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The Democracy: A Journal of Ideas internship is a highly selective program for a small number of the most talented, progressive college writers, editors, and thinkers in America.

While demanding and time intensive, it is geared toward giving college students a link into future careers in the world of progressive ideas. Interns will assist in administrative tasks as well as learn about all the parts of putting a journal together from article selection to copyediting and fact-checking. Interns will also assist in maintaining the website and blog, and in promoting the journal and events. They should be interested in deepening their exposure to a wide range of policy issues and interacting with some of the most cutting-edge progressive thinkers across a variety of fields.

Applicants should have distinguished themselves in their academic work thus far. Excellent research and writing skills are a must.

We hire interns for three internship cycles: spring semester, summer, and fall semester. Spring and fall interns are expected to work 15-20 hours a week and will be paid $13.25/hour. Summer interns are expected to work 30 hours a week. Deadlines are: April 30 for summer, Oct. 1 for fall, and Dec. 15 for spring. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so early submissions are recommended.

The internship is based in Washington, DC. Send a cover letter, resume, and 2-3 writing samples to: dajoi@democracyjournal.org. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. No phone calls, please.

Submission Guidelines

Democracy will review either unsolicited manuscripts or detailed proposals for articles which summarize the intended topic and argument. We are strenuously non-partisan, and we are not interested in discussions of political positioning or electoral strategies for any party. Instead, we seek articles that explain how the world works or how it should work and that offer new ideas and new solutions to contemporary issues from across the progressive spectrum. We look for pieces that are willing to confront big questions and boldly step outside the bounds of conventional wisdom. Articles should be carefully researched and firmly grounded in hard data and deep thinking.

Submissions can be sent to dajoi@democracyjournal.org.

Feature articles typically run 4,000 to 6,000 words. Democracy does not accept unsolicited book reviews.

Due to the volume of submissions we receive, we are unable to respond to all submissions.

Letters to the Editor

Please send letters to dajoi@democracyjournal.org. Please keep all letters to fewer than 500 words. Democracy reserves the right to edit for length and content.

Letters can also be sent by mail to:
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If you would like to reprint an article from Democracy, please contact us at: 202-223-4592 or dajoi@democracyjournal.org.


Want to reach progressive policymakers and opinion-shapers? Advertise on our website or in our printed pages. For information, contact Managing Editor Jack Meserve at dajoi@democracyjournal.org.