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Program Overview

The Center for Progressive Leadership (CPL) is looking for diverse college students and other young leaders from across the country to apply for our New Leaders Program. CPL’s New Leaders Program works to change the face of tomorrow’s political leadership by connecting young people of color and women to paid internship opportunities with progressive organizations in Washington, DC.


Applications for the 2008 New Leaders Program are now closed.

Who are New Leaders?

The New Leaders Program is for young people who are passionate about creating social justice and equality in our society.  Program participants are linked to paid internships with progressive organizations in DC ranging from policy and research work to advocacy and organizing to media relations and on-line publications. 


If you are interested in learning about the 2008 New Leaders Fellowship, learn more here.


Below is more information about the New Leaders Internship taking place in Washington, D.C. Note: The application deadline for the Intership has already passed.


As a New Leader Intern, you will receive:

  • 10-Week Paid Internship: Once you’ve been accepted into the program, we help match you with a paid internship in Washington, DC. The program will take place from June 6 – August 15, 2008. We’re focused on putting you in a position where you’ll find the work rewarding and the cause personally meaningful.

  • Leadership Development: As a New Leader, you will have a variety of opportunities to grow as a leader, network with members of the progressive community, and build the skills and connections you need to deepen your involvement in progressive causes:
  • Training and Workshops: During your internship, you attend a variety of sessions led by leaders in the progressive movement designed to provide you with the tools and techniques you need to become an effective political leader.

  • Networking Events: You’ll regularly have the chance to meet leaders in the progressive movement and create lasting relationships with mentors and advisors throughout Washington.

  • Mentoring/Career Coaching: You’ll be personally matched to a leader in the progressive community who will provide ongoing support and coaching during your internship and beyond.

Have questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.



New! CPL Partners with The Roosevelt Institution for policy internships

The Roosevelt InstitutionThe Roosevelt Institution is a non-profit, non-partisan national network of campus-based student think tanks. We work to leverage the resources of our colleges and universities to create sound public policy, in the process training the next generation of political leaders. You can learn more about Roosevelt at www.rooseveltinstitution.org






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CPL does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or party affiliation.
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