National Security and International Policy Internship

  • Position classification: Internship


The National Security and International Policy 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; articulating a strong progressive vision on national defense; the cross-linkages of climate, migration, and security; and building sustainable security through greater global prosperity and effective international development.

Interns working with American Progress’ National Security and International Policy team have the opportunity to perform extensive research and make substantive contributions to the team’s mission and ongoing projects in progressive national security, foreign affairs, and global development.

Interns develop the skills and experience needed to contribute effectively to the national security and foreign policy conversation in several key issue areas. Interns are involved in all core activities of the team, learn many of the basic skills it takes to work as a policy professional, and are assigned day-to-day activities to help integrate them into the team’s work.

Candidates must possess excellent oral and written communications skills and knowledge of basic research methods. Successful candidates will have an interest in helping to promote progressive national security and foreign policy and familiarity with the team’s recent work. Candidates with language skills and/or regional expertise are encouraged to apply.

Typical responsibilities for National Security and International Policy interns include but are not limited to:

  • Research on specific issues
  • Drafting and editing memos, columns, event summaries, and reports
  • Assisting in preparation for events and large meetings
  • Attending and reporting on policy meetings, seminars, hearings, and lectures

Whenever possible, interns are encouraged to write on a subject of their choice related to the National Security and International Policy team’s work, either as a contributor to a larger final project or as an author of a shorter column or piece. While interns are not required to have background in a particular region, those interested in the Middle East or Asia should highlight the skills/interests listed below.

For those interested in our Middle East team, we are looking for:

  • Demonstrated interest/background in politics and/or security issues in the Middle East
  • Strong Arabic and/or Farsi skills (a plus but not necessary)

For those interested in our Asia team, we are looking for:

  • Demonstrated interest in geopolitical issues in Asia
  • For those interested in China work, high Mandarin Chinese proficiency—in your cover letter, please indicate Chinese proficiency and elaborate on experience conducting research using Chinese language sources

To Apply

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. The system does not allow for multiple files. 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.

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. This internship 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.

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