Interns on the Web Technology team learn how journalistic content is managed and produced at a leading think tank and assist in the production and distribution of policy work on a broad range of issues. Interns learn how to effectively provide solutions to assigned projects and improve quality control of both utilities and content; deal effectively with a variety of situations and find appropriate solutions in a rapid-response environment; acquire experience and essential training for developing new and innovative ideas; and gain hands-on training in web and journalism best practices.
Interns learn many of the basic skills it takes to develop websites that enhance the policy work of a progressive nonprofit from a front-row seat. While technical skills and web experience are a plus, they are not required. This internship will provide a basic grounding in HTML and CSS with the opportunity for greater challenges with commensurate experience.
- Execute campaigns calling for action on current issues using Democracy in Action/Salsa and social media tools.
- Coordinate with the Editorial team to create, edit, and arrange multimedia in policy pieces and support the production and deployment of applications, interactives, and visuals.
- Apply and enforce content standards that define the character of the American Progress websites.
- Assist with diagnosis and analysis of technical problems and implementation of solutions.
- Collaborate with the Email, Social Media, and Events teams to launch new products and create effective online communications strategies.
- Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills.
- Keen attention to detail in oral and written work.
- Highly organized with excellent analytical and problem-solving skills and effective time management.
- Ability to multitask and work effectively in a rapid-response team environment.
- Familiarity with web technologies; experience with WordPress, HTML5, and/or CSS3 a plus.
- Experience with Salesforce, Democracy in Action/Salsa, and/or Eloqua a plus.
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 www.americanprogress.org. For more information on the Center for American Progress Action Fund, please go to www.americanprogressaction.org.