Progressive Pipeline Congressional Staffing Project

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $40,000
Maximum: $85,000
Details: These ranges are broad because final determinations are made based on specific positions and the norms in particular offices



Start Date


Application Deadline



U.S. House of Representatives

United States


A “blue wave” this November could bring transformative change to Washington. But, to realize the potential, it’s not only necessary to win elections. It’s also necessary to plan for what happens after Democratic gains are made in one or both houses on Capitol Hill.

With projected Democratic gains in November, there will likely be a necessity to hire upwards of 150 new legislative policy staffers. To meet this requirement, we’ll need a major new infusion of talent in Washington.

A coalition of organizations, including the Congressional Progressive Caucus Center and Demand Progress, and under the advisement of Progressive Caucus Co-Chair Mark Pocan (WI-02) and First Vice Chair Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), are working to build a slate of talented and diverse progressives to present to new and current Members of Congress as potential new staff hires following the November elections.

We’re looking for exceptional and diverse progressive thinkers, writers, and organizers who want to support the kind of policy objectives members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus are leading on.

Congressional staff have long played a crucial role in government—negotiating and writing legislation, advising agencies, conducting investigations, communicating policies to the public. Staff capacity will be key to developing creative ideas, converting them into sound policies, messaging them effectively, and mobilizing the public around them—all while holding the Trump administration accountable.

Capitol Hill is where many of America’s most consequential questions — from the scope of the Pentagon budget to the shape of the tax code — get answered. As a staffer, you’re remarkably close to the action and the decision-making authority. This doesn’t just mean access; it means opportunity to be entrepreneurial. 

As even a junior policy staffer, you may have opportunities to: 

  • Design and write legislation
  • Propose amendments to appropriations bills and other measures 
  • Educate Members of Congress on policy issues and proposed solutions 
  • Bring attention to issues by organizing briefings and hearings in partnership with outside think tanks and advocacy organizations
  • Design and organize investigations and exercise oversight 
  • Draft and publish high-profile opinion articles and other media 
  • Work on a diverse portfolio of policy issues

Why apply? If you are selected as an endorsed candidate, here are some of the benefits you’ll receive:

  • Consideration for Hill positions as part of a small recommended group of candidates through the Congressional Progressive Caucus leadership.
  • Potential opportunities to meet with newly-elected Members of Congress as they begin making hiring decisions.
  • Extensive training in how to succeed in a Congressional office, including instruction on legislative strategy and bill drafting, communications, and management from senior staffers and outside experts.
  • If placed in a Congressional staff position, we will also seek to match you with a mentor (a seasoned progressive Hill staffer) and offer opportunities for continuing education and support from allied think tanks and policy organizations.

Want to apply? Here are your next steps and timeline:

  1. Send along your resume and answers to two brief essay questions through the link on our site, and we’ll assess your application (By September 21)
  2. If you’re selected for the program, you’ll be part of an “endorsed group” of candidates for staff positions and recommended to both new and incumbent member offices that are hiring (endorsed slate chosen in October)
  3. A subset of selected applicants will receive an invitation to an intensive multi-day training program in DC. This training program will provide in-depth information on how to navigate the arcana of work in the legislative branch, including appropriations processes, committee procedures, amendment strategies, best practices in media outreach and office management, and other matters. You’ll learn from top current and former Hill staffers. (Training program and initial placement efforts in November)
  4. If you’re selected for a staff position, you’ll be invited to participate in regular strategy sessions with other Progressive Pipeline fellows and representatives from a range of progressive think tanks and NGOs.

You’ll receive ongoing training and support for your work on the Hill. (Starting with the 116th Congress in early 2019)


Benefits include robust public sector health care and retirement plans.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Please visit the Progressive Talent Pipeline website for more information about this project and in order to submit an application for inclusion in the slate of candidates who will be recommended to progressive members of Congress later this fall.