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 three tracks:
- TPIF Full-Time Employment & Professional Education Program
A two-year long program offering paid, full-time employment to a highly select cohort of fellows. Fellows will typically complete two professional rotations, each lasting approximately nine to twelve months. The positions will be carefully selected by The Public Interest Fellowship – in consultation with the fellows – and will be designed to advance the work of a host organization within the Fellowship’s network, while providing fellows with professional experience relevant to their particular career paths. Outside of their jobs, fellows will complete studies in the tradition of freedom and the contemporary challenges to individual liberty and democratic self-government delivered through twice-monthly evening seminars and academic retreats; attend monthly dinners with prominent public figures; participate in professional development sessions; and take advantage of extensive networking opportunities. The next class of The Public Interest Fellowship will commence in September 2018.
- TPIF Professional Education Program
A two-year long program offering a stipend to a highly select group of fellows already employed in related sectors in the DC area. This track allows applicants to keep their day jobs while participating in all professional education activities of the fellowship over two years. Fellows in this second track will be a part of the same cohort as the first. Outside of their jobs, fellows will complete a Great Books curriculum delivered through twice-monthly evening seminars and academic retreats; attend monthly dinners with prominent public figures; participate in professional development sessions; and take advantage of extensive networking opportunities. The next class of The Public Interest Fellowship will commence in September 2018.
- TPIF Career Development Employment & Professional Education Program
A select number of shorter – nine to twelve months – career development opportunities for experienced professionals interested in expanding their network and skill-set 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. Fellows will be based in Washington, D.C. and should expect to spend the majority of their fellowship there; certain placements may present themselves elsewhere on a case-by-case basis.
Enriching the political and cultural life of the United States
APPLY FOR THE PUBLIC INTEREST FELLOWSHIP
Applications for the Public Interest Fellowship’s 2018 class are currently open. Interviews for applications submitted by the end of January, particularly for graduating college seniors, will be conducted in late February 2018. Applications will remain open and interviews for all other qualified candidates will be conducted in June 2018. An application form with instructions on how to apply can be found here.
We invite applications from individuals with the following qualifications:
- Recent college graduates or young professionals with up to five years of relevant work experience.
- A passionate 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.
- Excellent academic credentials.
- Excellent communications skills.
- Demonstrable leadership potential.
- An ability to think creatively, work independently, and maintain high levels of discretion and professionalism at all times.
APPLY FOR A CAREER DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY
Applications from individuals interested in career development 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: 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 the applicant’s professional skill-set.
An application form with instructions on how to apply can be found here.