American Prospect Internship (Editorial, Digital Engagement)



Hours per week

Full-time or part-time




District of Columbia
United States


Editorial and digital interns assist the editorial department with fact-checking and research for the print magazine and also assist with the daily production of The American Prospect's website. Knowledge of HTML is a plus, as is research or fact-checking experience. Interns are encouraged to contribute editorially and participate in meetings in addition to pursuing their own projects under the guidance of staff members. We encourage interns to fully integrate themselves into the operations of the magazine while taking full advantage of the events and hearings only available in Washington, D.C.

The Prospect offers an editorial internship and a digital engagement/social media internship. Digital interns will work closely with the editorial interns, and are also encouraged to contribute editorially and assist in fact-checking and research for the print magazine. Please specify in your application if you are interested in the editorial or the digital internship. 


The American Prospect’s mission is summed up in the phrase “liberal intelligence” that runs under the logo on the magazine’s cover. We aim to advance liberal and progressive goals through reporting, analysis, and debate about today’s realities and tomorrow’s possibilities.

Founded in 1990 by Robert Kuttner, Paul Starr, and Robert Reich, the Prospect publishes print and digital editions of the magazine four times a year. The online Prospect offers additional coverage and commentary on a daily basis. Kuttner and Starr, the magazine’s original co-editors, resumed their roles as of the fall 2014 issue.

From its inception, the Prospect has had a prescriptive focus that distinguishes it from many other publications. (Read the original 1989 prospectus for the magazine.) We look for articles that make sense of the world and illuminate what could be done to repair it. Much of what we publish concerns the relation between policy and politics: how to build public support for policies that serve the greater good. We pay particular attention to efforts to renew American democracy and civic life and to revitalize the social movements that can help achieve a more just society.

The Prospect also seeks to develop young writers, in part through the Writing Fellows program that we established in 1997. We take as much pride in the young journalists who started out at the magazine as we do in the many well-recognized figures whose work appears in our pages.

How To Apply

This is a internship with flexible hours and a $1,400 monthly stipend (for full-time work). The American Prospect will assist in arranging for academic or work-study credit whenever possible.

Applicants should have an interest in politics and journalism. People of color, women, and LGBTQ people are strongly encouraged to apply. To apply, please mail or e-mail a cover letterresume; and two printable writing samples (not links, preferably clips) to Amanda Teuscher at

Dates of Program: January through mid- to late May (exact dates are flexible)

Deadline: Friday, November 9, 2018 (applications considered on a rolling basis)