We are currently accepting applications for our 2018 internship program.

Application deadlines:
Summer 2018: Applications will not be accepted after April 9.
Fall 2018: Not yet open for applications.

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Democracy and Government Reform Internship

The Democracy and Government Reform team focuses on advancing political reform solutions that help make government more responsive and accountable. It works on a wide range of issues, including voting rights, redistricting, money in politics, lobbying, and government ethics.

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Development/Strategic Planning Internship

The Development team works to ensure that American Progress has the financial resources to meet its mission. The team maintains relationships with members of the progressive philanthropic community, connects them to the work and staff of American Progress, and makes the case for investing in the organization’s long-term goals.

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Early Childhood Policy Internship

Early Childhood Policy interns serve as fully engaged members of the Early Childhood Policy team and are vital to the work that they do. Interns will have the opportunity to delve into a variety of projects and gain valuable knowledge and understanding of key issues facing the nation. The Early Childhood Policy team works at the federal, state, and local levels. Though not limited to this list, the team also focuses on the following issues: home visiting, access to affordable and high-quality child care, universal preschool, and supporting the early childhood workforce.

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Economic Policy Internship

Economic Policy interns serve as fully engaged members of the team and are vital to the work that they do. Interns will have the opportunity to delve into a variety of projects and gain valuable knowledge and understanding of key issues facing the nation. Though not limited to this list, the Economic Policy team’s work is likely to encompass the following: labor markets, retirement security, housing, budget and tax policy, international economic policy and trade, economic mobility, and the general state and future of the economy.

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Education, K-12 Internship

The K-12 Education Policy interns serve as fully engaged members of the K-12 Education Policy team and are vital to its work. Interns will have the opportunity to delve into a variety of projects and gain valuable knowledge and understanding of key issues facing the nation. Though not limited to this list, the K-12 Education Policy team’s work is likely to encompass the following: standards and assessments, accountability and school improvement, innovation in education, and modernizing and elevating the teaching profession.

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Energy and Environment Internship

American Progress is a leader in the shifting debate on climate change and energy by driving research and policy toward a more comprehensive discussion on sustainable economic growth and our collective global future.

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Executive Internship

The American Progress Executive Office is responsible for directing and overseeing all policy developments and educational and communication outreach at the organization. Exposure to all aspects of the organization’s work—educational efforts, policy initiatives, and administrative organization—will provide interns with unique insight into the workings of a fast-paced, nonpartisan public policy research institution dedicated to finding progressive and pragmatic solutions to significant domestic and international problems.

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External Affairs Internship

The External Affairs team amplifies American Progress’ policy voice by forging relationships with progressive groups, think tanks, scholars, community leaders, and elected officials at the federal, state, and local levels. The department raises awareness of the organization and its work, while connecting staff with progressive allies.

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Faith and Progressive Policy Internship

The Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative of the Center for American Progress works to identify and articulate the moral, ethical, and spiritual values underpinning policy issues, ranging from economic inequality to reproductive and sexual justice to immigration, among others. The initiative helps shape a progressive stance in which these values are clear and increase public awareness and understanding of these values.

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Generation Progress Internship

Welcome to the coolest internship experience. Ever. In addition to getting substantive work experience, Generation Progress interns get access to special events such as film screenings and conferences and the opportunity to use words like “substantive” on a daily basis.

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Guns and Crime Internship

The Guns and Crime team focuses on gun violence prevention and other issues related to crime in the United States. More than 33,000 Americans die each year as a result of firearm injuries, and American Progress advocates for common-sense gun violence prevention policies to reduce the number of deaths and nonfatal firearm injuries that are a result of weak firearm regulations and laws.

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Immigration Policy Internship

The American Progress Immigration Policy team 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 reforms and refutes negative and biased anti-immigrant sentiment and policy. The 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.

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Legal Progress Internship

Legal Progress is the legal policy program at American Progress. No matter the issue, the judiciary will continue to play an increasingly important role in the lives of hardworking Americans, as well as in the success of the progressive legislative agenda. Through legal and policy analysis, communications and public education, and convening key stakeholders, Legal Progress helps push the American legal system in a more progressive direction and educate the public about the courts’ effect on the issues they care about most.

