Energy and Environment Internships

  • Department: Energy and Environment
  • Position classification: Internship


American Progress is a leader in addressing climate change, energy production, and the conservation crisis by driving research, messaging, and policy to defend and advance progressive policies that protect our air, land, and water.

Interns working with American Progress’ Energy and Environment team will have the opportunity to complete substantive research, policy, and communications work across the team’s four main policy focus areas: domestic climate and energy; international climate and energy; oceans; and public lands. Within this framework, interns will develop skills and experience to contribute effectively to the national conversation on climate change, clean energy, natural resources management, conservation, and climate adaptation and resilience.

Candidates who apply for the Energy and Environment internships will work closely with a combination of one or more of the following subteams: the Energy and Environment War Room, the Domestic Climate and Energy Policy subteam, the Ocean Policy subteam; or the Public Lands subteam.

Energy and Environment War Room: This rapid-response unit within the broader Energy and Environment team works quickly to frame the narrative around breaking attacks on the nation’s bedrock environmental laws and policies through research, communications, and campaign-style work. The Energy and Environment War Room also runs the team’s story bank, where they work to connect with and amplify the stories of Americans who have been affected by climate change or the Trump administration’s anti-environmental agenda.

Domestic Climate and Energy Policy: The Domestic Climate and Energy Policy subteam develops reports, data, and messaging to defend the progress made on mitigating and adapting to climate change; promotes policies to expand clean energy and improve air and water quality; and develops equitable climate preparedness and resilience policies.

Ocean Policy: The Ocean Policy subteam works to generate and advance smart policies that promote the ecological and environmental health of oceans and coasts in tandem with prosperous economies. Interns may engage in issues including the ocean story bank; sustainable fisheries; aquaculture; coastal resilience, adaptation, and restoration; marine conservation and ocean planning; and offshore energy.

Public Lands: The Public Lands subteam works to develop and advance progressive conservation, energy, and natural resource policies for America’s public lands, in order to protect their use and enjoyment by current and future generations. Interns may engage in issues including natural area loss, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, conservation funding, outdoor recreation, and the Endangered Species Act.

All interns on the Energy and Environment team will contribute to the core work of the team, completing day-to-day assignments in addition to more extensive research projects. Interns will work closely with one or more staff members who will help foster knowledge of policy areas, government operations, and confidence working in a fast-paced office setting. Typical responsibilities include:

  • Contribute to memos, blog posts, columns, event summaries, and reports.
  • Carry out web-based research on issue areas.
  • Compile and manipulate data in Microsoft Excel.
  • Draft rapid-response communications.
  • Update fact sheets, talking points, and documents on topics of current pertinence.
  • Track and develop content for social media and enhance the team’s social media presence.

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.

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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