Women’s Health and Rights Internship

  • Position classification: Internship


The Women’s Health and Rights Program (WHRP) helps reframe the domestic debate on reproductive rights to better address fundamental issues of women’s health care and rights; develops innovative policy approaches to these issues; and integrates these critical issues into the broader progressive agenda and community.

Interns learn many of the basic skills it takes to be a policy professional at a progressive nonprofit from a front-row seat. Primary internship responsibilities include researching issues surrounding women’s health, including legislation and state health care policy, reproductive health care policy, Supreme Court rulings, and access to and disparities in health care. Interns conduct web-based research for working projects and preliminary research on areas of interest to the Women’s Health team. Interns also create compilations of and analyze data, write memos and assist in writing and reviewing larger projects, and report on webinars regarding women’s health or issues relating to women’s health.

In its work, the Women’s Health team recognizes, considers, and demonstrates intersections of identity and circumstance and their effect on access to and quality of care. Candidates should have a general understanding of the current issues surrounding women’s health, including some understanding of the relationship between the Affordable Care Act and women.

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.

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.