Economic Fellow

Job description

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 create a Democratic agenda that helps today’s middle class succeed in a new economic era. We believe the central challenge facing the middle class is fundamental change due to globalization and technology, coupled with a country, workforce, and set of institutions that simply are not ready for this new economy. Globalization and digitization have transformed where and how jobs are created. Gone are the days when getting a high school diploma was enough to enjoy a middle-class lifestyle. And with entitlement spending already on an unsustainable path, wages squeezed, and defined benefits plans a relic, Americans lack financial security for their families.

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 addresses challenges and solutions for the middle class in the 21st century.

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

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.


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.


  • 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.


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


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


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.

The ideal candidate will have an advanced degree in a related field. The fellow will have extensive quantitative experience—including the ability to work with datasets and Microsoft Excel. Strong research skills are a must along with an interest in U.S. politics and the political process. 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 the ability to exercise diplomacy and discretion in dealing with external groups. Finally, fellows must have a deep commitment to strengthening the middle class and Third Way’s mission of representing Americans in the “vital center.”