Health Internship

  • Department: Health
  • Position classification: Internship


Health Policy interns serve as fully engaged members of the Health Policy team and are vital to the work that it does. Interns will have the opportunity to delve into a variety of projects and gain valuable knowledge and understanding of key issues within the nation’s health care system. Though not limited to this list, the Health Policy team’s work is likely to encompass the following: ongoing defense of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid; payment and delivery system reform; universal health coverage; and prescription drug pricing. The Health Policy team examines policies at both the federal and state level.

Health Policy interns learn many of the basic skills it takes to become a public policy professional in a progressive nonprofit. They are given day-to-day responsibilities to help integrate them into the core work of the team. Primary day-to-day responsibilities generally involve conducting background research for members of the Health Policy team. Interns may also engage in research; writing; project and administrative support; and preparatory work for policy events. Whenever possible, interns are encouraged to write a piece for publication, either as a contributor to a larger final piece or as an individual author of a column for the website.

Other duties include attending and reporting on policy events, briefings, and hearings on the Hill and throughout Washington, D.C. Interns are also encouraged to take full advantage of the many events held at American Progress.

Applicants should have strong research, writing, and organizational skills and should pay careful attention to detail.

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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