Spring 2024 Research Internship

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Assistant Editor

Assistant Editor

American Progress has an immediate opening for an Assistant Editor to join its Production team. The Assistant Editor serves primarily as a copyeditor for American Progress, helping assure the quality of publications ranging from research reports to daily columns. Working in a fast-paced, journalistic environment, the Assistant Editor also helps with the daily production of the website.

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Associate Director/Director, Responsible Renewable Energy Development

Associate Director/Director, Responsible Renewable Energy Development

American Progress has an immediate opening for an Associate Director or Director of Responsible Renewable Energy Development on the Conservation Policy team within the Energy and Environment department. The United States’ transition to a clean energy economy will require new clean energy, transmission development, and a supply of clean energy materials. To fight the climate crisis while protecting communities and biodiversity, the United States cannot perpetuate the inequities of the old, dirty energy economy and must instead plan for smart siting of renewable energy and ethical sourcing of the materials required to transition. This individual will be responsible for leading American Progress’ work to develop and execute national and regional strategies and campaigns to support both conservation and clean energy goals. The ideal candidate will have strong management, strategic thinking, coalition-building, and writing skills, as well as deep organizational relationships throughout the climate, energy, and/or conservation policy world and a commitment to fighting environmental injustice. The Associate Director/Director will report to the Senior Director, Conservation.

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Digital Platforms Strategist

Digital Platforms Strategist

American Progress is seeking a Digital Platforms Strategist to research and advise on best practices for digital channels and their unique strategic audiences as well as employ technological resources to solve or resource solutions. This individual will collaborate with functional and policy teams to create content that grows and engages American Progress’ strategic audiences by providing unique value.

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Director of Editorial

Director of Editorial

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Director of Editorial to join a small management team that works together to run all aspects of production on a day-to-day basis. A player-manager role, the Director of Editorial helps assure the quality of publications ranging from research reports to rapid response columns. Working in a fast-paced, journalistic environment, the Director will help with daily production of the website; the hiring, training, and management of editorial staff; various digital projects including websites; and short- and long-term planning.

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Director of Research, Rights and Justice

Director of Research, Rights and Justice

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Director of Research in its Rights and Justice department. American Progress is dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans through bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action, with the aim of not only changing the conversation, but changing the country. In furtherance of that mission, the Rights and Justice department works to build a society that respects the rights and dignity of all people, provides equitable opportunity for everyone to fulfill their potential, and ensures everyone benefits from the collective strengths of the nation’s diversity.

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Director/Senior Director of Campaigns

Director/Senior Director of Campaigns

American Progress is seeking a Director/Senior Director of Campaigns to help lead the execution of its issue and electoral campaigns. The next year offers a unique opportunity to make significant gains in creating a more just and equitable country, anchored in an economy that works for all. American Progress is among the few progressive organizations with the capacity to engage in a broad range of policy and advocacy efforts on the economy over the next 15 months. This position offers an exciting opportunity for a developing manager and campaigner to engage on one of the most critical and enduring issues facing the progressive movement in America.

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Director/Senior Director, Democratic Accountability

Director/Senior Director, Democratic Accountability

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Director or Senior Director of Democratic Accountability in its National Security and International Policy department to lead American Progress’ efforts to craft and advocate for a new “age of accountability” agenda at the global level. Democratic political systems around the world are struggling to meet the justified expectations of their citizenry; rein in misinformation and the consequent distrust in institutions; and promote the rule of law by holding to account those responsible for corruption, tax evasion, human rights abuses, and widespread citizen insecurity. Many citizens have lost faith that democratic systems can deliver tangible improvements in their lives, while illiberal political actors have tapped into this discontent to build power, undercut democratic checks and balances, and erode the post-Cold War international order.

