Economic fellow

Third Way Fellowship
Location Washington DC
Application deadline 1 March 2021
Contract type Fixed term
Hours Full-time
Salary USD55,000 annual stipend plus benefits
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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 develop and advance a modern economic agenda focused on ensuring work leads to a good, stable life. For some, work in the new economy is richly rewarded. But for most, it’s a painful struggle. Globalization has outsourced good-paying jobs. Technology has replaced workers. Systemic racism devastates communities of color. Unionization has shrunk. Capital is hard to come by. Skills don’t match available jobs. Wages are stuck. Health care is too expensive. And all these problems existed before the current economic and public health catastrophe—now, many are worse.

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 the economic recovery and other challenges and solutions for the 21st century.

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

The role

The Third Way Fellows Program is a full-time, 12-month program that comes with a $55,000 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.

Please note all duties and events will be completed virtually until Third Way has established a return-to-work plan, at which point this position will be located in Washington, D.C.

Key roles and responsibilities

Duties include:

  • Conducting research, analyzing data, and authoring high-impact op-eds, memos, reports, and presentations in order to illuminate how the US economy works and how it is changing in the digital age and due to the COVID-19 economic downturn;
  • Developing original and compelling policy briefs that offer new and modern ideas to policymakers;
  • Monitoring media, government reports, NGOs, and academia to stay informed on select economic issues;
  • Developing and deepening expertise on a wide range of economic issues, which may include topics such as jobs and employment, wages and benefits, retirement, economic mobility, international trade, technology and automation, infrastructure, financial markets, rural development, small business, and entrepreneurship; and
  • Supporting other members of the team with research and minor administrative tasks as needed.

Experience and skills

The ideal candidate has:

  • An interest in center-left 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/policymaking process and the ability to explain complicated concepts in a way that makes sense to the policymaking community;
  • Diplomacy and discretion when dealing with external groups.

Other useful information


$55,000 annual stipend and two weeks paid vacation, plus healthcare and benefits.


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 and possibly prior experience manipulating microdatasets in R or STATA. 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 and expanding the middle class.

Applicants are encouraged to apply by March 1, 2021.

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.