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.

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.

Responsibilities:

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.

Outreach Internship

Third Way's Outreach team is looking for an outgoing undergraduate or graduate student to assist the organization with the development and maintenance of strategic relationships with its external partners. In this position you will be working on a small team and interacting with all policy programs within the organization. Additionally, you will be given the opportunity to develop a long-term project and participate in career seminars with senior staff.

Responsibilities:

  • Research & Writing: The Outreach intern drafts heavily researched briefing materials on specific policy issues, as well as potential new partners for use by senior staff. Track and monitor relevant legislative and media activity.
  • Events: The Outreach intern assists with the set-up and execution of Third Way events with the Administration, Members of Congress, and other partner organizations. Additionally, the Outreach intern will have the opportunity to attend relevant events, hearings, and briefings.
  • Administrative: The Outreach intern will play a vital role in event tracking, acknowledgement letters, and general maintenance of the department's records and database management.

Candidate Requirements:

  • Candidates must be a current college student, a college graduate, or a graduate student with an interest in and knowledge of public policy, national politics, communications, and public affairs. A passion for moderate politics in addition to prior relevant internship experience is strongly preferred.
  • Writing and Organizational Skills: The Outreach intern be responsible for developing written materials and conducting analytical research for senior Third Way staff and Hill offices, requiring extreme attention to detail, consistency, and the ability to communicate effectively. Excellent time management and organizational skills with the ability of meeting strict deadlines is critical.
  • Event Management and Communications Skills: The Outreach intern will provide support at Third Way events and must be an enthusiastic representative of the organization, possessing strong interpersonal skills. Experience in planning and working events is preferred.
  • Strong computer skills, with excellent proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite. Experience using NGPVAN is preferred, but not required.

Social Policy & Politics Internship

Third Way's Social Policy & Politics Program advances the case for moderate-led U.S. politics, advocates for 21st century education policies, and aims for progress on hot-button social issues like marriage for gay couples, guns, abortion, marijuana, and social mobility. In our politics work, we conduct original research and provide analysis of existing polling and trend data to educate policymakers, advocates, the media, and others about the beliefs, policy preferences, and concerns of self-identified moderate voters. Our education work aims to modernize the teaching profession and establish an education agenda and narrative that allows moderate Democrats to reclaim their title as the party of education. On social policy, we offer groundbreaking new frameworks, approaches, and policy solutions to move our country forward and find common ground on often divisive social issues.

Responsibilities:

  • Produce internal background memos on specific policy issues for the Social Policy & Politics team and Third Way senior staff;
  • Attend events and Hill meetings as a representative of Third Way and reported back to the Social Policy & Politics team;
  • Compose draft letters of support for specific pieces of legislation for submission to the Congressional Record;
  • Track the progress of ballot measures and state legislative efforts on social policy issues in the states; and,
  • Research, analyze, and brief the Social Policy & Politics team about new public opinion research on relevant issues.

Candidate Requirements:

  • Education: The ideal candidate will be in graduate school or have just finished a degree
  • Policy interest: A knowledge of and interest in national politics is necessary

Research skills: A strong background in quantitative analysis, outstanding research, writing, and analytical skills, as well as an excellent attention to detail, are imperative.

Economics and Health Care Internship

Third Way's Economic Program is seeking a self-starting, creative, and high-energy individual to help our health care initiative. Third Way will be releasing a series of policies throughout the year that cut waste in health care by removing obstacles to quality patient care. This approach directly improves the patient experience—when patients stay healthy, or get better quicker, they need less care. This person will help research and analyze innovative efforts pioneered by health care professionals and organizations that build on our approach as well as additional research as part of our highly-collaborative team.

Responsibilities:

  • Research and analysis of local innovations that are producing better health outcomes at lower costs throughout the United States.
  • Development of short, written case studies highlighting the most compelling local innovations.
  • Additional research projects, as directed.

Candidate Requirements:

  • Policy experience. Candidates with a general background in health care are strongly preferred.
  • Education. The ideal candidate will be in graduate school or have just finished a degree.
  • Writing. Writing is essential. Candidates must have the ability to write compelling and high-impact products.
  • Organizational skills. Candidates must be highly organized, results-oriented, and be able to appropriately prioritize in order to keep multiple projects on track.
  • Teamwork. Candidates should enjoy working in a collaborative organization.

Clean Energy Internship

Third Way's Clean Energy Program is seeking an analytical, creative, and high-energy individual to help our team promote federal policies that will decarbonize the energy sector. This person will contribute to projects managed by various members of our highly-collaborative team and also will have the opportunity to manage his or her own portfolio of work.

Responsibilities:

  • Research: The Clean Energy intern responds to daily research needs of team members, locating information to be used in reports, presentations, and conversations with policymakers and the press. This often requires the assistance of experts from academia, government, and industry.
  • Analysis: The Clean Energy intern contributes to basic data analysis that supports Third Way's positions on a various energy policy proposals. These projects often require the use of government databases and other publicly-available information, as well as Microsoft Excel.
  • Writing: The Clean Energy Intern prepares drafts of memos, speeches, and op-eds with the guidance of team members and occasionally is asked to write products for publication under his or her own name.

Candidate Requirements:

  • Education: The Clean Energy intern must be pursuing an advanced degree with an emphasis in energy. Preference will be given to those with a background in quantitative studies such as economics or statistics.
  • Creative Problem-Solving Skills: The Clean Energy intern must have a demonstrated ability to come up with inventive ways to approach particularly sticky research and analysis challenges.
  • Writing Skills: The Clean Energy intern must be an impeccable writer with an ability to explain complex issues in a concise and engaging way.

How to Apply:

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. You may apply for our Summer internships (May 11-Aug. 14). Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please send the following in pdf format to internship@thirdway.org.

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume

Please reference the semester and program in which you are interested within the subject line of your email (e.g. Summer Internship).

Third Way is an equal opportunity employer – women, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.