Applying for an internship

Eligibility: All 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.

American Progress interns are paid at the D.C. minimum wage rate. As of July 2019, that rate is $14 per hour. Effective July 1, 2020, the D.C. minimum wage will rise to $15 per hour. American Progress also offers interns metro benefits.

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. The new deadline to submit applications for the summer 2020 internship applications listed below is February 14, 2020, 5 p.m. ET.


Summer 2020: May 26–August 7

No phone calls, please.

Constituency Media Internship (Spanish Language)

American Progress is committed to delivering its message to diverse communities. To that end, the Constituency Media intern will work to reach communities of color though targeted and comprehensive communications work. The Constituency Media intern will work closely with the Communications team’s Constituency Media Associate to maintain working relationships with national and state constituency media outlets, including Spanish-language, African American, Asian American and Pacific Islander, and American Indian and Alaska Native outlets, as well as international media.

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Democracy and Government Reform Internship

American Progress’ Democracy and Government Reform team focuses on advancing policy reforms and solutions that help make government more responsive and accountable. The team works on a wide range of issues including voting rights, redistricting, money in politics, lobbying, and government ethics. Democracy and Government Reform includes Legal Progress, the judiciary policy program at American Progress. No matter the policy issue, the judiciary will continue to play an important role in the lives of hardworking Americans, as well as in the success of a progressive legislative agenda. Through legal and policy analyses, communications, and public education, Legal Progress helps push the U.S. legal system in a more progressive direction and educates the public about the courts’ impact on issues they care about most.

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Digital Strategy Internship

The Digital Strategy team collaborates across American Progress to increase its reach, engagement, and ability to improve the lives of all Americans. Working with experts in policy, communications, government affairs, and development, the Digital Strategy team helps to amplify efforts through strategic use of digital communications and technology—raising strategic audiences’ awareness of the organization and building relationships with progressive allies.

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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 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. The Early Childhood Policy team works at the federal, state, and local levels. Though not limited to this list, the team focuses on the following issues: home visiting, access to affordable and high-quality child care, universal preschool, and the early childhood workforce.

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Economic Policy Internship

Economic Policy interns serve as fully engaged members of the Economic 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 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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Energy and Environment Internships

American Progress is a leader in addressing climate change, energy production, and the conservation crisis by driving research, messaging, and policy to defend and advance progressive policies that protect our air, land, and water.

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External Affairs Internship

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

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Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative Internship

The Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative at American Progress works to identify and articulate the moral, ethical, and spiritual values underpinning a range of policy issues, such as economic inequality, reproductive and sexual justice, and immigration, among others. The initiative aims to shape a progressive stance in which these values are made clear and to help increase public awareness and understanding.

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Generation Progress Internship

Interns with Generation Progress will have the opportunity to expand their organizing and communications skills across all issues important to young people in the progressive movement. Internship responsibilities include creating website content; helping to organize events and rallies; drafting and pitching op-eds; drafting blog posts and other written products; creating flyers and shareables; and tracking media for the team.

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Gun Violence Prevention Internship

More than 95 people die from gun violence in the United States each day, and hundreds more are injured with a firearm. American Progress’ Gun Violence Prevention team advocates for commonsense gun violence prevention policies to reduce the number of deaths and nonfatal firearm injuries through research and advocacy efforts.

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Immigration Policy Internship

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 policies and refutes negative and biased anti-immigrant sentiment and policy. The Immigration Policy 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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K-12 Education Policy Internship

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 focus on the following issues: standards and assessments; accountability and school improvement; innovation in education; and modernization and elevation of the teaching profession.

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National Security and International Policy Internship, China Specialist and Generalist

The National Security and International Policy (NSIP) 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 innovative work on U.S. foreign policy toward China and in Asia; development of a strong progressive vision on national defense; and generating ideas to prevent democratic backslide and the rise of authoritarianism.

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Press Internship

The Press team pursues 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 and Ethnicity Policy Internship

The Race and Ethnicity Policy team provides analysis on the intersections of race and policy and examines the implications of the demographic shifts happening across the United States. The team’s work uses current and future demographic trends as a foundation for progressive policies that will promote equity in American society.

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Video Internship

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

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Women’s Initiative Internship

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 in the United States have made enormous progress over the past 50 years, but workplaces and national policies have yet to adapt to our changing society.

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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. These internship 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.

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