National Security Fellow

Job description

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, policy makers, and candidates with a foundation to address many critical security topics. The program crafts tough and smart security agendas with a focus on global hotspots, national security law, budgets, and public opinion. The team identifies pragmatic solutions for high-profile national security problems that have complex politics, with a focus on legislation. This position will be filled by a hard-working, self-motivated individual who is interested in learning more about how Congress and the Executive Branch interact in developing national security policy across a range of issues – military, intelligence, and foreign policy.

The fellow will report to the Vice President of National Security.


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. 

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 knowledge of the legislative 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 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. Finally, Fellows must have a deep commitment to smart and tough national security, and Third Way’s mission of representing Americans in the “vital center.”