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National Security Internship

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The National Security team seeks to advance a strong progressive vision for U.S. foreign policy. The National Security team works on a wide array of issues, ranging from U.S. policy toward China to assessing U.S. progress in fighting the War on Terror.

Interns learn many of the basic skills it takes to work as a policy professional at a progressive nonprofit from a front-row seat. Typical responsibilities for National Security interns include writing memos, columns, event summaries, and reports; carrying out web-based research on issue areas; compiling data; updating documents on topics of current pertinence; and assisting in preparation for events and large meetings.

Some of the department’s areas of focus are:

  • The Strategy and Doctrine program seeks to develop a new understanding of national security that goes beyond traditional approaches.
  • The Military Strategy program seeks to advance concrete solutions to current challenges facing the nation’s military, particularly on manpower questions. It also focuses on preventing the proliferation of nuclear weapons.
  • The Middle East program offers progressive alternatives for some of the most vexing national security questions.
  • The International Rights and Responsibilities program seeks to establish “responsibility” as a core progressive principle and promote a foreign policy that is committed to creating a safer and more equitable world for all.
  • The Resources for Global Growth program is committed to strengthening the competitiveness of U.S. agriculture, promoting global economic growth, and developing safe, clean, and affordable energy.
  • The Homeland Security program highlights current gaps in protecting the homeland and sets forth constructive plans to better protect the American public.
  • The Democracy Promotion program seeks to invigorate debate on two issues: how to best promote democracy in other countries and how to balance security needs with maintaining core American values.
  • The Global Progress program seeks to develop collaborative partnerships with progressives from around the globe in an effort to advance progressive solutions to global challenges.

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