Early Childhood Policy Internship

  • Department: Early Childhood
  • Position classification: Internship


Early Childhood Policy interns serve as fully engaged members of the Early Childhood Policy team and are vital to its work. Interns will have the opportunity to delve into a variety of projects and gain valuable knowledge and understanding of key issues facing the nation. The Early Childhood Policy team works at the federal, state, and local levels. Though not limited to this list, the team focuses on the following issues: home visiting, access to affordable and high-quality child care, universal preschool, and the early childhood workforce.

Early Childhood Policy interns will learn many of the basic skills needed to become a public policy professional in a progressive nonprofit. They are involved in all core activities of the team and are assigned day-to-day activities to help integrate them into the work.

Typical responsibilities include:

  • Contribute to memos, blog posts, columns, event summaries, and reports.
  • Carry out web-based research on various issue areas.
  • Compile and manipulate data in Microsoft Excel.
  • Compose rapid-response communications.
  • Update fact sheets, talking points, and documents on current topics related to early childhood policy.
  • Enhance the team’s social media presence on platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.
  • Research state legislative actions and policies to support American Progress’ state strategy.
  • Support advocacy efforts related to the Child Care for Working Families Act and the broader movement for child care.

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, op-ed, or blog post for the website. Interns on the Early Childhood Policy team are also encouraged to take full advantage of the many events at American Progress, as well as events, briefings, and hearings that take place on the Hill and throughout Washington, D.C.

Applicants should have strong research, writing, and organizational skills and demonstrate 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.

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.