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Updated March 24, 2015
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Pros
  • Place a lot of value on interns, plenty of project flexibility, care about the culture of the work environment (in 5 reviews)

  • Office is very young and pretty chill overall, casual Fridays is fun and everyone empties out into happy hours (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • High turnover so intern filter in and out throughout each season (in 4 reviews)

  • There are too many interns, and it is very hard to get a return offer; very limited interactions between employees and interns (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Internships as a signaling device

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at Center for American Progress as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Huge community of interns, lots and lots of connections possible, generally substantive work with the right manager

    Cons

    Little chance of getting hired full time, sometimes its possible to get lost in the massive intern shuffle of the organization

    Advice to Management

    Keep the internship program alive and thriving, its one of the best introductions to the broader liberal policy world

  2. Great for young people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Special Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Special Assistant in Washington, DC

    I worked at Center for American Progress

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    supervisers listen to you
    fun events

    Cons

    no job growth low salary

    Advice to Management

    mentorship program

  3. Best Internship I had

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at Center for American Progress

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Networking opportunities
    - Intern Program
    - CAP covers interns transportation
    - Senior Staff is always willing to help
    - Event on the office almost everyday
    - Great opportunities for interns

    Cons

    - Competitive
    - Unpaid Internship if is for Academic Credit
    -

    Advice to Management

    Keep the good work, interns really enjoy working at CAP.
    Organize more brownbag events for interns

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  5. Economic Policy Intern

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Center for American Progress

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    It has a very flexible, positive and support work environment for interns. There may be variations based on who your supervisor is but you can to do a lot as an intern and generally there is a lot of activities to immerse yourself in DC and policy world.

    Cons

    The job could be intense considering they pay next to nothing to interns.

    Advice to Management

    Paid internship would be great.

  6. CAP is filled with motivated and intelligent people looking to make real policy changes and diversity is welcome.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Half In Ten in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Half In Ten in Washington, DC

    I worked at Center for American Progress as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There is a great culture and everyone is extremely motivated. People have a wide array of interests and are passionate about their policy focus.

    Cons

    The only con was the relatively small stipend. Luckily, I lived at home and did not have to pay rent costs as well, but the stipend is not enough to cover the cost of living in DC.

  7. Intern for the spring semester

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Intern
    Current Employee - Intern

    I have been working at Center for American Progress

    Pros

    There are lots of education opportunities available to interns, including weekly speakers and media trainings.

    Cons

    interns are sometimes separated from their teams

  8. Internship with no prospects

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Generation Progress Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Generation Progress Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at Center for American Progress as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people are great and fun to work with and you aren't necessarily restricted to a desk all day but rather get to go out and explore DC through events or affiliate workshops.

    Cons

    A lot of the grunt work is carried out by interns that they cycle through that don't ever get the chance to really get a position at CAP. In addition, they may pay their interns, which is more than a lot of DC internships can say, but it's barely enough for anything.

    Advice to Management

    Open positions should be made first available to former interns.

  9. Work for the machine

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Economist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Economist in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Center for American Progress full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Creative, collaborative work environment; colleagues with shared values. Fantastic networking opportunities. Good quality health insurance plan.

    Cons

    Uncompetitive salaries and employer retirement contribution relative to market. Can be a little cliquish internally. Political constraints placed on policy work by relationship with administration and corporate donors.

    Advice to Management

    Top-down organizational management and information flow denies staff the opportunity to contribute more meaningfully to the organization and to take more ownership in the organization. You need to create career ladders that don't force staff to leave the organization in order to move up.

  10. Intern

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at Center for American Progress

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    they rely on interns to do a lot of work, as it is a non profit. This means you will get lot of opportunities and experience you wouldn't get at a lot of other places in DC who rely on interns for coffee runs and answering phones. Also they pay for your metro card!

    Cons

    Had a great time interning here, no complaints except I wish it was paid!

    Advice to Management

    you're doing a great job

  11. Standard internship experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern
    Former Intern - Intern

    I worked at Center for American Progress as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I wasn't inundated with tedious tasks, so it was nice to do some substantive work. It was also centrally located and people were generally friendly. They try a little too hard to get all of the interns to be friends, though.

    Cons

    I had a terrible experience with my mentor, which was disappointing because I know several others had very positive experiences. My mentor did not seem to care about my growth or progress, and seemed annoyed whenever I asked for something to do.

    Advice to Management

    Work on finding mentors for everyone that are willing to work and forge a real relationship with their interns.

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