Opportunities

Open positions:

Associate Editor

Full-time, union position that assists the editorial operations of The Progressive, a national political magazine. Help to ensure The Progressive is part of the conversation on current events by writing, editing, and working with other editors to assign pieces for the magazine and website, as well as crafting a social media presence that best features our writers and our editorial voice.

Specific tasks

  • Work directly with outside writers in writing, rewriting, editing, and copyediting material;
  • Propose possible article ideas and authors;
  • Read and review submissions for possible publication;
  • Do research and fact-checking as needed;
  • Report and write articles and general editorial copy for The Progressive and progressive.org;
  • Work with editorial interns on tasks involving writing and editing;
  • Monitor and keep in touch with activist events and organizations around the country;
  • Supervise and edit the “On The Line” section for the magazine and website.

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. This position works as a member of an existing editorial staff team and is supervised by the Editor-in-chief.

To apply

Submit cover letter, resume, writing samples, and three references to: jobs@progressive.org to arrive by Friday, March 24th, 2017 at 5pm CST in order to assure consideration. Interviews will take place in Madison, Wisconsin in late-March or early-April. The Progressive, Inc. is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Social Media Intern - Spring/Summer 2017

The Progressive magazine is seeking a social media intern to begin in April. Applications are accepted until the position is filled.

We're a small team that creates a nationally-read print publication and website, so we offer big opportunities for growth to social 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 distribution on 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, keeping an eye on comments, connecting with readers
  • Researching social media and audience engagement strategies
  • Attending editorial meetings and participating in discussions to develop social media
  • Collaborating with the business team to increase web traffic, newsletter subscribers and online donations
  • Writing posts for our website

Useful skills

  • Social media literacy with Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Medium, Tumblr, Reddit
  • Visual storytelling, infographic design & image editing
  • 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 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.

To apply

Please email a cover letter and resumé as a pdf titled with your name and "social_media_springsummer2017" to Lizzie Kunze. Writing samples are preferred, but not required. 

Editorial Intern - Summer 2017

The Progressive 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, 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

Important skills

  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Familiarity with alternative media and progressive politics

Credit and 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.

To apply

Please email a cover letter and resumé as a pdf titled with your name and "editorial_summer2017" to Lizzie Kunze. Writing samples submitted with cover letter and resumé are required.

Development Internship Summer 2017

As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, The Progressive relies upon the generosity of readers and like-minded funders; and our business team is seeking an editorial intern to contribute to The Progressive’s fundraising operations.

Responsibilities

  • Assisting the development director in the acquisition of contributions, grants, planned giving, and major gifts.  
  • Learning and completing database management, donor research, grant & proposal writing, donor cultivation, direct mail, and the creation and execution of an annual campaign.  
  • Working with the business department team to create mechanisms and messages that continue to promote the reputation of The Progressive across the nation.

Useful skills

Applicants should be organized and outgoing.  They should have a passion for progressive issues, independent media, and fundraising to make a difference.  Past fundraising experience not necessary, although helpful.

Credit and 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.

To apply

Please email a cover letter and resumé as a pdf titled with your name and "development_summer2017" to Lizzie Kunze

Business Internship Summer 2017

The Progressive magazine is seeking an office management intern for the Summer Semester to assist the office manager in running a well-organized, small non-profit office that creates a historic and nationally-read publication.

Responsibilities

  • 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
  • Drafting social media content for op-ed workshops and publication promotion
  • Completing in-house mailings to subscribers and donors with direction from the development director

Useful skills

  • 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

Credit and 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.

To apply

Please email a cover letter and resumé as a pdf titled with your name and "office_management_summer2017" to Lizzie Kunze

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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

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