There are plenty of think tanks in Washington that define the left. And plenty that define the right. But Third Way is the only DC think tank that has been described as “incorrigible pragmatists," “radical centrists" and “the best source for new ideas in public policy." If you are an ideologically rebellious, fresh-thinking policy wonk willing to listen and learn, we'd like you to join us.

The Third Way Fellowship is a full-time, 12-month program that comes with a $50,000 annual stipend and two weeks paid vacation, plus healthcare and benefits. But we're actually offering much more: the chance to be in the room when we 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 a methodology that is intellectually rigorous; and to leverage our wide-ranging DC network into future career opportunities.

The application deadline for the 2018-2019 Fellows Program was March 2, 2018. Applications for the 2019-2020 Fellows Program will open on May 1, 2018. If you're interested in learning more about the Fellows Program, please feel free to direct any questions or requests for information to fellowship@thirdway.org.

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


Issue Fellowships
2017-2018 Fellows
  • Photo of Adam Twardowski
    Adam Twardowski
    Former Fellow for National Security
  • Photo of Rachel Minogue
    Rachel Minogue
    Former Fellow for the Economic Program
  • Photo of Mykael Goodsell-SooTho
    Mykael Goodsell-SooTho
    Former Fellow for the Clean Energy Program
Former Fellows
  • Fahad Siddiqui
    Fellow for Clean Energy
  • Rachael Stephens
    Fellow for the Economic Program
  • Gary Ashcroft
    2016 Fellow for National Security
  • Nathan Kasai
    Policy Advisor
  • Matthew Goldberg
    Fellow, Clean Energy Program
  • Paul Lapointe
    Fellow for the Economic Program
  • David Forscey
    Fellow, National Security Program
  • Tyler Cole
    Fellow, Social Policy and Politics Program
  • Samuel Brinton
    Fellow, Clean Energy Program
  • Kenneth Megan
    Fellow, Economic Program
  • Chrissy Bishai
    Fellow, National Security Program
  • Stephenie Johnson
    Fellow, Social Policy & Politics Program
  • Ingrid Akerlind
  • Kimberly Pucher
  • Faris Alikhan
  • Tamara Hiler
    Deputy Director of Education

Social Policy & Politics Fellow

Third Way’s Social Policy & Politics Program is seeking a fellow to join our team and help us accomplish three major goals: give moderate voters a stronger voice in Washington; find ways to make progress on divisive issues like abortion, immigration, religious liberty, marijuana, and guns; and transform the conversation around education in the Democratic Party to better fit 21st-century realities.

Our recent work has included successfully changing the conversation about marriage for gay couples by emphasizing commitment instead of rights; working with Members of Congress and the White House on new gun safety legislation that respects Second Amendment rights while keeping guns out of criminals’ hands; developing a communication strategy around immigration used by nearly every congressional immigration reform proponent; and giving policymakers a deeper understanding of the values held by voters in the center of the electorate.

The fellow will report to the Vice President of Social Policy & Politics.

Fellowship Info

The Third Way Fellows Program is a full-time, 12-month program that comes with a $50,000 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.

Requirements/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;
  • 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

$50,000 annual stipend and two weeks paid vacation, plus healthcare and benefits.

Interested?

Apply for the position by March 1, 2019. Applications will be reviewed after the deadline.

Interested?

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