Gun Violence Prevention Internship

  • Department: Gun Violence Prevention
  • Position classification: Internship


More than 95 people die from gun violence in the United States each day, and hundreds more are injured with a firearm. American Progress’ Gun Violence Prevention team advocates for commonsense gun violence prevention policies to reduce the number of deaths and nonfatal firearm injuries through research and advocacy efforts.

Interns will learn many of the basic skills needed to work on a research and advocacy team at a nonprofit organization. They will assist the team with various research projects as well as coalition building and advocacy work. Intern duties may include conducting targeted research and reporting on policy meetings, seminars, hearings, and lectures that take place throughout Washington, D.C. Whenever possible, the Gun Violence Prevention intern is encouraged to write about the team’s policy priorities as a contributor to a larger piece.

Applicants should be detail oriented, with strong research, writing, and organizational skills.

American Progress interns are paid at the D.C. minimum wage rate. As of July 2019, that rate is $14 per hour. Effective July 1, 2020, the D.C. minimum wage will rise to $15 per hour. American Progress also offers interns metro benefits.

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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