Center for American Progress Internship Program

About us: Founded by John D. Podesta in 2003 to provide long-term leadership and support to
the progressive movement, the Center for American Progress is headed by Neera Tanden and
based in Washington, D.C.

Who we are: CAP is dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through progressive ideas and
action. Building on the achievements of progressive pioneers such as Teddy Roosevelt and Martin
Luther King Jr., our work addresses 21st century challenges such as energy, national security,
economic growth and opportunity, immigration, education, and health care. We develop new
policy ideas, critique the policy that stems from conservative values, and challenge the media to
cover the issues that truly matter and shape the national debate.
What we believe: As progressives we believe America is a land of boundless opportunity, where
people can better themselves, their children, their families, and their communities through
education, hard work, and the freedom to climb the ladder of economic mobility. We believe an
open and effective government can champion the common good over narrow self-interest,
harness the strength of our diversity, and secure the rights and safety of its people. And we
believe our nation must always be a beacon of hope and strength to the rest of the world.
Progressives are idealistic enough to believe change is possible and practical enough to make it

Internship program: One very important goal of American Progress is to inspire and educate the next generation of progressive Americans. CAP offers full- and part-time internships each
summer and academic semester. All undergraduate and master’s-level students and J.D. and
Ph.D. candidates are eligible to apply. Successful applicants will be bright, highly motivated
scholars with strong academic records and an interest and aptitude for public policy and/or
political communication. Interns will be directly engaged with the Center’s policy experts and
participate in a variety of activities including research, writing, and web-based projects. They will
gain hands-on experience by directly participating in the many diverse activities that progressive
nonprofits engage in. American Progress offers a smallstipend to reimburse interns for expenses
directly related to their internship.

Intern applicants can apply for placement in the following departments:
CAP Action
Economic Policy
Education Policy
Energy and Environment
Enough Project
Ethnic Media
External Affairs
Faith and Progressive Policy
Generation Progress
Half in Ten Campaign
Health Policy
Legal Progress
National Security and International Policy
Progress 2050
Technical Support
Web Producer
Web Technology Developer
Washington Center for Equitable Growth
Women’s Health and Rights
Woman’s Initiative

Additional information can be found here:

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