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Director/Senior Director, Institutional Giving

Director/Senior Director, Institutional Giving

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Director or Senior Director of Institutional Giving in its Development department. Reporting to the Managing Director of Institutional Giving, the Director or Senior Director of Institutional Giving will be an important member of the Development department and will help support American Progress’ institutional giving efforts as the organization reimagines its corporate giving program. The Director or Senior Director of Institutional Giving will work closely with senior members of American Progress’ policy departments and the Managing Director of Institutional Giving as well as other senior and executive leaders of the organization to identify and implement American Progress’ corporate giving priorities. This position will also work with current partners to identify meaningful cultivation touchpoints and oversee and manage American Progress’ Business Alliance. They will hold a portfolio of 75 corporate and labor donors, targeting six- to eight-figure prospects. The ideal candidate will have significant experience as a front-line fundraiser, demonstrated success with corporate and foundation solicitations, strong communication skills, and a growth mindset.

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Executive Assistant

Executive Assistant

American Progress is seeking candidates for the position of Executive Assistant. The Executive Assistant will support the Executive Vice President for Communications and Strategy with scheduling and administrative duties and support the broader Communications department with administrative tasks, media strategy, and research support as needed and as time allows. This position calls for a highly organized, detail-oriented, and responsible individual on whom staff can rely to work independently and collaboratively to deliver high-quality support.

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Finance Associate

Finance Associate

American Progress is seeking a Finance Associate to assist with its budget and grant management. The Finance Associate will work together with the Budget team to advise project leads on budget management, including use of software, financial tracking, and expense forecasting. This individual will additionally support the Budget team in the development and reconciliation of forecasts as well as the management of grant financial proposals and reports. This is an ideal position for an enthusiastic and highly organized candidate who wants to learn about nonprofit operations at one of the leading think tanks in the country.

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Legal Assistant

Legal Assistant

American Progress has an opening for a Legal Assistant to join its Legal team. The Legal team manages legal matters for the Center for American Progress, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit research and educational think tank, as well as its affiliated 501(c)(4) organization, the Center for American Progress Action Fund, which are together known as American Progress. This role will be driven by American Progress’ mission to improve the lives of all Americans, through bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action, with the aim of not only changing the conversation, but changing the country.

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Manager/Senior Manager, State and Local Government Affairs

Manager/Senior Manager, State and Local Government Affairs

American Progress is seeking a Manager or Senior Manager of State and Local Government Affairs. This position will focus its work on helping grow and maintain American Progress’ relationships with state and local elected officials, their staff, and key partners. The Government Affairs team works to promote progressive policies and ideas among members of Congress; state, local, and regional organizations and elected officials; and advocacy organizations and think tanks. The team also works to promote the work of American Progress’ Advocacy and Outreach department and policy teams with the progressive community at large.

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Policy Analyst, Health Policy

Policy Analyst, Health Policy

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy Analyst on the Health Policy team. The Policy Analyst will work under the direction of the Vice President of Health Policy to promote policies that strengthen health. They will work with the team and senior fellows to conduct original analyses and advance policy proposals to expand affordable health coverage, lower health costs for consumers, and advance public health and equity. The position requires strong analytical, communication, and management skills.

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Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst, Conservation Policy

Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst, Conservation Policy

American Progress has an immediate opening in its Energy and Environment department for a Policy Analyst or Senior Policy Analyst on the Conservation Policy team. This position will focus on conservation, natural climate solutions, responsible siting of the renewable energy infrastructure necessary for a clean energy future, analysis of fossil fuel markets, advocating for pollution-free public lands and ocean, and ensuring a just transition for communities.

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Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst, Criminal Justice Reform

Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst, Criminal Justice Reform

American Progress is seeking a Policy Analyst or Senior Policy Analyst to join its Criminal Justice Reform team, which is part of the Rights and Justice department. American Progress is dedicated to improving community safety and justice by developing, advancing, and amplifying progressive policies that create safer, healthier, and more equitable communities and provide second chances to people exiting incarceration; pushing back against punitive criminal legal system policies that cause disproportionate harms to people of color; ensuring that federal policies, programs, and dollars are implemented effectively, equitably, and in ways that create openings for more ambitious policies; and shaping and driving the narrative that progressive policies and reforms are good for community safety as well as the economy, public health, and overall well-being of the country. The work of the Rights and Justice department’s Criminal Justice Reform team aims to reduce the footprint of the criminal legal system, reduce barriers to reentry for people returning to the community from incarceration, and create meaningful alternatives to the criminal legal system that improve community safety and public health.

