Launched in 2015, The Public Interest Fellowship draws on the legacy of that great journal of ideas and policy founded by Daniel Bell and Irving Kristol. The Public Interest 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. Conceived in that spirit, The Public Interest Fellowship provides exceptional young men and women with professional opportunities and a continuing education in the tradition of freedom. The unique combination of work and study is designed to advance fellows’ pursuit of careers devoted to enriching the political and cultural life of the United States.
The Public Interest Fellowship offers two tracks:
A two year long program offering full-time employment to a select cohort of fellows who will rotate through a number of jobs at different organizations. Each position will be carefully selected in consultation with fellows to help them acquire experience relevant to their intended career path. Fellows will also complete a great books curriculum delivered through twice-monthly evening seminars, attend academic and professional retreats, and participate in a monthly dinner series with public intellectuals and leading figures from politics and national security. The next class of The Public Interest Fellowship will commence in September 2016.
A select number of shorter – six to twelve month long – career development opportunities for experienced professionals interested in expanding their network and skillset through a placement or project that differs from their prior experience. Individuals in this track will fully participate, with the larger cohort, in the academic component of The Public Interest Fellowship. These paid opportunities are offered on a rolling basis.
We invite applications for the Public Interest Two Year Fellowship from individuals with the following qualifications
• Recent college graduates or young professionals with no more than four years of relevant work experience.
• A professional interest in one or more of the following areas: constitutionalism, domestic policy, foreign policy, national security, Jewish life and Israel, and journalism.
• Excellent academic credentials.
• Excellent communications skills.
• Demonstrable leadership potential.
• An ability to think creatively, act discreetly, work independently, and meet deadlines.
• Fellows will be based in Washington D.C. and should expect to spend the majority of their fellowship there, though certain placements may be available in New York, or elsewhere on a case-by-case basis.
Applications from individuals interested in Career Development Fellowship opportunities will be considered on a rolling basis. Interested individuals should fulfill the following criteria:
• Five to ten years of professional experience in one or more of the following areas: politics, think tanks, philanthropy, jurisprudence, economics, education, domestic policy, foreign and or national security policy, journalism, Jewish life and Israel.
• An outstanding record of professional achievement and proven leadership.
• Excellent communication skills.
• Excellent professional references.
• A deeply considered proposal for a placement or project that would develop your professional skillset.