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 developing candidates and leaders who advocate for progressive policies across the state. Our mission is to recruit, train, elect, and develop these individuals at the local and state legislative levels. We provide support to candidates in a variety of ways including campaign planning, fundraising, message development, and necessary training and technical assistance.

Wisconsin Progress is seeking an unpaid intern based out of Madison or Milwaukee whose responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

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

  • Aiding in developing and writing newsletter content

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

  • Building profiles for potential candidates for state office

  • Conducting donor research for candidates and for Wisconsin Progress

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

  • Assisting Development Director in updating and maintaining donor files and database


Wisconsin Progress is seeking an intern that fits the following eligibility and selection criteria:

  • The intern should have an interest in politics though prior experience in the field is not necessary

  • The intern must be available during business hours at least 8-10 hours a week, days are flexible

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

  • The length of the internship is flexible and may extend into summer and/or the fall 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

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Please specify in the cover letter which location you would prefer to work from (Madison or Milwaukee). Qualified candidates will be asked to interview on a rolling basis depending on need.