There are plenty of think tanks in Washington that define the left. And plenty that define the right. If you are an ideologically rebellious, fresh-thinking policy wonk willing to listen and learn, we'd like you to join us.

The Nancy Hale Fellowship Program offers those just completing their graduate school education and those beginning a career in public policy an opportunity to spend one year with Third Way. During their time here they will have a chance to: be in the room when we meet with top Washington policy players; co-author papers and work with our policy teams to produce new ideas, research, and insights; learn a methodology that is intellectually rigorous; and leverage our wide-ranging DC network into future career opportunities.

The Fellows Program is a full-time, 12-month program that comes with a $55,000 annual stipend and two weeks paid vacation, plus healthcare and benefits.

Applications for our 2020-2021 Fellowships are now open. Applicants are encouraged to apply by March 1, 2020.

Third Way is an equal opportunity employer that celebrates, supports and promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion. We will consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity, or any other legally protected basis, in accordance with applicable laws.


Issue Fellowships
2019-2020 Fellows
  • Photo of Robert Cotter
    Robert Cotter
    Social Policy & Politics Fellow
  • Photo of Sunny Glottmann
    Sunny Glottmann
    Economic Program Fellow
  • Photo of Anisha Hindocha
    Anisha Hindocha
    National Security Fellow
  • Photo of Andres Prieto
    Andres Prieto
    Climate and Energy Fellow
Former Fellows
  • Akua Amaning
    Social Policy & Politics Fellow, 2018-2019
  • Brandon Gaskew
    National Security Fellow, 2018-2019
  • Ryan Zamarripa
    Economic Program Fellow, 2018-2019
  • Lindsay Steves
    Clean Energy Fellow, 2018-2019
  • Mykael Goodsell-SooTho
    Clean Energy Fellow, 2017-2018
  • Rachel Minogue
    Economic Fellow, 2017-2018
  • Adam Twardowski
    National Security Fellow, 2017-2018
  • Fahad Siddiqui
    Clean Energy Fellow, 2016-2017
  • Rachael Stephens
    Economic Fellow, 2016-2017
  • Gary Ashcroft
    National Security Fellow, 2016-2017
  • Nathan Kasai
    Senior Policy Counsel
  • Matthew Goldberg
    Clean Energy Fellow, 2015-2016
  • Paul Lapointe
    Economic Fellow, 2015-2016
  • David Forscey
    National Security Fellow, 2015-2016
  • Tyler Cole
    Social Policy & Politics Fellow, 2015-2016
  • Samuel Brinton
    Clean Energy Fellow, 2014-2015
  • Kenneth Megan
    Economic Fellow, 2014-2015
  • Chrissy Bishai
    National Security Fellow, 2014-2015
  • Stephenie Johnson
    Social Policy & Politics Fellow, 2014-2015
  • Ingrid Akerlind
    Clean Energy Fellow, 2013 – 2014
  • Kimberly Pucher
    Economic Fellow, 2013 – 2014
  • Faris Alikhan
    National Security Fellow, 2013 – 2014
  • Tamara Hiler
    Director of Education

Climate and Energy Fellow

Third Way is a national think tank that develops and champions modern, center-left ideas.

Third Way’s Climate and Energy Program is seeking a fellow to join a dynamic team engaged in an ambitious, multi-year effort to enact climate policies that will set the United States on the fastest, fairest path to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 at the latest, using all of the carbon-free tools we have and inventing the ones we still need.

This position will be filled by a hard-working and entrepreneurial individual who is interested in applying a technical background and deep understanding of US energy systems toward creating federal energy policy. Fear not, we’ll bring the fellow up to speed on politics and the inner workings of Washington.

The Fellow will report to the Senior Policy Advisor for Climate and Energy.

Fellowship Info

The Nancy Hale Fellows Program is a full-time, 12-month program that comes with a $55,000 annual stipend and two weeks paid vacation, plus healthcare and benefits. It also comes with the chance to meet with top Washington policy players; to co-author papers and work with our policy teams to produce new ideas, research, and insights; to learn our methodology; and to leverage our wide-ranging D.C. network into future career opportunities.

During your time at Third Way, you will learn skills in workflow management, leveraging polarities, meeting facilitation and participation, parallel thinking, dynamic presentation and communication, creativity, design thinking, networking, and interview skills.

Upon completion, our fellows find fulfilling work at other think tanks, congressional committees, private-sector firms, advocacy organizations, and the federal government. They take full advantage of Third Way’s ever-growing network of public policy professionals. If you are a future-oriented thinker and a policy wonk willing to listen and learn, we’d like you to join us.

Skills

The ideal candidate has:

  • An interest in moderate politics and commitment to Third Way’s mission;
  • An advanced degree (master’s or law) in a related field;
  • The ability to take initiative on individual projects, but willingness to work collaboratively on a team;
  • Strong research and technical skills, with a talent for knowing and telling the story a dataset demands;
  • The ability to explain complicated concepts in a way that makes sense to policymakers;
  • Diplomacy and discretion when dealing with external groups.

Duties

  • Conducting in-depth research and quantitative analysis of a variety of sources, including online databases, media, and reports from the government, NGOs, and academia;
  • Developing original legislation and producing high-impact written products by distilling complex issues, often under tight deadlines, into succinct and accessible formats, including policy briefings, memos, and presentations;
  • Organizing and participating in high-level external meetings, briefings on Capitol Hill, professional networking events, and other activities to promote Third Way policies;
  • Presenting our research and policy ideas to Hill staff, advocates, think tanks, and academics both through individual and coalition meetings and in other events around D.C.; and
  • Supporting other members of the team with research and minor administrative tasks as needed.

Compensation

$55,000 annual stipend and two weeks paid vacation, plus healthcare and benefits.

Requirements

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 Climate and 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 Climate and Energy Fellow must have the ability to identify and pursue opportunities that might not be visible to the average Joe. Finally, the fellow must have a deep commitment to fighting climate change, promoting clean energy, and furthering Third Way’s mission of representing Americans in the “vital center.”

Interested?

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