Energy Fellow

Third Way’s Clean Energy Program is seeking a Fellow to join its dynamic team engaged in an ambitious, multi-year effort to help mitigate climate change by supporting the development of advanced nuclear technology and the decarbonization of fossil fuels. We are committed to creating pragmatic policies that can get implemented in the United States, challenge political orthodoxies, and are best suited to solving the climate challenge and meeting our energy needs.

This position will be filled by a hard-working and entrepreneurial individual who is interested in applying a background in science or engineering to creating federal energy policy. Fear not, we’ll bring the Fellow up to speed on politics and how to create policy in Washington. The Fellow will report to the Deputy Director of Clean Energy, work with the Vice President of the program, and will be part of a team that is at the center of the national climate and energy debate. Responsibilities will include:

  • Managing an entire segment of a project from inception to publishing, and taking part in the process of educating lawmakers and the press about the Fellow’s work;
  • Authoring memos, often under tight deadlines, and reports that combine rigorous analysis of technical issues or policy proposals with data-driven recommendations for policymakers to achieve specific goals supporting our projects;
  • Researching their assigned policy fields by regularly consulting government databases, industry experts, federal agency officials, congressional testimony, and a variety of other resources;
  • Organizing and participating in high-level external meetings, briefings on Capitol Hill, professional networking events, and other activities to promote the policies they have developed; and
  • Supporting other members of the Clean Energy team with research and minor administrative tasks as needed.

The ideal candidate will have a graduate degree with a quantitative focus, preferably in a field of engineering, the hard sciences, or climate policy. While this position requires strong technical abilities, Third Way’s success relies on our ability to build relationships and communicate our message. Therefore, the Clean Energy Fellow must be able to explain complicated concepts in a way that makes sense to the general public.

To engage and excite an audience, the Fellow will need to convey personality in their written and verbal communication – even when dealing with dense, data-heavy topics. Policy is all about solving problems, something that the ideal candidate enjoys and is good at. Creativity is a valuable skill at all stages of policy development, so the Clean Energy Fellow must have the ability to identify and pursue opportunities that might not be visible to the average Joe. Finally, fellows must have a deep commitment to clean energy and to Third Way’s mission of representing Americans in the “vital center.”

To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to fellowship@thirdway.org; include “Clean Energy Fellowship” in the subject line. We place a high value on your cover letter. Tell us about a new idea that you've explored in your work. And be sure to show us your personality, too.