Third Way is a think tank that answers America's challenges with modern ideas aimed at the center-left. We advocate for private-sector economic growth, a smart national security strategy, a clean energy revolution, and progress on divisive social issues, all through pragmatic 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.

Applications are now accepted on a rolling basis. You may apply for the following sessions: Fall (September – December), Spring (January – April), or Summer (May – August).

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.

Communications Intern

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

Third Way's Communications Team is looking for a smart, creative, and enthusiastic person to work side-by-side with Third Way staff to execute a robust digital media strategy that cultivates and maintains strategic relationships with DC decision makers and the press. Third Way's Communications internship offers hands-on experience at the intersection of politics and digital communications. Examples of our impact include:

  • Third Way ideas and staff are frequently cited in major news outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Hill, 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;
  • Third Way ideas are shared on multiple digital platforms, including social media, our website, email newsletters, and videos;
  • 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 digital and press communications strategy, including:

  • Assisting with the production and communications plans for the release of major reports and campaigns. They prepare reports and memos, update the website, help with our email marketing, draft social media, and copy-edit. 
  • Assist staff with creating engaging videos, graphics, newsletters, and reports.
  • Develop daily content to advance Third Way's social media and networking presence.
  • Prepare lists, track our interactions using various customer relations management databases.
  • Track and prepare reports on the progress of campaigns and products.


Candidate Requirements:

  • Candidates must be a college student with an interest in and knowledge of the intersection of public policy, national politics, and design, journalism or multimedia.
  • 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.
  • Creativity: our team partners with TW staff to develop interesting ways to share complex policy ideas in digital formats. That can run the gamut from designing social media graphics to making a custom GIF or developing a video script to explain a new policy idea.
  • Administrative skills: Your duties include preparing performance reports for our teams, logging and analyzing internal metrics, preparing content for the website, and pulling custom lists for a new product release. Attention to detail and organization are 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. 
  • Familiarity with Photoshop and other Adobe platforms and interest in video, design, or multimedia is highly desired.

Interns work part-time, and are paid $15.00/hour.


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