National Security Fellow

Third Way is seeking a Fellow to join its dynamic National Security team, which provides elected officials, policy makers, and candidates with a foundation to address many critical security topics. The program crafts tough and smart security agendas with a focus on global hotspots, national security law, budgets, and public opinion. The team identifies pragmatic solutions for high-profile national security problems that have complex politics, with a focus on legislation.

This position will be filled by a hard-working, self-motivated individual who is interested in learning more about how Congress and the Executive Branch interact in developing national security policy across a range of issues – military, intelligence, and foreign policy. The Fellow will report to the Director of National Security and will contribute to a team that is engaged in national security policies and analysis by:

  • Researching, developing, and drafting high-impact and concise written products that advance the case for a tough and smart national security;
  • Attending Congressional hearings and tracking legislation;
  • Coordinating with other national security non-profit organizations to…
  • Propose and develop policy positions; and
  • Analyze public opinion research on national security;
  • Support other members of the National Security team with research and minor administrative tasks as needed.

The ideal candidate will have an advanced degree in law, international relations, foreign affairs, political science, or national security with at least 1-2 years of experience in public policy, including internships, professional, and course work. Strong research skills are a must, along with knowledge of the legislative process. Fellows must be able to explain complicated concepts in a way that makes sense to the general public and engages and excites the audience. While this position requires strong technical skills, Third Way’s success relies on our ability to build relationships and communicate our message. This includes a disposition to exercise diplomacy and discretion in dealing with external groups. A willingness to work collaboratively on a team while taking initiative on individual projects, an aptitude to multi-task on various assignments in distinct issue areas, and a capacity to solve problems creatively and think outside the box is integral to a successful fellowship at Third Way. Finally, Fellows must have a deep commitment to smart and tough national security, and 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 “National Security 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.