Internship Program

Wisconsin Progress staff and interns at Intern Appreciation Day

Wisconsin Progress staff and interns at Intern Appreciation Day

Wisconsin Progress is an organization dedicated to recruiting, training, and developing candidates and leaders at the local and state legislative levels who advocate for progressive policies across the state. We provide support to candidates in a variety of ways, including campaign planning, fundraising, message development, and necessary training and technical assistance.

Wisconsin Progress seeks unpaid interns based out of Milwaukee whose responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducting research on election results and municipal offices across the state

  • Consolidating city, school board, county, and state directories into candidate masterlists to assist in targeted recruitment

  • Accessing the DNC voter database to collect contact information for local electeds

  • Conducting outreach to elected officials across the state to take part in a network for progressive local elected officials

  • Attending recruitment committees in counties across the state with WI Progress Staff

  • Supporting the Development Director in conducting donor outreach to low and high dollar donors

An intern must meet the following eligibility and selection criteria to be eligible:

  • Should have an interest in politics, though prior experience in the field is not necessary

  • Must be available during business hours (9:30AM to 5:00PM) at least 8-10 hours a week; days are flexible

  • The intern must be able to reliably communicate regarding schedule and availability

  • Length of the internship is flexible and may extend beyond the current semester if desired

The internship is designed to provide the intern with the following practical skills:

  • Increased familiarity with the landscape of progressive politics in Wisconsin

  • Exposure to recruiting and training candidates for local and state office

  • Experience conducting research to aid in recruitment work, candidate and organizational fundraising, and newsletter development

  • How to use the networks created by various recruitment committees across the state into generating viable candidates

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to We accept applications on a rolling basis for fall, spring, and summer sessions.