External Affairs Internship

  • Position classification: Internship


The External Affairs team amplifies American Progress’ policy voice by forging relationships with progressive groups, think tanks, scholars, community leaders, and elected officials at the federal, state, and local levels. The department raises awareness of the organization and its work, while connecting staff with progressive allies.

External Affairs interns learn many of the basic skills it takes to work at a progressive nonprofit from a front-row seat. The External Affairs team is looking for students with interest in all of the areas listed below. Interns will also collaborate with External Affairs-related policy teams, including Half in Ten, LGBT Progress, and the Crime and Firearm Policy team. Ideal candidates should have a strong interest in the intersection of policy and outreach.

Government affairs and coalition relations

The Government Affairs team advances American Progress’ policies at the federal, state, and local levels. In addition to working with elected leaders and their staff, American Progress strives to partner with other organizations that advocate for progressive goals and priorities. Interns are needed for projects such as short web-based research assignments, contact management, tracking legislation, and providing briefing materials on topics as assigned. Ideal candidates will have strong research and writing skills, as well as an interest in legislative processes.

Constituent relationship management and email marketing

The Constituent Relationship Management, or CRM, team manages the development of American Progress’ CRM system and related technologies. The Email team is responsible for American Progress’ email marketing and dissemination. This team needs assistance with the email marketing portfolio, maintenance of the organization’s contact database, research to improve American Progress’ outreach capabilities, as well as administrative and list maintenance tasks. Ideal candidates will have technical experience with a CRM platform, particularly Salesforce, and email marketing.

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.

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.