Social Media Internship

  • Department: Communications
  • Position classification: Internship


American Progress’ Communications team—of which social media is an integral part—pursues progressive change by connecting the organization’s experts, ideas, events, and publications with the media and the public. The team works to develop and execute comprehensive and innovative communications strategies to get American Progress’ policy priorities the attention they deserve.

The social media intern will learn many of the basic skills needed to become a social media professional at a progressive nonprofit. The social media intern will work under the Social Media Director and Social Media Assistant to write and edit content for all platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The social media intern will learn to use American Progress’ social media platforms to drive progressive conversations, inform and educate the public on progressive issues, and grow the organization’s online audience. The ideal candidate will have a knack for digesting complex policy and crafting easily digestible copy for social sharing. Social media experience, strong news sensibilities, familiarity with digital tools, and attention to detail are a must.

Responsibilities will include closely monitoring the news and American Progress products to identify social media opportunities; drafting and editing social media posts for all platforms, with an emphasis on Instagram; and posting social media content, reporting back on results, and identifying opportunities for improvement.

The ideal candidate will have a solid understanding of progressive values and politics and how they intersect with the news; an active social media presence; a strong understanding of how brands use Instagram Stories; strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills; and sound editorial and ethical judgment.

In addition to other required materials, please submit a brief bio describing yourself in 280 characters or less. Please also pick a recent American Progress report and describe how you would package the report for Facebook and Twitter. The writing sample of approximately three pages is not needed for this position.

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.

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