Early Childhood Policy Internship

  • Position classification: Internship


Early Childhood Policy interns serve as fully engaged members of the Early Childhood Policy team and are vital to the work that they do. Interns will have the opportunity to delve into a variety of projects and gain valuable knowledge and understanding of key issues facing the nation. The Early Childhood Policy team works at the federal, state, and local levels. Though not limited to this list, the team also focuses on the following issues: home visiting, access to affordable and high-quality child care, universal preschool, and supporting the early childhood workforce.

Early Childhood 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 day-to-day activities to help integrate them into the work. Typical responsibilities include:

  • Contributing to memos, blog posts, columns, event summaries, and reports
  • Carrying out web-based research on issue areas
  • Compiling and manipulating data in Excel
  • Rapid-response communications
  • Updating fact sheets, talking points, and documents on topics of current pertinence
  • Enhancing the team’s social media presence

Interns are encouraged to write on a 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 post for the website. Interns on the Early Childhood 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.

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.