New America is seeking enterprising, mission-driven young adults to work on the next big public policy challenges facing their generation. We invite applicants with a strong interest in public policy to apply for a competitive and paid fellowship in Washington, D.C.
This fellowship is designed to create opportunities for new and diverse voices to contribute to future public policy discussions. New America seeks to invest in some of the most promising young minds in the country; to deepen exposure to contemporary public policy and issue areas; to create valuable professional development experiences that will support their growth as future leaders, critical thinkers, and policy entrepreneurs; and to incubate and advance ideas that are capable of transforming policy systems for the better.
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Fellows will be embedded in one of New America’s public policy programs, headquartered in Washington DC, where they will provide policy research support and collaborate with their cohort of fellows to explore the dynamics of a generational policy agenda.
Each fellow will engage in research activities under the supervision of program staff. They will be expected to contribute to the work of the program, execute a project under the supervision of New America staff in a related policy area, participate in professional development activities, and engage with their cohort and other members of the organization to develop high-impact policy ideas that can engage their peers and advance a constructive public policy discourse focused on creating solutions to the challenges facing their generation.
We are looking to identify and support promising young adults from a diverse set of backgrounds who are interested in deepening their engagement with public policy. Successful fellows are creative thinkers who are committed to constructive policy reform and transformational social change.
We know that everyone has different strengths, so we don’t expect fellows to be the perfect embodiment of all these characteristics. But we do believe that the most successful fellows are those who possess a combination of:
A commitment to addressing an issue affecting a community to which they are connected.
An ability to engage in policy research and express analyses into written products for a range of audiences.
An excellent work ethic matched by openness to feedback and collaboration.
An inclination to think creatively and independently about public policy issues.
We strongly encourage applications from those who have faced barriers in accessing education, employment, and other resources, including first-generation college graduates, women, and people of color.
Date of birth. Fellows must be 24 years old and under at the start date (August 28,2017).
Personal statement. In 500 words or less, tell us about yourself. We’re interested in learning about your story. What have you done that you are proud of? What are some of the barriers you have confronted or obstacles you have navigated? What animates your interest in public policy?
Areas of Interest. Please indicate up to 2 areas of policy that are of great interest to you: Social Policy and Family Policy, Political Reform, Education Policy, Environmental Policy, Technology Policy, International Relations
Description of policy interest. In no more than 1,000 words, describe an area of public policy that you care about and tell us why. What are the problems and dilemmas that need to be addressed? What might be done about it and how might policy-makers think about this topic more creatively or constructively?
Writing sample. Please attach a writing sample of original work. The sample can be an excerpt from longer work, but it should by no more than 2,000 words.
Letter(s) of recommendation. Please attach up to two letters. Recommendations can be from a mentor, teacher, collaborator, or member of your community who can provide insight into your strengths and capabilities, and do so within 1,000 words.
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