The Press team pursues progressive change by connecting American Progress’ experts, ideas, events, and publications with the media and the public. The team works to develop and execute comprehensive and innovative communications strategies to get American Progress’ policy priorities the attention they deserve.
To promote American Progress’ work, the Press team distills complex ideas into digestible messages and uses traditional and new media strategies—including writing press releases, advisories, and statements; pitching experts to TV, radio, print, and online outlets; and promoting ideas on social media—to make sure that American Progress’ messages reach leaders in Washington, advocates across the country, and everyday Americans.
Press interns will learn many of the basic skills needed to become a communications professional at a progressive nonprofit. They are involved in all core activities of the Press team and are assigned day-to-day activities to help integrate them into the work. Interns will help monitor news stories, compile news clips, develop targeted press lists, staff American Progress events, assist with preparing interview briefing materials, shadow expert interviews on TV and radio, and much more.
Other duties may include conducting targeted research and attending policy team meetings, congressional hearings, panels, and events that take place on the Hill and throughout Washington, D.C.