Welcome to the coolest internship experience. Ever. Besides getting substantive work experience, Campus Progress interns get a stipend, access to special events like film screenings and conferences, and the opportunity to use words like "substantive" on a daily basis.
Past interns have interviewed and/or attended events with President Barack Obama, Leader Nancy Pelosi, Noam Chomsky, Ryan Gosling, Talib Kweli, President Bill Clinton, Amy Goodman, Samantha Power, Senator Tom Daschle, and our very own John Podesta.
- The chance to learn valuable skills and work for progressive change
- A cash stipend and Metro pass
- Fun working environment with a staff of 20-somethings
- A community of 50+ interns like you
- The chance to facebook like it's your job (because it might be)
Interning at Campus Progress
Intern applicants can apply for placement in the following areas of Campus Progress:
POLICY AND POLITICS: IDEAS
Our newly expanded policy program is our hub for progressive youth-driven public policy. This program allows young leaders to develop policy solutions and offer a proactive vision for a more just society.
Policy interns work with the Deputy Director and communications team to research, write and publish issue briefs, white papers, and policy recommendations, as well as attend White House and Hill briefings relevant to our core campaign areas.
Our on-campus organizing program is a key component of Campus Progress. Our Action Network (formerly Action Alliance) identifies and supports on-campus youth-led progressive organizations working for social change. Our advocacy program also works with youth-led organizations to build community organizing power at the local, state, and national level. Our national advocacy program engages young people in issue-based mobilization campaigns in our three core areas of economic justice, human and civil rights, and democracy.
Advocacy interns help to plan and execute local and national events that promote progressive values and leadership and train our network on the skills they need to advance their work. Advocacy interns also assist with coordinating activities that engage our network— conference calls, webinars, online outreach, etc. They can also write for the blogs about issues and policy relevant to our core campaign areas.
Communications is a huge focus for Campus Progress. Raising our voices on hot issues and teaching our generation how to effectively communicate our values is critical. Our communications work is divided into two primary areas, online organizing and advocacy and covering breaking news on our websites, www.CampusProgress.org and www.PushBack.org. Our young writers have the opportunity to build their communications skills and raise the voice and stories of young people around the country.
Interns in the communications team will be assigned one of the following roles, based on skill and interest:
Editorial interns produce articles, blog posts, Campus Informers, and original photo essays for campusprogress.org and Pushback. Editorial interns assist in editing content by other contributors, as well as cover events in DC for the blog.
Press interns compile and distribute daily Clips, assist with crafting press releases, statements, and other media advisories. Press interns also help with coordinating and conducting outreach for press calls and events.
Online Communications interns produce photos, rotators and other featured images (for use in emails, etc.) and other multimedia content for campusprogress.org and Pushback, as well as assist with the creation of infographics and execution of social media outreach. Photoshop experience necessary, html a plus.
Video/Multimedia interns produce short-length and rapid-response videos as necessary, assist with other multimedia work, including the production of online art, graphics, and photo essays. Video interns also work to identify and complete a long-term video project that advances CP’s mission. Photoshop and Final Cut Pro experience necessary, Motion or After Effects a plus.
Journalism Network interns assist with a wide variety of tasks related to the day-to-day administration of the Journalism Network, including the planning of training events, drafting press releases, evaluating the quality of grantees, and assisting with other logistical and administrative projects.
From the Horse's Mouth
We asked interns what the high points of their internships were, and this is what they said:
- Watching President Barack Obama sign the Student Loan Bill into law
- Watching Ryan Gosling walk by my desk on his way to the bathroom (yes, there were angels singing in the background)
- Meeting President Clinton
- Calling President Bush and Ann Coulter and asking them to speak at our conference
- Sorting staffers into Hogwarts Houses
- Lobbying on the hill to end the war
- Speaking at a college affordability press conference with Senator Harkin
- Beating the Heritage Foundation in softball
- Tabling at the Virgin Festival
- Introducing the Media that Matters Film Festival
- Having my Campus Progress website story picked up by The Nation
Here's one intern's story:
"I have been working as a web intern at Campus Progress and these have been some of the most challenging and rewarding months of my life. There is a lot of responsibility and the job is often deadline-oriented, but it has also presented me many opportunities for creativity and the pursuit of my own project ideas....Through all this I've been able to work with fun, dedicated, and highly supportive people, and to participate in some great events like our annual conference, all kinds of film screenings, and a free-food-eating contest which Wonkette deemed to be a "dehumanizing spectacle."
How to Apply
Eligibility: All undergraduate and masters-level students as well as recent graduates are eligible to apply. International students must have INS authorization to work in the United States.
Application Process: Campus Progress interns are placed through the Center for American Progress' Aaron Foundation Internship Program. To apply, please submit the materials below and in part IV of the application, list Campus Progress as your preferred placement along with the specific position within Campus Progress you are interested in.
1) Internship Application (links below)
2) Cover Letter and Resume
3) Writing Sample of approximately 3 pages (your own words, unedited)
4) College or University Transcript (unofficial is acceptable)
5) 2-3 References (please provide both the phone and email contact information and please include a Professor or other individual familiar with your work)
February 15: recommended deadline for Summer applications.
August 15: recommended deadline for Fall applications
November 15: recommended deadline for Winter applications
December 15: recommended deadline for Spring applications
Summer: June – August
Fall: September – December
Winter: January – March
Spring: January – May
Please send completed application materials to the Intern Director via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to:
Center for American Progress
ATTN: Internship Director
1333 H Street, NW
10 th Floor
Washington , DC 20005