Internships

The Progressive is proud of its long-running internship program, which has helped launch young writers and editors who go on to work with diverse organizations all over the country. Our graduates work for The Wall Street Journal, The Nation, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Capital Times, and Center for Popular Democracy among other establishments. 

Our Madison-based team produces both The Progressive magazine (a 110-year-old nationally-read print publication) and our website, offering several news and analysis pieces posted daily to over 200,000 visitors a month. This work, plus our Public School Shakedown and Progressive Media Project, offer many opportunities for creative and motivated interns. We are looking for candidates interested in current events and progressive politics, with solid clips and references, and able to work both collaboratively and independently. Flexibility and a sense of humor a must.

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Digital Media Internship - Accepting applications for Summer 2019

Do you like to make digital things? We are looking for a digital media intern with experience in graphic design, data visualization, graphic storytelling, video, or infographics to work with the editors in creating and posting original content. Opportunities include: authoring original digital content for our nation-wide website and social media, researching and experimenting with social media and audience engagement strategies, creating art for our online stories, attending editorial meetings, and working with writers and our New-York-based Art Director to create content.

Useful Skills: Visual and text-based storytelling, infographic or video design and production, image editing, social media literacy, strong writing skills, and comfort working with websites.

Editorial Internship - Accepting applications for Summer 2019

Our editorial intern is a critical member of our editorial team. Responsibilities include editing and fact checking, attending editorial meetings, writing and researching stories, and planning content. 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.

Publishing Internship - Filled 

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 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.

Public School Shakedown Internship - Accepting applications for Summer 2019

Our Public School Shakedown project supports a diverse group of writers and bloggers who contribute pieces to our website on the importance of public education for democracy. This position involves planning, creating, and posting content on our website, and social media for our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. We’re looking for someone who is social media savvy and comfortable in the world of alternative media and progressive ideas, and ideally, is familiar with the challenges facing public education today.

Useful Skills: Social media literacy, strong writing skills, comfortable working with websites and multiple social media platforms.

To Apply (all positions):

Please email cover letter and resumé—including links to or samples of work—as a single PDF document. Please title it following this naming convention: Last name, first name - Name of internship _Semester-Year. Email it to Jess Pernsteiner, Office Manager at: jess@progressive.org. 

*Digital Media & Editorial Internship Applicants: Please include 2-3 samples of your work!

Credit and Stipend Compensation: Interns are expected to work 100 hours over 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 stipend. If academic credit will not be received, The Progressive will offer fair compensation based on hours worked.

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* The Progressive, Inc. is an equal opportunity emplyer. 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