The Development team works to ensure that American Progress has the financial resources to meet its mission. The team maintains relationships with members of the progressive philanthropic community, connects them to the work and staff of American Progress, and makes the case for investing in the organization’s long-term goals.
Development interns learn many of the basic skills it takes to become a development professional in a progressive nonprofit from a front-row seat. The work of the Development team requires constant communication with all departments, and interns will be exposed to people and work being done across the organization. They are involved in all core activities of the team and are assigned day-to-day activities to help integrate them into the work. These may include managing American Progress’ donor database; staying up-to-date on the activities of the organization’s various policy teams; researching prospective donors across all fundraising channels; assisting with meetings, events, and fundraisers; and other duties as assigned.
Other duties may include conducting targeted research and reporting on policy meetings, seminars, hearings, and lectures. Whenever possible, interns are encouraged to write on the subject of their choice either as a contributor to a larger final piece or as an individual author of a column for the website.
The Development team brings plenty of energy to CAP’s atmosphere and is enthusiastic about supporting its mission. Interns will not only be integrated into the team and its work but will also have the support of resourceful, knowledgeable staff.
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
- 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.
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.