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:  

I had the opportunity to fact-check and contribute research to an array of complex policy stories, as well as to pitch and write my own long-form features. I had the pleasure of working with an ambitious, encouraging staff who treated me like an essential member of the team. There’s no better place to launch your career as a political reporter. -- Claire Wang, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, Class of 2019, Fall 2019 intern
The Prospect’s internship program was an invaluable experience for me. From fact-checking and research to developing original stories, I was regarded as a collaborative partner and young journalist, not as mere temporary labor. The Prospect takes its interns seriously—and in turn, interns contribute meaningfully to independent, progressive journalism. -- Isaac Scher, Freelance Reporter, Fall 2019 intern

Your TAP Internship application includes... 

  • Your résumé.
  • Three writing samples.
  • Consider clips or posts, academic papers and unpublished pieces. Please submit readable PDFs of clips with links to sites as needed. 
  • And, a letter about yourself that also answers these questions:
  • What magazines, newspapers and websites do you read regularly?
  • Name your intellectual and political heroes?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years and why?

 Please submit your application by Wednesday, April 15.
The internship schedule is flexible, beginning sometime in May and ending in August or September.    

TAP Essay Contest 

Open to high school students across the country 

Read a book, write an essay, and you just might win part of $30,000 in cash prizes 

High school juniors and seniors may write 1,000 to 1,600 words on one of these two books:

High school freshmen and sophomores may write up to 1,200 words on one of these two books: 

Winners will be awarded for first, second and third place at both levels, with up to 40 additional honorable mentions. The Prospect will publish all the winning essays online at, with a selection in print. 

The deadline for submissions has been extended to May 3, 2020. 


  • Read the introductory essay (linked below). 
  • Choose one book to read. 
  • Review the questions for the book you choose (linked below). 
  • Submit your essay along with your verifiable contact information through this form. 
  • Fill out the brief survey on the experience, and we will take it from there!

Introductory Essay 

What Kind of Economy Works Best? The Interplay of Markets and Democracy  (link)

Essay questions for Juniors and Seniors 

Essay questions for Freshman and Sophomores 


  • Juniors and Seniors: First place $10,000; second place $5,000; third place $2,500. Honorable mentions: 20 at $100 each. 
  • Freshmen and Sophomores: First place $5,000; second place $2,500; third place $1,000. Honorable mentions: 20 at $100 each.


This essay contest is a partnership between The American Prospect and Omidyar Network, a philanthropic investment firm dedicated to harnessing the power of markets to create opportunity for people to improve their lives. Established in 2004 by philanthropists Pam and Pierre Omidyar, the founder of eBay, the organization has committed more than $1 billion to innovative for-profit companies and nonprofit organizations to catalyze economic and social change. To learn more, visit, and follow on Twitter @omidyarnetwork

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