April 3, 2017 Print

The Public Interest Fellowship provides a unique opportunity to make a different in the worlds of policy and journalism in Washington, D.C., and the organization is now accepting applications for its 2017 class. The fellowship is open to a wide range of candidates, including recent star graduates looking for their first break in the U.S. capital, those with a few years of relevant work experience looking to catalyze their professional development and gain access to a unique network, policy-minded applicants looking to gain political experience, political staffers looking to sharpen their policy chops, anyone looking to dabble in journalism, and those who have had established non-political careers and might be considering a pivot.

“TPIF is a two-year fellowship offering paid full-time employment to a highly select (fewer than ten) cohort of fellows,” the organization explains. “Fellows will typically complete two professional rotations, each lasting approximately nine to twelve months. The positions will be carefully selected by TPIF — in consultation with fellows — and will be designed to advance the work of a host organization within its network, while providing fellows with professional experience relevant to their particular career paths. Outside of their jobs, fellows will complete a great books curriculum delivered through twice-monthly evening seminars and academic retreats with the Hoover Institution’s Peter Berkowitz; attend monthly dinners with prominent public figures; participate in professional development sessions and take advantage of extensive networking opportunities.”

The fellowship’s applicants skew toward public policy work, so individuals with political experience on Capitol Hill, in campaigns, or in party committees are particularly encouraged to apply, as well as those with journalism experience — or those with aspirations to work in these fields. Applications close at the end of April, although interviews are conducted on a rolling basis, so early submission is encouraged.

“TPIF draws on the legacy of The Public Interest journal that nourished generations of individuals dedicated to meeting the moral and political challenges of the day through the rigorous study of contemporary America and the reclaiming of the enduring principles of the American constitutional tradition,” the organization continues. “The program is looking for individuals with up to 5 years of relevant professional experience, and an interest in one or more of the following areas: politics, rule of law and freedom of speech, education reform, domestic and economic policy, foreign policy and national security, Jewish life and Israel, and journalism. Competitive candidates will demonstrate excellent academic credentials, excellent communication skills, leadership potential, and a high level of professional and political acumen.”

The application is available on the Public Interest Fellowship website.