Gun Violence Prevention Internship

  • Department: Gun Violence Prevention
  • Position classification: Internship


The Gun Violence Prevention team focuses on preventing gun violence and other issues related to crime in the United States. More than 34,000 Americans die each year as a result of firearm injuries, and American Progress advocates for commonsense gun violence prevention policies to reduce the number of deaths and nonfatal firearm injuries that result from weak firearm regulations and laws.

Interns will assist the team with coalition building and advocacy work, as well as with various research projects. The Gun Violence Prevention team focuses on the intersection of gun violence and a variety of other issues, such as background checks, domestic violence, policing, and gun trafficking. Interns will have a front-row seat at a progressive nonprofit, learning many of the basic skills needed to work as a policy professional.

Other duties may include conducting targeted research and reporting on policy meetings, seminars, hearings, and lectures. Whenever possible, interns are encouraged to write on a subject of their choice, either as a contributor to a larger piece or as the individual author of a column for the website.

To Apply

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. The system does not allow for multiple files. 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.

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. This internship posting refers 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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