Opportunities

Open positions:

Office Manager

The Progressive magazine is seeking an industrious office manager to join our business team in publishing this historic, nationally-read print and online magazine. 

This is a full-time, union-salaried position based in Madison, Wisconsin. Compensation package includes: Starting salary $32,000 annually, fully covered health insurance, plus a generous vacation and 401K plan.

The office manager works under the direction of the publisher and the editor-in-chief.

They perform duties as required to maintain smooth functioning of the office, including acting as front-desk receptionist, staffing phones, maintaining office equipment, handling mail, and organizing reports for the Board of Directors and for the Progressive Media Project.

The office manager coordinates events in conjunction with other business staff, including Progressive Media Project workshops, Fighting Bob Fest events, and fundraisers. They maintain calendars of key projects for the organization, publisher, and editor, and assist with projects and correspondence as needed and directed.

  • Strong applicants will have the following skills and characteristics:
  • Knowledge of and participation in progressive politics
  • Sense of humor and flexibility in responding to subscriber customer service needs
  • Ability to prioritize tasks as they arise, and maintain well-organized schedules for staff, meetings, and projects
  • Sound grasp of grammar, critical thinking, communication and letter-writing skills
  • Accuracy when relaying messages to staff and excellent phone etiquette
  • Capacity to learn new technologies and implement administrative processes
  • Knowledge of event organizing and basic fundraising
  • Familiarity with recruiting, training and managing interns
  • Practice with meticulous data management and entry  

To apply, please email a cover letter and resumé titled ‘last name, first name - office_management’ as a single PDF document to jobs@progressive.org by Friday, July 14th. Email subject line: 'Office Manager - last name, first name'

Editorial Internship - Fall 2017

The Progressive magazine is seeking an editorial intern to work with our editorial team. We’re a small staff that creates a national publication, and we have excellent opportunities for an intern to be involved in all aspects of our editorial process.

Responsibilities:

  • 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

Credit and Stipend Compensation

The Progressive provides 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 and resumé as a PDF file titled “last name, first name - editorial_fall2017” to Lizzie Kunze at intern@progressive.org. Writing samples submitted with cover letter and resumé are required.

Online Media Internship - Fall 2017

The Progressive magazine is seeking a social media intern for the Fall Semester.

We're a small team that creates a nationally-read print publication and website, so we offer big opportunities for growth to online media interns. We’re looking for someone who is social media savvy and comfortable in the world of alternative media and progressive ideas.

Responsibilities:

  • Planning, creating, and posting content for our website and social media; this will require some archival work with past issues of The Progressive magazine (a 108-year-old publication)
  • 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 or blogs
  • Awareness of current events in Wisconsin and nationwide
  • Sense of humor and flexibility to respond to changes in the news cycle

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 and resumé as a PDF file titled ‘last name, first name - social_media_fall2017’ to Lizzie Kunze at intern@progressive.org. Writing samples submitted with cover letter and resumé are preferred, but not required.

Business Internship - Fall 2017

The Progressive magazine is seeking two business interns for the summer 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.

Internship responsibilities include:

  • Answering the phone, and relaying messages to staff
  • 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
  • Assisting in organizing op-ed writing workshops across Wisconsin
  • Communicating subscriber needs to our fulfillment house
  • Researching media influencers for magazine content promotion
  • Writing social media promotional content for magazine articles
  • Executing social media promotion of magazine content
  • Organizing and maintaining donor research and data
  • Drafting letters to donors to thank them for their contributions  

Strong applicants will have the following characteristics:

  • Ability to prioritize tasks as they are assigned
  • Excellent phone etiquette and accuracy when relaying messages
  • Knowledge of progressive politics
  • Sense of humor and flexibility in responding to changes in volume of work
  • 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
  • Reliability and punctuality

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.

To apply, please email a cover letter and resumé titled ‘last name, first name - office_management_fall2017’ as a single PDF document to Lizzie Kunze at intern@progressive.org. Writing samples submitted with cover letter and resumé are preferred, but not required.

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—Fighting Bob LaFollette 1924

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