The American Prospect’s Writing Fellows Program offers journalists at the beginning of their career the opportunity to spend two full years at the magazine in Washington, D.C., developing their journalistic skills. Each fellow is expected to contribute regularly to the website and to the print edition. The goal of the program is to ensure that fellows develop the relationships, track record, credibility, and clips (!) to pursue a career in journalism. Past fellows have gone on to take leadership roles at the Prospect as well as to work and write for The New York Times, The New Republic, The Atlantic, Slate, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, The Boston Globe, and many other publications.
The American Prospect was founded in 1990 and is devoted to promoting informed discussion and debate on public-policy matters of interest to all Americans—as well as people around the globe—from a progressive perspective. Through our website and bimonthly print edition, we seek to spread the new ideas and critical analyses necessary to support an informed public discourse.
Specific Eligibility Criteria
The American Prospect seeks candidates with strong writing and analytical abilities who are as comfortable generating article ideas as they are relying on assignments. A passion for politics, policy, and digital journalism is a prerequisite. Prior journalism experience is not required. Fellows must make a one-year commitment. After that year, the Prospect and the fellow will evaluate and determine whether to renew for a second year.