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Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst, Disability Justice Initiative

Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst, Disability Justice Initiative

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst with the Disability Justice Initiative. The team is looking for a Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst to promote policies on a broad range of issues that improve the lives of people with disabilities and their families, in particular around reproductive health care access and access to democracy. The ideal candidate will be passionate about the principles of disability justice and possess strong quantitative analysis skills. They should also have knowledge around policies and programs that specifically affect disabled individuals and their families.

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Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst, Inclusive Economy

Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst, Inclusive Economy

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy Analyst or Senior Policy Analyst with strong analytic skills and experience in a range of federal tax and fiscal policy issues. The position requires strong quantitative and writing skills; experience working with tax and economic data; and an interest in making compelling, evidence-based public policy arguments. The candidate should be meticulous and comfortable in a fast-paced environment and with rapid-response requests, as well as have a passion for advancing progressive economic policy through thoughtful new research. The candidate will contribute to the Inclusive Economy team’s efforts to promote an economy that works for all, led by robust public investments and a more equitable tax code.

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Project Coordinator/Project Associate, Structural Reform and Governance

Project Coordinator/Project Associate, Structural Reform and Governance

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Project Coordinator or Project Associate in the Structural Reform and Governance department. The department includes the Democracy Policy, Technology Policy, and Courts and Legal Policy teams and is dedicated to taking swift action to strengthen governance and the guardrails of our democracy in a way that equips it to serve as a force for good.

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Prospect Research Manager

Prospect Research Manager

American Progress is seeking a Prospect Research Manager to join the Development department. The ideal candidate is a self-starter and able to effectively manage multiple priority projects in a fast-paced environment. The Prospect Research Manager will work at the direction of the Vice President of Development and in close collaboration with the Major Gifts Officer and Director of Major Gifts in the Development department to help shape a robust individual fundraising program that is centered around American Progress’ institutional priorities and designed to strategically grow the Individual Giving team’s pipeline of supporters over the next several years. This individual will research prospects, stay abreast of the philanthropic landscape, help develop briefings, and manage and implement prospect identification and pipeline development. The Prospect Research Manager will act as a strategic thought partner to the Vice President of Development in metric and goal development.

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Rapid Response Creative Producer/Senior Rapid Response Creative Producer, Digital Advocacy

Rapid Response Creative Producer/Senior Rapid Response Creative Producer, Digital Advocacy

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Rapid Response Creative Producer or a Senior Rapid Response Creative Producer to join its growing Digital Advocacy team. The team’s mission is to develop innovative and compelling visual content that builds the emotional and visual case for progressive policies and values. The ideal candidate must be comfortable working independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment where they must multitask, set priorities, and quickly produce engaging content. Political acumen, sensitivity to the complexities of policy issues, and the ability to engage with communications and policy experts are necessary for this position.

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Research Assistant/Research Associate, Health Policy

Research Assistant/Research Associate, Health Policy

American Progress is seeking a Research Assistant or Research Associate for the Health Policy team. The Research Assistant or Research Associate will provide research support for American Progress’ work to ensure that health care is affordable and accessible to all; to fortify the public health system; and to provide all Americans with the opportunity to achieve their full health potential. This effort is part of American Progress’ mission to improve the lives of all Americans through bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action, with the aim of not only changing the conversation, but changing the country.

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Research Assistant/Research Associate, Inclusive Economy

Research Assistant/Research Associate, Inclusive Economy

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Research Assistant or Research Associate on the Inclusive Economy team that sits within the Inclusive Growth department. The position will support work on policy topics across American Progress, primarily those related to labor, worker power, and workforce in the context of building an economy that works for all.

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Senior Adviser, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Human Resources Strategy

Senior Adviser, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Human Resources Strategy

The Senior Adviser of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and Human Resources (HR) Strategy is responsible for the development and implementation of the overall DEI program strategy and will support DEI initiatives across the organization. They will work closely with the Vice President of Human Resources and Executive team to develop the DEI and HR strategy for American Progress and partner with directors and employee resource groups to facilitate and prioritize DEI efforts in internal policies, processes, and employee engagement. They may also serve as a representative of American Progress on matters related to DEI with state associations, government agencies, private foundations, and the public.

