Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative Internship

  • Department: Religion and Values
  • Position classification: Internship


The Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative at American Progress works to identify and articulate the moral, ethical, and spiritual values underpinning a range of policy issues, such as economic inequality, reproductive and sexual justice, and immigration, among others. The initiative aims to shape a progressive stance in which these values are made clear and to help increase public awareness and understanding.

The Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative also works to safeguard the healthy separation of church and state that has allowed religion to flourish in the United States; promote a society and government that strengthens the common good and respects the basic dignity of all people; and inform American Progress’ efforts to promote a strong, just, and free America that ensures opportunity for all. The initiative hosts events and convenings; writes policy pieces and analyses for the website; conducts research; and works with American Progress’ policy experts to examine the moral and ethical issues at stake in progressive policies.

The Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative is looking for interns with excellent research and writing skills, as well as energy and commitment to progressive values. Interns will learn many of the basic skills needed to be a policy professional at a progressive nonprofit.

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.

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