About Our Internships:

We're a small team that creates The Progressive magazine (a 108-year-old nationally-read print publication) and website, so we offer big opportunities for growth to our interns. We look for candidates that have an interest in current events, knoweldge of progressive politics, ability to work independently and sense of humor and flexibility.

Credit and Stipend Compensation:

The Progressive is dedicated to providing internships that meet the qualifications for earning academic credit. If hired, staff will help interns apply and complete requirements to earn J697 internship credit or your college’s equivalent course. Interns at The Progressive also earn a $500 semesterly stipend.

Application Process:

To apply, please email a cover letter, resumé as a single PDF document titled: ‘last name, first name - Internship Position_semester-year’ to Jess Pernsteiner at 

Please note:

*For Digital Media Internship: include sample of work in PDF document

*For Editorial Internship: include writing sample in PDF document

*For Online Media and Publishing Internships: writing sample is preferred, but not required

Available Positions:

Digital Media Internship

We’re looking for someone who is digital media savvy and comfortable in the world of alternative media and progressive ideas. This is a new position that will assist the editors in creating online visual content for our website and social media, and we need a self-starter. We expect that an intern would create 1-3 pieces of online media content (interactive maps, video, graphs) published on our website for the semester. 


• Brainstorming, researching, and creating content for our website and social media

• Attending editorial meetings and participating in discussions about web content

Useful Skills:

• Visual storytelling, graphic design & video/image editing

• Strong communication skills

• Comfortable working with websites, problem-solving and working independently 

Online Media Internship

The online media intern assists the Online Media Editor and Associate Editor in planning, creating and posting content for our website and social media. We’re looking for someone who is social media savvy and comfortable in the world of alternative media and progressive ideas.


• Planning, creating, and posting content for our website and social media; this will require some archival work with past issues of The Progressive magazine 

• Assisting with Facebook and Twitter accounts, replying to comments, connecting with readers

• Researching and implementing social media and audience engagement strategies

• Attending editorial and business team meetings and participating in discussions to increase web traffic, subscribers and donations

• Updating and managing online magazine content

Useful Skills:

• Social media literacy with Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Medium, Tumblr, Reddit

• Visual and text-based storytelling, infographic design & image editing

• Strong writing and editing skills

• Comfortable working with websites and blogs

Publishing Internship- Filled for Fall 2017, check back in October for Spring 2018

The publishing intern for the fall semester to assist the Office Manager and Publisher in running a well-organized, small non-profit office that creates a historic and nationally-read publication.


• Assisting in organizing op-ed writing workshops across Wisconsin

• Executing social media promotion of magazine content

• Researching media influencers for magazine content promotion

• Writing social media promotional content for magazine articles

• Managing data from online articles and op-eds for grant reporting

• Writing follow-up letters to submissions received from freelance writers

• Responding to letters received from inmates requesting legal help

• Communicating subscriber needs to our fulfillment house

• Organizing and maintaining donor research and data

• Drafting letters to donors to thank them for their contributions  

Useful Skills:

• Ability to prioritize tasks as they are assigned

• Excellent phone etiquette and accuracy when relaying messages

• Desire to learn the basics of running an office - a useful skill to those entering the job market

• Sound grasp of grammar, critical thinking and letter-writing skills

Editorial Internship- Filled for Fall 2017, check back in October for Spring 2018

The editorial intern for the fall semester to work with the majority of our editorial team.


• Participating in editing and fact-checking stories

• Helping to write blurbs, teasers, headlines, and other editorial content as needed

• Attending editorial meetings and participating in discussion

• Participating in editorial planning

• Suggesting stories and helping to edit copy for the magazine and web articles

Useful Skills:

• Strong writing and editing skills

• Familiarity with alternative media and progressive politics

The Progressive, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities and veterans are encouraged to apply.


fighting bob

We must be aggressive for what is right, if government is to be saved from those who are aggressive for what is wrong. There is work for everyone. The field is large. It is a glorious service, this service for the country.

—Fighting Bob LaFollette 1924