Development Internship

  • Department: Development
  • Position classification: Internship


The Development team positions and highlights American Progress’ mission-advancing activities to resonate with funders who make the work possible. Working on a team of detectives, puzzle-solvers, consensus-builders, and conveners, Development interns will learn many of the skills needed to succeed and advance in their progressive careers, whether in fundraising or other nonprofit management.

Interns will be exposed to strategies and tasks in relationship-building, communications, critical thinking, research, event details, and data integrity as they relate to garnering support to advance American Progress’ mission. Successful candidates will have a passion for progressive values; deliver accurate and ambitious work; and demonstrate the ability to meet tight deadlines. Whenever possible, interns are encouraged to take full advantage of the many learning opportunities across American Progress, such as by attending public events.


  • Interface with colleagues and work with various American Progress teams.
  • Engage in the Development team’s core responsibilities and complete day-to-day activities that are integrated into departmental deliverables.
  • Update American Progress’ donor database.
  • Gather information from American Progress’ various policy teams.
  • Research foundations and donor prospects.
  • Assist in drafting appeals and researching grant opportunities.
  • Assist in launching a new fundraising program focused on direct appeals.
  • Assist colleagues in preparing for meetings and accompany colleagues in select meetings.
  • Brainstorm new messaging approaches.
  • Other duties may include reporting on meetings, seminars, or other events.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Demonstrated interest in fundraising and development.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong ability to use critical thinking skills to solve problems.

American Progress interns are paid at the D.C. minimum wage rate. Effective July 1, 2020, the D.C. minimum wage will be $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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