Immigration Policy Internship

  • Reports to: Associate Director for Policy, Immigration
  • Department: Immigration
  • Position classification: Internship


American Progress has an immediate opening for a virtual summer internship with the Immigration Policy team, which provides leadership on research, advocacy, policy, and communications in all aspects of immigration and refugee policy in the United States. The team crafts and supports positive immigration policies and refutes negative and biased anti-immigrant sentiment and policy. The Immigration Policy team works closely with a broad coalition of advocacy organizations as well as congressional and government offices to promote real solutions to the nation’s immigration challenges.

The intern will learn many of the basic skills needed to be a policy professional at a progressive nonprofit and will be intimately involved in the day-to-day operations of the Immigration Policy team. They will provide research support on a variety of issues related to immigration in the United States, help craft messaging and advocacy positions for American Progress, track important stories, and assist with events and organizational tasks


  • Conceptualize, research, and draft columns, policy memos, and other materials to advance a specific immigration policy issue.
  • Provide research and advocacy support as needed.
  • Research and maintain records of press coverage and other important metrics for the team’s work.
  • Draft tweets for the team’s Twitter account.
  • Create, organize, and maintain accurate written and electronic files and databases.
  • Provide logistical support for all staff meetings and events when needed.
  • Occasionally draft and/or edit letters, invitations, and other documents.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Current pursuance of an associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree, or recent graduate.
  • Excellent research, writing, and editing skills.
  • Interest in immigration policy, advocacy, and communications.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Self-starter who takes initiative and seeks direction as needed.
  • Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Ability to diagnose problems and identify creative solutions.
  • Commitment to American Progress’ mission and goals.

American Progress interns are paid at the D.C. minimum wage rate of $15 per hour. Interns will receive paid time off for federal holidays.

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.

For more information on the Center for American Progress, please go to For more information on the Center for American Progress Action Fund, please go to