists and supporters across the country.
  • Support the campaign in its new media and web strategy, including producing content for the Half in Ten website and growing the campaign’s presence on Twitter and Facebook.
  • Conduct research on anti-poverty policies, including producing fact sheets for Half in Ten advocacy efforts.

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