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Center for American Progress Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
40 Reviews
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    Economic Policy Intern

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Center for American Progress

    Pros

    The Economic Policy team does a great job involving interns in their day-to-day activities. I worked on important projects and felt that I was able to really contribute during my time there.

    Cons

    As an intern, I often ended up doing fairly tedious tasks involving the more boring aspects of research. While this was a con, it should be expected that interns do simple yet time-consuming tasks that are important to the larger goals of the organization.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intellectually stimulating, financially lacking.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Center for American Progress as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The interns get really close, lots of fun like-minded people and future leaders. It's a well respected place and the internship program is excellently handled. The culture is one of progress and you can tell people love what they do, no drones here. So many events, networking ops, and happy hours! CAP literally hands you a social life!

    Cons

    Even as an intern you can see there is a problem with high turnover, but that seems pretty typical in politics and could be a positive if you're an intern looking to step into an entry-level job. Pay is weak, you'd expect a progressive place advocating for a higher min wage to pay their interns at least that...
    Work can sometimes be slow, depending on your department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A stipend is an excuse to pay below min. wage. Do better, CAP.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Center for American Progress as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Constantly surrounded by leaders in the progressive field. very motivated, diverse, experienced group of progressives. revolving door with capitol hill and the white house. strong intern program featuring brown bag lunches, local events, happy hours, etc. fun and highly rewarding internship!

    Cons

    compensation low, but that is part of what you get for working at a nonprofit think tank. keep in mind that it is a very liberal and politically charged area - only would recommend for those seeking that type of DC environment.

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    Great Internship

    Former Employee - Economic Policy Intern  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Economic Policy Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at Center for American Progress as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Fantastic staff
    good work load
    supported network for interns
    brown bags were great

    Cons

    weak stipend
    sometimes work would be slow

  6.  

    Good Organization

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Manager in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Center for American Progress full-time

    Pros

    Good work environment. It's a fun place with a lot of young people. There are opportunities to get involved in things that you are interested in and learn new skills.

    Cons

    Departments vary a lot. Some have strong managers and some have very weak. Heavy turnover is a serious problem.

    Recommends
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  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Experience

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    Former Employee - Economic Policy Intern  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Economic Policy Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at Center for American Progress as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Place a lot of value on interns, plenty of project flexibility, care about the culture of the work environment

    Cons

    High turnover so intern filter in and out throughout each season

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Policy Professional
    Former Employee - Policy Professional

    I worked at Center for American Progress full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Dynamic environment; interesting and challenging work; friendly co-workers

    Cons

    Poor management; limited feedback; limited support and encouragement for employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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  9.  

    Great people but limited interactions between employees and interns

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Center for American Progress as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great learning experience; somewhat meaningful work; there are some really amazing people working there; interns get really close to each other; i enjoyed working for my supervisor.

    Cons

    There are too many interns, and it is very hard to get a return offer; very limited interactions between employees and interns

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More social events

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Structured internship with neat internship events but mediocre to good mentorship.

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    Former Employee - Policy Analyst  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Policy Analyst in Washington, DC

    I worked at Center for American Progress as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Good environment for interns as there are many interns and CAP has strong connections to different groups in D.C. which extend the community. Working at ThinkProgress is particularly exciting because you'll be published on a pretty widely read blog.

    Cons

    While none of the interns had to grab coffee or anything, some of the interns were very much assistants and less research assistants.

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Excellent experience with very motivated people who will make it very far in the world of politics.

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    Current Employee - Reporter/Blogger  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Reporter/Blogger in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Center for American Progress full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Excellent network
    Good Training
    Fun culture
    You feel like you have really made an impact
    Blogging/editorial experience
    Research experience

    Cons

    Low pay but a lot of opportunities that can pay in the long haul.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No real advice to management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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