Communications Internship


American Progress’ Communications team works to pursue progressive change by connecting American Progress’ experts, ideas, events, and publications with the media and the public. The team works to develop and execute comprehensive and innovative communications strategies to get American Progress’ policy priorities the attention they deserve.

To promote American Progress’ work, the Communications team distills complex ideas into digestible messages and uses traditional and new-media strategies—such as micro-targeting members of the press; sending out press releases, advisories, and statements; and releasing reports via social media—to make sure that American Progress’ messages reach leaders in Washington, advocates across the country, and everyday Americans.

Press interns learn many of the basic skills it takes to become a communications professional in a progressive nonprofit from a front-row seat. They are involved in all core activities of the Communications team and are assigned day-to-day activities to help integrate them into the work. Interns help monitor news stories, research targeted press lists, prepare and disseminate releases, staff events and media trainings, and much more.

Ethnic Media interns help American Progress achieve its goal of reaching diverse communities. Fully bilingual interns assist with translations, outreach, and media booking in ethnic-media and Spanish-language press outlets.

Other duties may include conducting targeted research and reporting on policy meetings, seminars, hearings, and lectures. Whenever possible, interns are encouraged to write on the subject of their choice either as a contributor to a larger final piece or as an individual author of a column for the website.

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 job 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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