We are currently accepting applications for our 2018 internship program.

Suggested application deadlines:
Fall 2018: July 1, 2018

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.


Summer: June–August

Fall: September–December

Winter: January–March

Spring: January–May

Starting dates are flexible.

No phone calls, please.

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 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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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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Energy and Environment Internship

American Progress drives research, messaging, and policy to defend progressive polices protecting our air, land, and water to promote sustainable and equitable economic growth.
Interns working with the American Progress Energy and Environment team have the opportunity to complete substantive work across the team’s four main focuses: international climate policy, domestic energy and climate policy, oceans policy, and public lands policy. Within this framework, interns will develop skills and experience to contribute effectively to the national conversation on climate change, clean energy, natural resources management, conservation, and climate adaptation and resilience.

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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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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.

Legal Progress has dramatically increased national and state coverage of federal judicial nominees, corporate influence on the judiciary, and the difference between conservative and progressive judicial philosophies. President Donald Trump may appoint a record number of federal judges during his tenure, and, in response, Legal Progress has catalyzed the progressive community and elected officials to speak out about the need for judges who will protect our rights and serve as an independent check on the executive branch.

Legal Progress is also conducting a long-term grassroots campaign to integrate the importance of the courts in the work of progressive communities in several strategic states.

Legal Progress is considering candidates with undergraduate, graduate, and law school experience. Interns learn many of the basic skills it takes to work at a progressive nonprofit from a front-row seat. Participants will have an opportunity to work with policymakers, legal experts, and allied organizations to help promote a progressive judiciary.

While every intern gets hands-on experience with the program’s campaigns and policy work, each serves in a capacity that is tailored to their experience and will further their professional development. Law school interns typically focus on legal research, contribute to the published reports that Legal Progress produces, and participate in the program’s legal policy role at American Progress. Interns earning their bachelor’s or master’s degree contribute to the operations of the federal court and fair courts campaigns; become familiar with contemporary legal issues; and immerse themselves in American Progress’s outstanding internship program.

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.

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LGBT Issues Internship

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or 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 combatting 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 Southeast Asia 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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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

American Progress’ War Room team works to transform progressive ideas into policy through rapid-response communications, legislative action, grassroots organizing, political advocacy, and partnerships with other progressive leaders.

To promote American Progress’ work, the War Room team distills complex ideas into digestible messages and uses traditional and digital media strategies to make sure that American Progress’ messages reach leaders in Washington, advocates across the country, and everyday Americans.

War Room interns learn many of the basic skills it takes to become a communications/digital/organizing professional in a progressive nonprofit from a front-row seat. They are involved in all core activities of the War Room team and are assigned day-to-day activities to help integrate them into the work. Interns help monitor news stories, compile news clips, develop target press lists, conduct political research, staff American Progress events, and much more.

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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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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.

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.