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2021 Editorial Internships

The American Prospect is devoted to promoting informed discourse on public-policy matters from a progressive perspective through narrative interpretation of complex issues. We don’t just make magazines, we make a difference. 

The Prospect hosts three classes of interns each year with flexible dates ranging from January to April; May to August; and September to December. 

Editorial interns assist with research, fact-checking, social media, data entry and library services for both the print magazine and the daily website. Interns are encouraged to contribute editorially, writing book briefs and articles as assigned, and participating in generating story ideas, as well as pursuing their own projects under the guidance of Prospect staff. We encourage interns to fully integrate themselves into the Prospect’s editorial operations while taking full advantage of the public events only available in Washington, D.C.

This is the perfect internship for journalism, political science, and economics majors. Juniors, seniors and grad students are encouraged to apply. Full and part time internships available; stipend is $70 per day. 

Here's what recent interns have to say:  

The Prospect's internship presents an amazing opportunity to work closely with writers and editors who are invested in your development as a journalist. I got the chance to pitch stories I cared about and to get invaluable advice about the best way to bring them into fruition.
Shera Avi-Yonah, Class of 2021, Summer 2020 intern
All of the work I did at the Prospect felt valuable, and the staff both trusted me with important responsibilities and helped me grow as a reporter and as a writer. This is an opportunity to work alongside an amazing team of journalists and editors and develop essential skills while doing so.
Blaise Malley, Class of 2020, Summer 2020
Under the Prospect's editors, I developed my ability to research and highlight the political importance in the issues I value as a journalist. I fact-checked a story that broke news, ran a Twitter account followed by over 50,000 people, and wrote pieces that drew the attention of advocacy groups and other media outlets. Through this internship, I became more certain of who I am both as a person and journalist.
Alex Rouhandeh, Class of 2020, Summer 2020 intern

Your TAP Internship application includes...

  • Your résumé.
  • Three writing samples.
  • Consider clips or posts, academic papers and unpublished pieces. 
  • And, a letter about yourself that also answers these questions:
  • What magazines, newspapers and websites do you read regularly?
  • Who are your intellectual and political heroes?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years and why?

Click to submit your application.

The deadline for the summer session is Monday, March 29, 2021.

The American Prospect prioritizes attracting diverse talent and cultivating an inclusive environment that encourages collaboration and creativity. All qualified applicants will be considered, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetics, age, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other such characteristic.