Applying for an internship

 

American Progress continues to actively monitor the evolving situation surrounding the spread of COVID-19. As our entire workforce continues to work remotely, we are now accepting applications for our virtual summer 2021 internship program. Please see available virtual internship opportunities below.

The application deadline is April 18, 2021.

Summer internships begin on June 1 and end on July 30.

American Progress interns are paid at the Washington, D.C., minimum wage rate of $15 per hour.

Conservation Internship, Energy and Environment

American Progress has an immediate opening for a virtual intern within the Energy and Environment department. American Progress is a leader in addressing climate change, the conservation crisis, and clean energy production by driving research, messaging, and policy to defend and advance progressive policies that protect our land, water, and air.

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Democracy and Government Reform Internship

American Progress has an immediate opening for a virtual intern on the Democracy and Government Reform team. The Democracy and Government Reform team is committed to developing policies and advancing a legislative agenda that strengthens our democracy and ensures that everyone has an equal voice in our democratic process. To achieve this, we are focused on winning structural reforms that flip the paradigm of our political system so that it focuses on everyday Americans instead of the wealthy and well-connected. We are also advancing critical reforms to our judicial and legal system that will increase professional and demographic diversity at the highest levels of the legal profession, protect civil rights, and broaden access to justice. All of this work will be undertaken while applying an explicit equity lens to our policy development that centers communities of color and other historically underrepresented communities.

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Digital Strategy and Communications Internship

American Progress has an opening for a virtual summer intern on the Digital Strategy team.

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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

American Progress has an immediate opening for a virtual summer internship with the Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative. Religion is a significant force in the personal lives of many Americans and in the nation’s public life, serving as a source of meaning, a drive for justice, and an inspiration for the common good. The Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative works to ensure that the needs and concerns of religious communities are included in discourse on progressive public policy. The Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative also works to safeguard the healthy separation of church and state that has allowed religion to flourish in the United States. The initiative works directly with national and grasstops religious leaders on issues of public policy; hosts events and convenings; conducts research; and works with American Progress’ other policy teams and experts to provide analysis on the intersection of religion and progressive public policy.

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Generation Progress Internship

American Progress has an opening for a virtual summer intern with the Generation Progress team. The Generation Progress intern 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 organize virtual events; 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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Immigration Policy Internship

American Progress has an immediate opening for a virtual summer internship with the Immigration Policy team, which 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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National Security and International Policy Internship, China Program

American Progress is offering a virtual summer internship with the National Security and International Policy (NSIP) team. The selected candidate will assist the NSIP China subteam with substantive research on China’s domestic politics and foreign relations. In your cover letter, please indicate your level of Mandarin language proficiency and elaborate on your experience conducting research using Chinese-language sources.

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Press Internship

American Progress has an opening for a virtual summer intern with the Press team. 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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Story Bank and Communications Internship, Energy and Environment War Room

American Progress has an opening for a virtual summer 2021 intern with the Energy and Environment War Room, the communications and rapid-response arm of the broader Energy and Environment team. The Story Bank and Communications Intern will support the team’s story bank project by interviewing individuals who have compelling and diverse personal stories about the importance of strong environmental protections, as well as drafting op-eds and letters to the editor amplifying their stories. The story bank project helps connect climate and environmental justice issues to people’s lived experiences, demonstrating the urgent need for climate action today.

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Women’s Initiative Internship

American Progress has an opening for a virtual summer intern within the Women’s Initiative.
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 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.

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.