Disability Justice Initiative Internship

  • Department: Poverty
  • Position classification: Internship


The Disability Justice Initiative (DJI) focuses on developing disability policy goals and finding solutions to promote the application of principles of disability justice—including but not limited to cross-movement organizing, interdependence, collective liberation, and cross-disability solidarity—across American Progress’ work. The work is both proactive and defensive and includes seeking opportunities to advance good policy; making progressive gains where possible; and attempting to prevent rollbacks of positive policies when necessary. The DJI is committed to centering the voices and communities most affected by disability policy. DJI interns are integral members of the team and will be given the opportunity to explore disability policy through research, advocacy, and communications.

Interns are encouraged to attend the many events at American Progress, as well as events, briefings, disability conferences, 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. Whenever possible, interns are encouraged to write on a subject of their choice, either as a contributor to a larger piece or as the individual author of a column for the website.

To Apply

In order to be considered for an internship with American Progress, please combine the following items into a single .doc or .pdf file; follow the appropriate application link below; upload the single file; and complete the online application. The system does not allow for multiple files. Required materials include:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Writing sample of approximately three pages

Please note that only those individuals whose qualifications match the current needs of the organization will be considered applicants and receive responses from American Progress.

Additional information

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 internship 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.