Legal Progress Internship

  • Department: Democracy and Government
  • Position classification: Internship


Legal Progress, part of the Democracy and Government Reform team, 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 on 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; in response, Legal Progress has catalyzed the progressive community and elected officials to speak out about the need for judges who will protect Americans’ rights and serve as an independent check on the executive branch.

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

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