Overview

Progressive Pipeline is a non-profit that places underrepresented candidates in paid internships and entry-level jobs at social change groups. Then, we offer them the training, mentorship, and connections they need to become tomorrow’s leaders. No previous experience in politics is required or expected!

If you become a fellow:

  • We’ll train you on the skills you need to succeed in your career, from managing up to asking for feedback to building relationships at work.
  • We’ll deploy you to a paid internship or job at a progressive social change group.
  • We’ll coach you on how to turn your fellowship into a career.
  • We’ll continue to support you after your fellowship through training, mentorship, and connections.

We partner with social change groups that share our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice — from finance to data analytics to media communications to consulting and so much more. Past fellow cohorts have landed internships at Equis Labs, Run for Something, Accountable.US, Action Network, SEIU, Change Research, and BerlinRosen – to name a few!

All of our host organizations pay $15-20/hour, and you’ll be assigned real, meaningful work. While projects will vary across organizations, our fellows have:

  • Developed organizing and outreach strategies for community groups fighting for tenant rights and housing justice
  • Targeted and analyzed labor union membership lists using data analysis skills so that unions can better organize members
  • Created paid and social media plans for advocacy groups in Washington, D.C.
  • Designed training materials and resources to help first-time, local candidates run for office

Most of our placements are remote, with a few exceptions, and we place fellows on a rolling basis throughout the year.

We’re looking for students who are passionate about social justice, motivated by advocating for issues they care deeply about, and are willing to work hard and learn new skills. We want our fellows to bring their lived experiences to progressive spaces and to be committed to doing the work necessary to move our country forward. There are no prerequisites – we want fellows from all majors and class years to join us.

If that sounds like you, take the next step today and apply to become a fellow with us at Progressive Pipeline!

About Progressive Pipeline

Progressive Pipeline places underrepresented candidates in paid roles at social change groups across the country. We give our fellows our full support while with us by providing training, mentorship, and connections to help springboard your career in progressive work. We don’t have any previous experience requirements for our fellows other than a drive for social justice. We partner with social change groups that share our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice -- from finance to data analytics to media communications to consulting and so much more. We’ve worked with more than 80 organizations to build diverse and effective teams including SEIU, Run for Something, and the Working Families Party. Most of our placements are remote, and our host organizations pay their staff a living wage, with Progressive Pipeline fellows earning at least $15-$20/hr and entry-level staff receiving $45,000-$75,000 per year plus benefits. We have a community of over 300 alumni, 76% are people of color and 73% are women or non-binary. We continue to provide ongoing career coaching, support, and networking to our alumni to ensure long-term, sustainable success in progressive work.