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March 16, 2021

Reports to: Senior Director Of Communications & Digital Strategy, Generation Progress

Department: Generation Progress

Position classification: Internship

Location: Virtual



American Progress has an immediate opening for an intern for the Generation Progress team. Interns with Generation Progress will have the opportunity to expand their organizing and communications skills across all issues important to young people in the progressive movement. Internship responsibilities include creating website content; helping to organize events and rallies; drafting and pitching op-eds; drafting blog posts and other written products; creating flyers and shareables; and tracking media for the team.

With the Generation Progress Communications subteam, interns will engage in brainstorming creative social media campaigns that will energize young people across the country. This internship provides a good sense of how politics and media interact within the Washington policy sphere. Interns will also work with the Generation Progress Organizing subteam to brainstorm creative rapid-response and long-term grassroots actions and engagement tactics. On any given day, interns may go from researching why a certain policy would be helpful to young people, to joining a rally outside the White House to fight back against harmful policies.


  • Write and publish on the Generation Progress website.
  • Learn the ins and outs of a radio studio by helping with Generation Progress’ weekly radio show.
  • Assist at Generation Progress’ high-profile events.
  • Check in press at events.
  • Edit policy reports.
  • Draft fun and innovative social media posts, including shareables and other graphics.
  • Draft op-eds and blog posts.
  • Help to improve and update the team’s websites.
  • Compile resources for Generation Progress action toolkits.
  • Compile and send out press clips.
  • Attend all-staff press team meetings and learn about big press shops.
  • Meet with student groups.
  • Attend leadership training with American Progress interns or other young leaders in Washington, D.C.
  • Help organize rallies and events outside of the U.S. Supreme Court and the White House and in various states.
  • Use the voter database, NGP VAN, to update Generation Progress’ youth lists and track the team’s actions.
  • Research youth statistical data and run citation checks..

Requirements and qualifications:

  •  Current pursuance of Associates, Bachelors, Masters or Doctorate degree
  •  Excellent research, writing and editing skills.
  • Interest in (Issue area) policy, advocacy, and communications.
  • Ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines.
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Self-starter who takes initiative and seeks direction as needed.
  • Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook.
  •  Ability to diagnose problems and identify creative solutions.
  • Commitment to American Progress’  and Generation Progress’ mission and goals.

American Progress interns are paid at the D.C. minimum wage rate of $15 per hour. American Progress interns receive paid time off for applicable holidays.

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 For more information on the Center for American Progress Action Fund, please go to

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