Education, K-12 Internship

  • Position classification: Internship

Summary

The K-12 Education Policy interns serve as fully engaged members of the K-12 Education Policy team and are vital to its work. Interns will have the opportunity to delve into a variety of projects and gain valuable knowledge and understanding of key issues facing the nation. Though not limited to this list, the K-12 Education Policy team’s work is likely to encompass the following: standards and assessments, accountability and school improvement, innovation in education, and modernizing and elevating the teaching profession.

K-12 Education Policy interns learn many of the basic skills it takes to become a public policy professional in a progressive nonprofit from a front-row seat. They are involved in all core activities of the team and are assigned long- and short-term projects to help integrate them into the work. Interns may engage in research, writing, project support, and preparatory work for policy events. Interns on the K-12 Education Policy team are also encouraged to take full advantage of the many events at American Progress, as well as events, briefings, and hearings that take place on the Hill and throughout Washington, D.C.

Other duties may include conducting targeted research and reporting on policy meetings, seminars, hearings, and lectures. 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, op-ed or blog for the website.

Applicants should have strong research, writing, and organizational skills and should pay careful attention to detail.

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.