We’re a small team and produce both The Progressive magazine (a 109-year-old nationally-read print publication) and a news-oriented website, so offer lots of opportunities for interns. We look for candidates with an interest in current events and progressive politics, the ability to work independently, and a sense of humor.

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Credit and Stipend Compensation:

Interns are expected to work 100 hours throughout the semester, or a minimum of 10 hours a week during the summer. The Progressive is dedicated to providing internships that meet the qualification for earning academic credit. Staff will help hired interns apply and complete requirements to earn internship credit for their college’s equivalent course. In addition to receiving credit, interns at The Progressive also earn a $500 semesterly stipend. Arrangements can be made if an intern is not seeking academic credit.

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

Editorial Internship 

Our editorial interns are critical members of our editorial team. Responsibilities include editing and fact checking, attending editorial meetings, researching stories, and planning content. Depending on level of interest many of our interns research and write stories for the website and the magazine. Editorial interns also participate in creating and posting content for the website and social media.

Useful Skills: Editing, fact-checking, and writing experience. Familiarity with alternative media and progressive politics. Visual and text-based storytelling, infographic or video design/production, and image editing.

To apply please email a cover letter, resumé as a single PDF document titled: ‘last name, first name - Editorial Internship _semester-year’ to Jess Pernsteiner at Please include 2-3 writing samples, or links to published articles.

Digital Media Internship

The digital media intern assists the editors in 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. Responsibilities include creating and posting content for our website and social media; researching and implementing social media and audience engagement strategies, attending editorial and web business team meetings, and participating in discussions to increase web traffic, subscribers, and donations. If candidates has experience creating video content and are interested in creating original pieces for our website, we would welcome an opportunity to work with them.

Useful Skills: Social media literacy, strong writing skills, comfortable working with websites. Additional useful skills include visual and text-based storytelling, infographic or video design and production, and image editing.

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

Publishing Internship 

The publishing intern works with the Publisher and Office Manager in running a well-organized, small non-profit office helping produce a historic and nationally-read publication. Tasks including assisting in organizing op ed writing workshops across Wisconsin, maintaining social media, and working with subscriber data and fund-raising initiatives.

Useful Skills: Ability to prioritize tasks and work independently, excellent phone etiquette, enthusiasm and commitment to the multiple tasks of running an office, sound grasp of grammar, critical thinking and letter-writing skills.

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


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