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Senior Director, Early Childhood Policy

Senior Director, Early Childhood Policy

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Senior Director for Early Childhood Policy, within the Education department. The Senior Director for Early Childhood Policy will serve as the co-lead of the Early Childhood team and be a creative and analytic partner in American Progress’ work to change the country’s approach to early childhood education, including by connecting with K-12 and higher education efforts and seeking out and developing connectivity with the organization’s five crosscutting priorities:

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Senior Director, Energy and Environment Campaigns

Senior Director, Energy and Environment Campaigns

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Senior Director for the Energy and Environment Campaigns team, the communication and advocacy arm for American Progress’ climate and conservation teams. The Senior Director will develop and execute a communications strategy for American Progress’ climate, energy, and conservation priorities; collaborate with internal and external partners; and manage a diverse and high-performing team of communications, campaign, and research staff. The ideal candidate will bring experience and strong commitment to working on energy, environmental, conservation, environmental justice, or climate change issues.

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Senior Director, Workforce Development Policy

Senior Director, Workforce Development Policy

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Senior Director of Workforce Development Policy within the Education department. The ideal candidate will be widely experienced in the subject area and is familiar with existing federal, state, and/or local approaches to workforce development, including effective training programs, strengthening community colleges, adult education, career and technical education, and assessing workforce needs related to the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), Inflation Reduction Act, and CHIPS and Science Act (CHIPS). The Senior Director will have a demonstrated ability to develop and advocate for progressive ideas that support higher wages, economic mobility, educational attainment, equity, and the overall competitiveness of the economy. They will partner with policy teams and experts across the organization to ensure that workforce and training is a complement to a wide range of policy goals.

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Senior Human Resources Generalist

Senior Human Resources Generalist

The Senior Human Resources Generalist is responsible for completing a variety of tasks to support the daily operations of the Human Resources team. They provide generalist expertise, advice, and counsel in areas including recruiting, compensation, benefits, labor relations, employment law, health and safety, workers’ compensation, organizational development, performance management, onboarding, training, and relocation.

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Stories Associate, Advocacy and Outreach

Stories Associate, Advocacy and Outreach

American Progress has an immediate opening for a full-time Stories Associate to join American Progress’ growing Stories team. American Progress is an independent, nonpartisan education and advocacy organization dedicated to its mission to improve the lives of all Americans through bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action with the aim of not only changing the conversation, but changing the country. With deep partnerships in Washington, D.C., and across the country, American Progress shares with allies the tools necessary to build support for progressive policies.

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Vice President, Inclusive Economy

Vice President, Inclusive Economy

The Vice President for Inclusive Economy will lead American Progress’ economic policy team and coordinate American Progress’ crosscutting, organizationwide priority of building an economy for all. The Vice President will guide American Progress’ work to bring approaches for effectively and sustainably growing the economy, including by maximizing inclusion and equity. This effort is part of American Progress’ mission to improve the lives of all Americans through bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action, with the aim of not only changing the conversation, but changing the country.

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Vice President/Senior Vice President, Digital Advocacy

Vice President/Senior Vice President, Digital Advocacy

American Progress seeks a highly motivated Vice President or Senior Vice President of Digital Advocacy with the ability to develop and manage a multifaceted digital communications and engagement program that helps advance and achieve the organization’s goals. The Vice President/Senior Vice President will work to position the Center for American Progress Action Fund (CAP Action)—a multi-issue advocacy organization—as a hub within the progressive community. They will work closely with partners to develop and disseminate content across a range of issues and to advance a clear progressive narrative across digital platforms. This individual will manage one of the largest and most effective digital teams in progressive advocacy with a unique focus on maximizing organic digital communications.

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Video Producer

Video Producer

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Video Producer to join its growing Production team. This team’s mission is to develop innovative and compelling video and graphic content that builds the emotional and visual case for progressive policies, values, and candidates.

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