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 focus on the following issues: standards and assessments; accountability and school improvement; innovation in education; and modernization and elevation of the teaching profession.
K-12 Education Policy interns will learn many of the basic skills needed to become a public policy professional in a progressive nonprofit. 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 responsibilities may include conducting targeted research and reporting on policy meetings, seminars, hearings, and lectures. 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 published on the website.
Applicants should have strong research, writing, and organizational skills and demonstrate careful attention to detail.
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
- 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.
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.