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.

Thank you for your interest in the Nancy Hale Fellowship Program with Third Way. We are currently accepting applications for the 2021-2022 term and encourage you to apply by March 1, 2021.

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.


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2019-2020 Fellows
    Former Fellows
    • Robert Cotter
      Social Policy & Politics Fellow, 2019-2020
    • Sunny Glottmann
      Economic Program Fellow, 2019-2020
    • Andres Prieto
      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
      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

    National Security Fellow

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

    Third Way’s National Security Program is seeking a fellow to join a dynamic team that is providing elected officials, policymakers, and candidates with a foundation to address many critical national security and foreign policy topics. In particular, the Program runs the nonpartisan Cyber Enforcement Initiative aimed at strengthening governments’ ability to identify, stop, and bring to justice malicious cyber actors through domestic and international cooperation.

    This position will be filled by a hard-working, self-motivated individual who is interested in learning more about how Congress, the Executive Branch, and the international community interact in developing national security and foreign policy across a range of issues. A background in cyber policy is an asset.

    The fellow will report to the Deputy Director for the National Security Program.

    Fellowship Info

    The Third Way 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.

    Please note all duties and events will be completed virtually until Third Way has established a return-to-work plan, at which point this position will be located in Washington, D.C.

    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;
    • Knowledge of the legislative process and 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;
    • 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 external meetings, briefings, professional networking events, and other activities to promote the National Security Program’s policies, particularly in the work of the Cyber Enforcement Initiative;
    • Helping to promote the National Security Program’s research, policies, and media appearances through social media;
    • 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 an advanced degree in law, international relations, foreign affairs, political science, or national security with at least 1-2 years of experience in public policy, including internships, professional, and course work. Strong research skills are a must, along with strong organizational skills. Knowledge of the legislative process and a background in cyber policy are an advantage. Fellows must 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 a disposition to exercise diplomacy and discretion in dealing with external groups. 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, and a capacity to solve problems creatively and think outside the box is integral to a successful fellowship at Third Way.

    Applicants are encouraged to apply by March 1, 2021.

    Interested?

    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.