About

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.

Opportunities

  

THE PUBLIC INTEREST FELLOWSHIP

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 2020. Applications are now closed.

 

The Public Interest Fellowship will also consider accepting highly qualified professionals who wish to participate only in evening seminars, academic retreats, monthly dinners, professional development, and networking opportunities on a stipend basis.

 

Fellowship Components:

  • Work experience (for those employed full-time by the Fellowship)
  • Evening seminars
  • Academic retreats
  • Monthly dinners with prominent public figures
  • Professional development seminars
  • Networking opportunities

APPLY FOR THE PUBLIC INTEREST FELLOWSHIP

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.

Applications are now closed.

SECURITY AND STRATEGY SEMINAR

Cohosted with the Hertog Foundation and the Alexander Hamilton Society, the Security and Strategy Seminar (SSS) is a graduate-level seminar in Washington, D.C. focused on distinct challenges to the American position in the world with an emphasis on policy and cohort-building. Three decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, our leaders increasingly realize that our power, position, and principles are under assault from adversaries we had once hoped to transform into friends.

 

In 2020-2021, SSS will consist of three separate, simultaneous year-long seminars, each focused on a different strategic challenger to the United States: the People’s Republic of China, Vladimir Putin’s Russia, and the Islamic Republic of Iran.  Although the nature of the competition and relevant factors differ for each adversary, each seminar’s framing questions will remain the same:

 

  • What are America’s goals, and how do we achieve them?
  • What does the strategic competition look like? What are we competing over?
  • What do we need to understand about our adversary in order to achieve our goals?

 

You can read about the separate seminar programs that make up the Security and Strategy Seminar below.

 

The China Challenge

The Iran Challenge

The Russia Challenge

 


SEMINAR DETAILS

Taught by leading scholars in the field, each SSS will consist of 15 evening sessions that meet from September-May and will afford participating fellows an opportunity to gain a breadth of knowledge on critical subjects, forge relationships with senior scholars and practitioners, sharpen analytical frameworks through written and oral arguments, and build a cohort with their peers. Fellows will be responsible for around 50 pages of reading for each session and will be required to write two short essays over the course of the program. Each seminar will meet on the same designated day of the week from 6:00pm-8:30pm. If the ongoing public health crisis prevents in-person gatherings, SSS will operate via virtual platforms.

 


IDEAL CANDIDATES

SSS seeks a professionally diverse and first-rate class of highly committed junior to mid-level professionals (25 to 35 years old) already working in policy-relevant institutions. Past and current SSS cohorts have included think-tank analysts and researchers; Congressional staffers; active-duty military officers; and staff members from the Department of State, Department of Defense, White House Council of Economic Advisors, and Department of Homeland Security, among others.

 


APPLY FOR SECURITY AND STRATEGY SEMINAR

Click here to complete an application for the 2020-2021 cohort. Using this form, submit your resume, a letter of interest (maximum of 500 words), a recent five-page writing sample, and two references by June 15, 2o2o. Candidates will be considered for all seminars of interest.

 


NOMINATE A CANDIDATE

Click here for a 2020-2021 nomination form.

THE ANTONIN SCALIA FELLOWSHIP

The Antonin Scalia Fellowship (ASF) hosted by The Public Interest Fellowship will consist of 10 seminars, to be held approximately monthly on Thursday evenings in DC from mid-November 2019 to June 2020.

 

Over the course of these sessions, a highly select cohort will discuss America’s Constitutional framework, beginning with a study of the Federalist Papers; explore the conservative movement in historical perspective; delve into current legal policy debates; and consider opportunities and strategies for advancing the rule of law in a variety of areas. Each seminar will be led by a prominent guest instructor and Fellows will be responsible for 20-30 pages of reading in preparation for each session.

 


APPLY FOR THE ANTONIN SCALIA FELLOWSHIP

Ideal candidates will be early to mid-career professionals with a legal background working in government, the legal sector, think-tanks, academia, or media. Applications for the 2019-2020 cohort are now closed.

Enriching the political and cultural life of the United States

Staff

Kate
Matus

Director of Outreach and Special Projects

Ian
Lindquist

Executive Director

Peter
Berkowitz

Dean of Students

Nani
Beraha

Program Manager

Contact

For more information please contact Nani Beraha using the form below.

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