LGBT Policy Internship

  • Department: LGBT
  • Position classification: Internship


Interns with the LGBT Research and Communications Project at American Progress serve as fully engaged members of the team and are vital to its work. The main focuses of the team’s strategic work include ensuring equal protection under the law for LGBTQ people; combating the spread of harmful religious exemption laws and policies, particularly in health care and child welfare settings; and protecting the health and economic security of LGBTQ people, especially low-income communities, people with disabilities, transgender people, older adults, and immigrants. The LGBT team engages in advocacy at the federal, state, and local levels of government.

Interns with the LGBT team have the opportunity to delve into a variety of policy and research projects and gain valuable knowledge and understanding of key LGBTQ issues facing the nation. Interns will learn many of the basic skills needed to work as a policy professional at a progressive nonprofit. LGBT Policy interns will engage in research, writing, and other support as needed. Interns are 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.

Other duties may include conducting targeted research and keeping the team up to date on new information from policy meetings, seminars, hearings, and lectures. Previous interns have published their work as contributors to larger pieces, or even on occasion as the individual author of stand-alone columns 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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