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LGBT Issues Internship

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) research and communications interns serve as fully engaged members of the LGBT team at American Progress. The main focuses of the team’s strategic work include ending discrimination against LGBT people, increasing LGBT people’s access to health care, and combating attacks on LGBT rights at the local, state, and federal levels.

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National Security and International Policy Internship

The National Security and International Policy team seeks to advance a strong progressive vision for U.S. foreign policy. The team works on a wide array of issues, ranging from defense and national security policy to foreign affairs and international development, and has a broad geographic scope, from China and the Koreas to the Middle East and Turkey to Mexico and the Americas. Major ongoing projects include a robust Middle East program; innovative work on U.S. foreign policy toward China and in Asia; articulating a strong progressive vision on national defense; the cross-linkages of climate, migration, and security; and building sustainable security through greater global prosperity and effective international development.

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Poverty to Prosperity Program Internship

The Poverty to Prosperity Program is dedicated to the notion that we can dramatically reduce poverty and increase economic mobility. We aim to shift the public’s perception of poverty and encourage policies that create good jobs, strengthen families, and ensure economic security. We also work to lift up the voices up low-income individuals. Poverty to Prosperity interns become integral members of our team and are given the opportunity to explore anti-poverty policy through research, advocacy, and communications. Interns also play a large role in supporting our blog and podcast, found at TalkPoverty.org.

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Press Internship

American Progress’ Press 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.

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Race Policy/Progress 2050 Internship

Progress 2050 is a project of the Center for American Progress that provides analysis on the intersection of policy and race and examines the implications of the demographic shift happening across the nation. The team’s work uses current and future U.S. demographic trends as a foundation for progressive policies that advance equity.

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Spanish Language/Ethnic Media Internship

American Progress is committed to delivering its message to diverse communities. To that end, the Ethnic Media team reaches communities of color though targeted and comprehensive communications work. The Ethnic Media team, part of CAP’s Press team, works closely with American Progress’ policy and events teams and maintains working relationships with national ethnic media outlets—including Spanish-language, African American, and Asian American and Pacific Islander media, as well as international media.

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Technology Internship

Are you the person your friends and family run to when their computer has issues? American Progress has dozens of Macs and hundreds of PCs, as well as its share of gremlins, so the Technical Support team can give you hands-on experience using professional-grade tools and techniques to fix the problems that arise while running a think tank that employs more than 200 people.

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ThinkProgress Internship

ThinkProgress is one of the web’s top progressive news sites, presenting both original and research-oriented pieces in step with the news cycle. Interns work with an editor to craft and hone pitches, in addition to doing extensive research, writing, fact-checking, monitoring daily news, and completing other tasks as assigned. 

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Video Internship

Are you a budding filmmaker with a passion for social justice and progressive issues? American Progress is looking for an intern to join the Video team to expand the organization’s visual media offerings.

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War Room Internship

The CAP Action War Room team works on both rapid-response and long-term research and communications projects. The Progress Report, the War Room’s signature product, is a daily newsletter reaching more than 90,000 subscribers with a progressive analysis of the news.

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Web Technology Developer Internship

Have you created your own mash-up or hosted your own blog? American Progress supports dozens of websites and blogs; you can help add features, launch new projects, and get involved in creating online campaigns.

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Women’s Health and Rights 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.

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Applying for an internship

Eligibility: All high school, undergraduate, master’s level, Ph.D., and J.D. students are eligible to apply. People are also eligible if they are a veteran or a recent college graduate within six months of graduation.

All summer interns work full time and for a minimum of eight weeks, although 10 weeks is preferred. During the fall, winter, and spring, part-time students are accepted, but interns must be able to commit to a minimum of 20 hours per week. International students must be able to provide documentation that shows they are allowed to work in the United States.

Application process: 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. Within the application, you will have the opportunity to choose up to five areas of interest corresponding to the internships described above. 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.

Online applications:

Summer 2018: Open until all slots are filled.


Summer: June–August

Fall: September–December

Winter: January–March

Spring: January–May

Starting dates are flexible.

No phone calls, please.


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. These job postings refer 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.