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 nerd who lives for researching policy, writing about policy, organizing events around policy...you get the picture. You're equally at home writing formal policy analysis and 600-word blog posts—and you understand that these two things shouldn't sound the same. You've already spent some time figuring out which TCF fellow you really want to work with this summer, and you have some ideas about how you can advance her/his research. You can't wait to spend a summer working with the smartest policy people in the business.
The Labor Policy Scholar will focus on conducting research related to initiatives aimed at improving the rights and protections of American workers. Your work will cover researching and analyzing initiatives aimed at modernizing unemployment insurance, upgrading job training, addressing poverty, bolstering labor rights, and forging high-quality factory jobs. That work will entail a blend of quantitative and qualitative policy analysis.
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