Race and Ethnicity Policy Internship

  • Department: Race and Ethnicity
  • Position classification: Internship


The Race and Ethnicity Policy team provides analysis on the intersections of race and policy and examines the implications of the demographic shifts happening across the United States. The team’s work uses current and future demographic trends as a foundation for progressive policies that will promote equity in American society.

Race and Ethnicity Policy interns will learn many of the basic skills needed to work as a policy professional at a progressive nonprofit. Primary responsibilities may include researching issues affecting communities of color; evaluating census data; tracking policy and media developments; and interacting with policy experts, both internally and externally. Race and Ethnicity Policy interns will also help plan events, research and write products, and perform other day-to-day tasks as assigned.

Candidates must possess excellent oral and written communications skills; flexibility and adaptability to a broad array of assignments and situations; the ability to work independently; and a sincere desire to learn. Some qualitative and quantitative research experience is preferred. No specific academic background is required, but the ideal intern will have a general understanding of racial and ethnic communities, U.S. history, and public affairs.

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.