The Century Foundation is a progressive, nonpartisan think tank based in New York City with an additional office in Washington, D.C. We issue reports on issues ranging from economic inequality to education reform to the social safety net to foreign policy. Our fellows are among the world’s best in their respective fields, and include professors at the country’s top universities, journalists, best-selling authors, and successful business leaders. We have the resources and respect that come with being one of the nation’s oldest think tanks, but the flexibility and innovation that come from having a new management team. We like to describe ourselves as “a 102-year-old startup.”
A self-proclaimed policy wonk who lives for researching policy, writing about policy, organizing events around policy...you get the picture. You’re especially interested in working at the intersection of health care, racism, and inequality. Beyond the research, you’re driven by a desire to have an impact.
The Health Care Reform Policy Scholar will have the opportunity to work with TCF’s Director of Health Care Reform to advance policies that improve health care access, equity, and quality. This could include research relating to the black maternal health crisis, reproductive justice, the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid expansion, and more. A typical day might involve working on a research memo on abortion laws in a particular state, building a chart to more clearly depict racial disparities relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, and building on our networks to engage on these important issues.
Some college, perhaps more. You should be an undergrad, grad student, or recent graduate with a strong background in policy analysis or communications.
Exceptional research skills. You need to be quick, thorough, and accurate. You should be able to work with complex data, and then present that data in engaging graphic formats.
A good writer. Everyone thinks they write well. You actually do. If you can also communicate well in-person, that’s even better.
A self-starter. You’re looking for the opportunity to own a project and work independently.
A team player. TCF is highly collaborative. We want you to own your project, but we also want you to remember that your colleagues have some skills that you probably don’t.
A multi-tasker. You’ll be working on a lot of different things on any given day. You’ll have to be organized, good with details, and have a knack for problem solving to succeed here.
A progressive. TCF is a progressive public policy think tank. If you spend your evenings with Hannity and Breitbart, you’ll probably be pretty unhappy here.
A sense of humor. Have you read these descriptions? This will be your life.
Please submit resume, cover letter and two writing samples