Women’s Initiative Internship

  • Reports to: Director, Women's Initiative
  • Department: Women's Initiative
  • Position classification: Internship


American Progress has an opening for a virtual summer intern within the Women’s Initiative.
The Women’s Initiative is a comprehensive effort to marshal American Progress’ broad expertise and promote public policies that enable women to participate fully in the nation’s economy and society. Women have made enormous progress over the past 50 years, but workplaces and national policies have yet to adapt to our changing society.

American Progress believes that women—and the challenges they face—must be at the center of our national policy debate in order to develop responsive solutions that improve the lives of women and their families. The Women’s Initiative’s strategy is to put women at the center of the policy agenda and make the case that public policies that help women also strengthen families, workplaces, and the nation. The team arms stakeholders, thought leaders, policymakers, and the public at large with innovative policy ideas and solutions and helps develop both national and on-the-ground strategies to transform these ideas into concrete action. In its work, the Women’s Initiative recognizes, considers, and demonstrates intersections of identity and circumstance, gauging how they shape the challenges women face.
The intern will learn many of the basic skills it takes to be a policy professional at a progressive nonprofit. Primary internship responsibilities include researching issues surrounding women’s economic security, women’s health and rights, and women’s leadership.


  • Conduct web-based research for working projects and preliminary research, including research on laws and policies affecting the team’s portfolio.
  • Draft memos, fact sheets, issue briefs, and talking points that compile and analyze data, original research, and analysis.
  • Research and maintain records of press coverage and other important metrics for the team’s work.
  • Attend virtual meetings, webinars, seminars, hearings, and lectures and report back takeaways.
  • Assist with administrative tasks such as scheduling appointments, meetings, and conferences.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Current pursuance of an associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, Juris Doctor, or doctoral degree. Preference may be given to students pursuing an advanced degree.
  • Excellent research, writing, and editing skills.
  • General understanding of the current issues surrounding women’s equality and rights, including but not limited to women’s health (including reproductive rights, maternal health, and health care systems broadly) and economic security (including paid leave, equal pay, and broader workplace rights).
  • 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 www.americanprogress.org. For more information on the Center for American Progress Action Fund, please go to www.americanprogressaction.org.