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 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.
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.
Third Way offers paid internships in our Washington, D.C. office. The number of positions and area of responsibility varies by semester, but each offers an exciting opportunity to work on projects that will make an important and lasting contribution. Third Way internships are especially well suited for students with an interest in the intersection of politics and public policy. Previous Third Way interns have secured full-time positions in the federal government, nonprofit advocacy sector, and private industry after graduation. Please see below for more details about the positions available and how to apply.
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, CNN, Fox, 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 web content, 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;
- Relationship Building: Interns maintain the Third Way distribution lists and track our interactions with press using various customer relations management databases.
- Reporting: Interns help track and prepare reports on the progress of campaigns and products.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
Third Way’s Administration team seeks an Operations intern. The Intern will provide coordinating and administrative support to the internal operations program known as the Administration department. The intern will report to the Director of Administration and is an integral member of Third Way's administrative team. The position has the following areas of responsibilities:
- Provide a high level of customer service to all TW staff and TW guests
- Provide reception support.
- Coordinate catered breakfast, daily snack, and drinks to keep our kitchen fully stocked.
- Set-up and take-down conference room for meetings and other events
- Check conference room calendars regularly to ensure all necessary information is available for upcoming events.
- Help update inventory of all office equipment and furniture
- Assist with phone coverage, photocopying, filing and preparing envelopes for mailings.
- Create, update, and maintain databases.
- Send, receive, and distribute all mail, faxes, and packages
- Provide general administrative support
- Light scheduling
- Manage Accounts Payable, processing incoming invoices/billing statements
- Support for internal and external meetings
- Maintain TW Administration Bulletin Board with creative ideas
- Maintain the TW office library system
- Perform other related duties as required
The candidate will gain the following educational knowledge and training by the end of the internship:
- First-hand experience is working in the non-profit sector, in the operations, technology and facilities department.
- Integrate knowledge and skills from the classroom into the workplace.
The ideal candidate for this position will possess the following qualifications:
- Experience and/or interest in non-profit organizations
- A major or current studies in Business Administration, Accounting or another related field
- Office experience desired, preferably in a non-profit setting on a team-oriented project
- Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment and manage multiple tasks efficiently
- Strong knowledge and experience with Microsoft Office Suite (Work, PowerPoint, Excel)
- Strong writing, proofreading and editing skills
- Strong written and spoken communication skills
- Excellent organizational skills and a high level of attention to detail
- Discretion at handling confidential documents and information
How To Apply:
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
Generally, internship applications are posted for three cycles: fall, winter/spring, and summer. Applications begin the review process on the following (approximate) dates:
May - August
September - December
January - April
Please send the following in PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Cover Letter
- Short writing sample
- References (professor/current or recent employer)
Please reference the semester and program in which you are interested within the subject line of your email (e.g. Spring Internship).
Interns work part-time, and are paid $11.50/hour. Third Way is an equal opportunity employer – women, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.