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 $60,000 annual stipend and two weeks paid vacation, plus healthcare and benefits.

We understand what it means to bring different voices together to work towards a common goal. Third Way celebrates, supports, and promotes diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging and encourages all qualified applicants to apply to join our team. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, lawful alien status, age, marital status, parental status, or protected veteran status and will not discriminate against anyone on the basis of a disability. All employment selections are determined on the basis of qualifications and program needs.

Issue Fellowships
2022-2023 Fellows
  • Photo of Robert Fourqurean
    Robert Fourqurean
    Former Climate and Energy Fellow
  • Photo of Joshua Kendall
    Joshua Kendall
    Economic Fellow
Former Fellows
  • Jessica Greely
    National Security Fellow, 2022-2023
  • Curran McSwigan
    Economic Policy Advisor
  • Tom Klein
    Visiting Fellow
  • Sudria Twyman
    Former Visiting Fellow
  • Robert Cotter
    Social Policy & Politics Fellow, 2019-2020
  • Sunny Glottmann
    Economic Program Fellow, 2019-2020
  • Andres Prieto
    Former Climate and Energy Economist
  • Anisha Hindocha
    National Security Fellow, 2019-2020
  • 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
    Former Deputy Director of Social Policy & Politics
  • 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
    Former Director of Social Policy, Education & Politics

Economic Fellow

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

Third Way’s Economic Program is seeking a fellow to join a dynamic team working to develop and advance a modern economic agenda focused on making the middle class more affordable and attainable. For some, work in the current economy is richly rewarded. But for far too many, it’s a struggle to earn a good life. Paths to the middle class for those without a four-year college degree are especially narrow. Technology has replaced workers. Systemic racism devastates communities of color. Capital is hard to come by. Skills don’t match available jobs. Real wages are stuck. Health care is too expensive. And all these problems existed before the recent economic and public health challenges—now, many are worse.

We are looking for creative policy junkies to help us tackle these tough economic challenges. These issues, and numerous others, will be critical to explore as Third Way works to build a middle class that is more affordable and attainable.

The fellow will report to the Director of the Economic Program.

Fellowship Info

The Third Way Fellows Program is a full-time, 12-month program that comes with a $60,000 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.

Third Way has a hybrid work policy, so this position can be remote on Mondays and Fridays but must come into the DC office on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.


The ideal candidate has:

  • An interest in center-left politics and commitment to Third Way’s mission;
  • An advanced degree (master’s) 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 (such as Excel, R, and/or STATA), with a talent for knowing and telling the story a dataset demands;
  • Knowledge of the federal legislative/policymaking process and the ability to explain complicated concepts in a way that makes sense to the policymaking community;
  • Diplomacy and discretion when dealing with external groups.


  • Conducting research, analyzing data, and authoring high-impact memos, reports, and presentations in order to illuminate how the US economy works, what it means to be middle class, and what must be done to make the middle class more affordable and attainable;
  • Developing original and compelling policy briefs that offer new and modern ideas to policymakers;
  • Monitoring media, government reports, NGOs, and academia to stay informed on select economic issues;
  • Developing and deepening expertise on a wide range of economic issues, which may include topics such as jobs and employment, wages and benefits, the federal budget, taxes, economic mobility, international trade, technology and automation, infrastructure, financial markets, and rural development; and
  • Supporting other members of the team with research and minor administrative tasks as needed.


$60,000 annual stipend and two weeks paid vacation, plus healthcare and benefits.


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, intellectual curiosity, and a capacity to solve problems creatively and think outside the box is integral to a successful fellowship at Third Way.

The ideal candidate will have an advanced degree in a related field. The fellow must have quantitative experience, including the ability to work with datasets and Microsoft Excel and possibly prior experience manipulating microdatasets in R or STATA. Strong research skills are essential along with an interest in U.S. politics and the political process. Fellows need to 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 the ability to exercise diplomacy and discretion in dealing with external groups. Finally, fellows must have a deep commitment to strengthening and expanding the middle class.