American Progress’ Technology Policy team focuses on policy analysis and creation around emerging technology issues, including technology regulation, economic competition, content moderation, and election integrity. The team’s main goal in 2020 is building a progressive vision for technology policy.
Technology Policy interns will learn many of the basic skills needed to work as a policy professional at a progressive nonprofit. Primary responsibilities may include researching emerging technology policy issues; writing policy briefs; tracking policy and media developments; and interacting with policy experts, both internally and externally. Technology Policy interns will also help plan events, research and write products, and perform other day-to-day tasks as assigned.
Candidates must possess excellent oral and written communications skills; flexibility and adaptability to a broad array of assignments and situations; the ability to work independently; and a sincere desire to learn. Some qualitative and quantitative research experience is preferred. No specific academic background is required, but the ideal intern will have a general understanding of emerging technologies and an interest in technology’s intersection with policy and society.
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.
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
- 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.
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.
For more information on the Center for American Progress, please go to www.americanprogress.org. For more information on the Center for American Progress Action Fund, please go to www.americanprogressaction.org.