Democracy and Government Reform Internship, Center for American Progress (Washington, DC)


American Progress’ Democracy and Government Reform team focuses on advancing policy reforms and solutions that help make government more responsive and accountable. The team works on a wide range of issues including voting rights, redistricting, money in politics, lobbying, and government ethics. Democracy and Government Reform includes Legal Progress, the judiciary policy program at American Progress. No matter the policy issue, the judiciary will continue to play an important role in the lives of hardworking Americans, as well as in the success of a progressive legislative agenda. Through legal and policy analyses, communications, and public education, Legal Progress helps push the U.S. legal system in a more progressive direction and educates the public about the courts’ impact on issues they care about most.

Interns will learn many of the basic skills needed to become a public policy professional for a progressive nonprofit. They will assist the Democracy and Government Reform team across a variety of projects that involve coalition building, advocacy work, and research. They will also have an opportunity to work with policymakers, legal experts, and allied organizations to help promote a progressive judiciary. Interns are encouraged to attend the many events at American Progress, as well as events, briefings, and hearings that take place on Capitol Hill and throughout Washington, D.C. Whenever possible, interns are encouraged to write about the team’s policy priorities, either as a contributor to a larger piece or as the individual author of a column for the website.


The team is considering candidates with undergraduate, graduate, and law school experience. Each intern’s role is tailored to their experience and will further their professional development. Applicants should have strong research, writing, and organizational skills and demonstrate careful attention to detail.


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

For Summer 2020 internships, apply by February 14, 2020. Click here for more information and to apply.

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