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 be 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 – women, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Development and External Affairs Internship

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

Third Way’s Development and External Affairs team is looking for an outgoing undergraduate or graduate student to assist the organization with the development and maintenance of strategic relationships with its external partners. In this position you will be working on a small team and interacting with all policy programs within the organization. Additionally, you will be given the opportunity to develop a long-term project and participate in career seminars with senior staff. 


  • Research & Writing: The Development and External Affairs intern drafts heavily researched briefing materials on specific policy issues, as well as potential new partners for use by senior staff. Track and monitor relevant legislative and media activity.
  • Events: The Development and External Affairs intern assists with the set-up and execution of Third Way events with the Administration, Members of Congress, and other partner organizations. Additionally, the Development and External Affairs intern will have the opportunity to attend relevant events, hearings, and briefings.
  • Administrative: The Development and External Affairs intern will play a vital role in event tracking, acknowledgement letters, and general maintenance of the department’s records and database management.


Candidate Requirements:

  • Candidates must be a current college student, a college graduate, or a graduate student with an interest in and knowledge of public policy, national politics, communications, and public affairs. A passion for moderate politics in addition to prior relevant internship experience is strongly preferred.
  • Writing and Organizational Skills: The Development and External Affairs intern be responsible for developing written materials and conducting analytical research for senior Third Way staff and Hill offices, requiring extreme attention to detail, consistency, and the ability to communicate effectively. Excellent time management and organizational skills with the ability of meeting strict deadlines is critical.
  • Event Management and Communications Skills: The Development and External Affairs intern will provide support at Third Way events and must be an enthusiastic representative of the organization, possessing strong interpersonal skills. Experience in planning and working events is preferred.
  • Strong computer skills, with excellent proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite. 

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.