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Race Policy/Progress 2050 Internship

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Progress 2050 is a project of the Center for American Progress that provides analysis on the intersection of policy and race and examines the implications of the demographic shift happening across the nation. The team’s work uses current and future U.S. demographic trends as a foundation for progressive policies that advance equity.

Interns learn many of the basic skills it takes to work as a policy professional at a progressive nonprofit from a front-row seat. Primary responsibilities may include doing research on issues affecting communities of color, census data evaluation, media tracking, and interacting with other experts internally and externally. In addition, interns may help plan events, conduct independent research and writing, and perform other day-to-day tasks as assigned.

Candidates must possess a desire to learn, excellent oral and written communications skills, and be flexible and adaptable to a broad array of assignments and situations. Some qualitative research experience preferred. No specific academic background is required, but the ideal intern has a general understanding of racial and ethnic communities, U.S. history, and public affairs.

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