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.

Postsecondary Education Policy Internship

Postsecondary Education Policy interns serve as fully engaged members of the team and are vital to its work. They will have the opportunity to delve into a variety of projects and gain valuable knowledge and understanding of key issues facing the nation. The postsecondary education policy agenda of American Progress is based on the belief that high-quality and affordable education beyond high school will both ensure economic mobility and stability and advance national competitiveness. However, in order for the promise of postsecondary education to pay off, Americans from all backgrounds must be able to access, afford, and complete high-quality credentials. The Postsecondary Education Policy team’s work focuses on improving the postsecondary system by focusing on equity, accountability, quality, and data to make the case for change.

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Technology Policy Internship

American Progress’ Technology Policy team focuses on policy analysis and creation around emerging technology issues, including technology regulation, economic competition, content moderation, and election integrity. The team’s main goal in 2020 is building a progressive vision for technology policy.

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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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