Democracy and Government Reform Internship

  • Department: Democracy and Government Reform
  • Position classification: Internship


American Progress’ Democracy and Government Reform team focuses on advancing political reform 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.

Interns will learn many of the basic skills needed to become a public policy professional for a progressive nonprofit. They will assist the Democracy and Government Reform team across a variety of projects that involve coalition building, advocacy work, and research. Interns are encouraged to attend the many events at American Progress, as well as events, briefings, and hearings that take place on Capitol Hill and throughout Washington, D.C. Whenever possible, interns are encouraged to write about the team’s policy priorities, either as a contributor to a larger piece or as the individual author of a column for the website.

Applicants should have strong research, writing, and organizational skills and demonstrate careful attention to detail. The Democracy and Government Reform team will consider interns with both undergraduate and law school experience.

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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