Immigration Policy Internship

  • Department: Immigration
  • Position classification: Internship


American Progress’ Immigration Policy team provides leadership on research, advocacy, policy, and communications in all aspects of immigration and refugee policy in the United States. The team crafts and supports positive immigration policies and refutes negative and biased anti-immigrant sentiment and policy. The Immigration Policy team works closely with a broad coalition of advocacy organizations, as well as congressional and government offices, to promote real solutions to the nation’s immigration challenges.

Interns will learn many of the basic skills needed to be a policy professional at a progressive nonprofit. Interns are intimately involved in the day-to-day operations of the Immigration Policy team. They will provide research support on a variety of issues related to immigration in the United States, help craft messaging and advocacy positions for American Progress, track important stories about the issue, and assist with events and organizational tasks.

Candidates must possess excellent oral and written communications skills and knowledge of basic research methods. Successful candidates will have an interest in helping to promote positive immigration policies and bettering the lives of all Americans, immigrant and citizen alike. Intimate knowledge of the field is not explicitly necessary, but some familiarity with immigration policy or advocacy is a plus.

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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