Democracy and Government Reform Internship

  • Department: Democracy and Government
  • Position classification: Internship


American Progress’ Democracy and Government Reform team focuses on advancing policy reforms and solutions that help make government more responsive and accountable. The team works on a wide range of issues including voting rights, redistricting, money in politics, lobbying, and government ethics. Democracy and Government Reform includes Legal Progress, the judiciary policy program at American Progress. No matter the policy issue, the judiciary will continue to play an important role in the lives of hardworking Americans, as well as in the success of a progressive legislative agenda. Through legal and policy analyses, communications, and public education, Legal Progress helps push the U.S. legal system in a more progressive direction and educates the public about the courts’ impact on issues they care about most.

Interns will learn many of the basic skills needed to become a public policy professional for a progressive nonprofit. They will assist the Democracy and Government Reform team across a variety of projects that involve coalition building, advocacy work, and research. They will also have an opportunity to work with policymakers, legal experts, and allied organizations to help promote a progressive judiciary. Interns are encouraged to attend the many events at American Progress, as well as events, briefings, and hearings that take place on Capitol Hill and throughout Washington, D.C. Whenever possible, interns are encouraged to write about the team’s policy priorities, either as a contributor to a larger piece or as the individual author of a column for the website.

The team is considering candidates with undergraduate, graduate, and law school experience. Each intern’s role is tailored to their experience and will further their professional development. Applicants should have strong research, writing, and organizational skills and demonstrate careful attention to detail.

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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