Internships

The Third Way Adam Solomon Intern Program introduces highly motivated graduate students, with an interest in policy analysis and development, to the process of advancing a 21st century progressive agenda. Interns will gain hands‐on experience working closely with Third Way’s senior management team, which has extensive political, communications, and policy experience, forged at every level of government and advocacy: the White House, federal agencies, the House and Senate, presidential campaigns, and national non‐profit advocacy organizations.

Third Way is a think tank that answers America’s challenges with modern ideas aimed at the center. We advocate for private-sector economic growth, a tough and smart centrist security strategy, a clean energy revolution, and progress on divisive social issues, all through a moderate-led U.S. politics.

The Third Way Internship Program was named in 2009 in memory of our former Vice Chairman, Adam Solomon, who believed that progressives must re-think our ideas for a new era. He believed deeply in public service and was instrumental in creating Third Way.

Inside Politics Internship

Bill Schneider, Third Way’s Distinguished Senior Fellow & Resident Scholar, is looking for a smart, organized, enthusiastic political junkie to assist him.

About Bill:

Bill Schneider was CNN’s senior political analyst from 1990 to 2009 and was a member of the CNN political team that was awarded an Emmy for its 2006 election coverage and a Peabody for its 2008 coverage. He is currently a regular contributor to the Al Jazeera English network, Reuters, and The Huffington Post. Bill has been labeled “the Aristotle of American politics” by The Boston Globe and Campaigns and Elections Magazine called him “the most consistently intelligent analyst on television.”

Interns are an integral part of our team, and they work on a variety of tasks that are critical to our communications strategy, including:

  • Research: Interns conduct research on a variety of topics and gather polling data for Bill’s regular columns and monthly Inside Politics Newsletter.
  • Social Media: Interns develop content to advance Bill’s social media and networking presence on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr;
  • Events & Booking: Interns assist Bill with scheduling his tv appearances and other speaking engagements, as well as plan and staff our monthly Inside Politics breakfasts for members of the elite DC press corps.
  • Relationship Building: Interns maintain the Inside Politics distribution list and track Bill’s interactions with press using various customer relations management databases;

Candidate Requirements:

  • Candidates must be a college graduate or graduate student with an interest in and knowledge of the intersection of public policy, national politics, and journalism.
  • Research Skills: We’re looking for someone who is a whiz on the Internet—checking quotes, chasing down facts, digging up poll results and election returns, able to distinguish between reliable and unreliable sources.
  • Administrative skills: Your duties include scheduling, and proofing essays and infographics, so attention to detail is a must;
  • Ability to prioritize/handle multiple tasks simultaneously, and meet deadlines;
  • Strong computer skills, with excellent proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, specifically Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Experience using NGPVAN is preferred but not required.

THIS IS A PAID INTERNSHIP

Communications Strategy Internship

Third Way’s Communications team is looking for a smart, creative, and enthusiastic person to work side-by-side with Third Way staff to cultivate and maintain strategic relationships with DC decision makers, the national press, and influential thinkers in the policy world. Third Way’s Communications internship offers hands-on experience at the intersection of politics and press.

Examples of our impact include:

  • Third Way ideas and staff are frequently cited in major news outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Roll Call, POLITICO and others;
  • Third Way staff is called on to offer commentary & analysis by broadcast media. Our staff is regularly featured on MSNBC, ABC News, CNN, NBC, Fox, CBS , the BBC, NPR and almost all major cable political programs;
  • Events co-hosted and attended by Senate & House leadership, elite media, and leaders in the advocacy community.

Interns are an integral part of our team, and they work on a variety of tasks that are critical to our communications strategy, including:

  • Research & Writing: Interns conduct research on media trends and changing media platforms. They draft text for press pitches, talking points, and copy-edit. They also assist staff with infographics, op-eds, reports, and newsletters.
  • Social Media: Interns help develop daily content to advance Third Way’s social media and networking presence on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr;
  • Events: Interns assist with the planning and execution of all Third Way program events.
  • Relationship Building: Interns maintain the Third Way distribution lists and track our interactions with press using various customer relations management databases.

Candidate Requirements:

  • Candidates must be a college graduate or graduate student with an interest in and knowledge of the intersection of public policy, national politics, and journalism/media.
  • Research Skills: We’re looking for someone who is a whiz on the Internet—checking quotes, chasing down facts, digging up poll results and election returns, able to distinguish between reliable and unreliable sources.
  • Administrative skills: Your duties include scheduling, and proofing essays and infographics, so attention to detail and organization is a must;
  • Ability to prioritize/handle multiple tasks simultaneously, and meet deadlines;
  • Strong computer skills, with excellent proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, specifically Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Experience using NGPVAN is preferred but not required.

THIS IS A PAID INTERNSHIP

Outreach Internship

Third Way’s Outreach team is looking for an outgoing undergraduate or graduate student to help the organization develop strategic relationships with external partners.

Examples of impact include:

  • Hosting monthly policy lunches with Members of Congress and their Senior staff;
  • Developing working groups with Senior Congressional or Third Way staff on key legislative issues such as health care, clean energy, technology, and economic growth;
  • Convening numerous networking and policy events;
  • Authoring extensive briefings for senior staff to use in external meetings;
  • Executing organizational fundraising strategy.

Interns are an integral part of the team, and they work on a variety of tasks. In the past, Outreach Department interns have:

  • Conducted research on timely legislative issues and covered relevant Committee hearings;
  • Attended briefings with Members of Congress and senior congressional staff;
  • Developed new systems for database management; and,
  • Assisted in the development and execution of events.

Candidates must be college or graduate students with an interest in and knowledge of national politics. Outstanding research, writing, and analytic skills, as well as exceptional attention to detail, are imperative.

THIS IS A PAID INTERNSHIP

How to Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. You may apply for the following sessions: Fall (September‐ December), Spring (January‐ May) or Summer (June‐ August). Incomplete applications will not be considered. EOE.

Please send the following to internship@thirdway.org

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Short writing sample
  4. References (professor/current or recent employer)

When applying, please reference the semester and program in which you are interested within the subject line of your email (e.g. Spring Internship).

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