Press Internship

  • Department: Communications
  • Position classification: Internship


The Press team pursues progressive change by connecting American Progress’ experts, ideas, events, and publications with the media and the public. The team works to develop and execute comprehensive and innovative communications strategies to get American Progress’ policy priorities the attention they deserve.

To promote American Progress’ work, the Press team distills complex ideas into digestible messages and uses traditional and new media strategies—including writing press releases, advisories, and statements; pitching experts to TV, radio, print, and online outlets; and promoting ideas on social media—to make sure that American Progress’ messages reach leaders in Washington, advocates across the country, and everyday Americans.

Press interns will learn many of the basic skills needed to become a communications professional at a progressive nonprofit. They are involved in all core activities of the Press team and are assigned day-to-day activities to help integrate them into the work. Interns will help monitor news stories, compile news clips, develop targeted press lists, staff American Progress events, assist with preparing interview briefing materials, shadow expert interviews on TV and radio, and much more.

Other duties may include conducting targeted research and attending policy team meetings, congressional hearings, panels, and events that take place on the Hill and throughout Washington, D.C.

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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