Internships

Editorial and Communications

You

A news junkie, an accomplished writer, an adept editor, and a passionate progressive who is excited about having an impact on the world. You get a kick out of taking complicated concepts and helping others to engage with and understand them. You’re detail oriented, enjoy noticing grammatical errors in the New York Times and aren’t bad at the crossword either. Adept at juggling multiple tasks at once, you’ll thrive in an environment where you’re responsible for getting through varied small jobs throughout the day, while also managing a larger project in the background. Last but not least, you’re a people person and like working as part of a team.

The Job

The Editorial and Communications Intern will become part of our team for the summer, helping out on everything from editing and trafficking posts for the website, to drafting website copy, press releases, and subscriber emails, to staffing events, building stakeholder lists, proofreading documents, updating our website, and designing posts for social media. You’ll also be involved in our strategic discussions about ensuring that TCF’s work has the greatest possible impact. View the general qualifications below Apply

Education Policy

You

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 in Manhattan with the smartest policy people in the business.

The Job

The Education Policy intern will work on projects that study and uplift the importance of diversity and equity in schools, districts, and charters, as well as outcomes for low-income students in higher education. He or she will assist in documenting the growth and success of socioeconomic integration strategies in K-12 education, and will present this content in a variety of forms, possibly including case studies, fact sheets, and interviews with students, teachers, and families. He or she also will assist in documenting the ways that disadvantaged students are not served well by the current higher education system, including the effects of student loan debt. The intern should be able to look at school diversity through an intersectional lens, recognizing the importance of elevating the experiences of low-income students, LGBTQ students, English language learners, and students of color in their work. The intern will also pay particular attention to possible ways low-income students can gain access to better schools through changes in housing policy.

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Foreign Policy

You

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 in Manhattan with the smartest policy people in the business.

The Job

The Foreign Policy Intern is someone whose interests are in foreign policy — be it multilateralism and the UN, hard security, soft power, climate change diplomacy, East Asia, the Middle East, challenges to U.S. diplomacy, or another regional or thematic concentration. You are deeply absorbed by your chosen area of foreign policy interest. The Foreign Policy Intern will support the ongoing work of the foreign policy team with the opportunity to pursue their own research interests with the support and mentorship of the fellows. That work will entail a blend of quantitative and qualitative policy analysis. You'll support and work with a fellow's research over the summer, while using your own expertise to add your own distinctive policy insights to the public debate. View the general qualifications below Apply

Labor Policy

You

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 in Manhattan with the smartest policy people in the business.

The Job

The Labor Policy Intern will focus on conducting research related to initiatives aimed at improving the rights and protections of American workers. This will include modernizing social insurance programs, upgrading job training and monitoring the deregulatory agenda of the Trump administration. That work will entail a blend of quantitative and qualitative policy analysis. View the general qualifications below Apply

Nonprofit Management

You

You are a goal-oriented activist with a passion for social justice. You view a goal as the minimum to strive for, not a place to rest on your laurels. You enjoy tackling problems; matching opportunities against needs for win-win solutions. You are eager to dig in below the surface to find out how things really work and then look for ways to make it run better. You know that to communicate a complex message effectively you need to tell a story that engages the audience where they are and helps them to envision new possibilities. You don’t mind mixed metaphors so you thrive on juggling a couple of balls all while making your way to the summit.

The Job

TCF’s  Nonprofit Management Intern will join the Administrative Team (Development, Finance, Operations/Technology, Human Resources). You will work with the Development Director and a policy team to advance their funding strategy (develop a theory of change, research a funding source, develop a cultivation strategy, and craft a Letter of Inquiry or funding proposal). Just because you want to understand how The Century Foundation operates, you might work with Finance on a management dashboard or help Operations/IT refine the business recovery plan or structure a Human Resource succession plan template.

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Surveillance and Privacy Policy

You

An excellent writer and researcher with an interest in and familiarity with the legal, political, and cultural dimensions of domestic surveillance, privacy, and security. You’ve followed the Edward Snowden story and are familiar with Barton Gellman’s Washington Post reporting. You're equally at home preparing research memoranda, writing 600-word blog posts, and curating research materials for public presentation. You’re well organized. You have a basic proficiency with HTML and audio/video editing tools—and even if you don’t, you’re a quick study who is comfortable learning new software if need be. You can't wait to spend a summer in Manhattan with the smartest policy people in the business.

The Job

The Surveillance and Privacy Policy Intern will work closely with the Surveillance and Privacy team, on a combination of research and writing projects—ranging in topic from the intricacies of Facebook’s privacy policy to the cutting edge surveillance technologies employed by local law enforcement. Some substantial amount of the intern’s time will be spent researching, assembling, and creating original content for the web surrounding the release of Barton Gellman’s new book on surveillance, privacy, intelligence, and Edward Snowden.

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Your Qualifications?

  • Some college, perhaps more. You should be an undergrad, grad student, or recent graduate with a strong background in policy analysis or nonprofit management.
  • 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 Beck, you’ll probably be pretty unhappy here.
  • A sense of humor. Have you read these descriptions? This will be your life.
  • To be considered apply by February 14, 2017.

About TCF

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 100-year-old startup.”