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Graduate Fellow, Welfare Policy (Temporary: Spring 2019)

Title:                         Graduate Fellow, Welfare Policy

Reports to:               Director, Domestic Policy Studies

Job Summary:         The Heritage Foundation’s Graduate Fellowship program provides participants with a hands-on introduction to public policy work. The Graduate Fellow will conduct original research under the mentorship of Heritage’s senior research analysts, and provide written quantitative and qualitative analyses.  The Graduate Fellow will work full-time in the offices of The Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C.  The fellowship is a semester based, 12-week program.  Start and end dates are determined with the Domestic Policy Studies Director. This is a paid fellowship; a temporary position that does not include employee benefits.

Job Duties:

  • Conduct – under mentorship of senior research analysts - original research on one or more projects, agreed upon with the Director prior to the fellowship.   Projects will complement graduate work or other studies participants undertake through their universities.   Research will entail documenting current government programs and analyzing their effectiveness.  Fellows will work toward developing solutions that transform programs so that tangible results can be achieved to move our nation’s poorest families toward stability and economic self-sufficiency.
  • Draft papers, which may be published by The Heritage Foundation.
  • Read from a defined coursework and attend lectures and briefings.
  • Interact with policy leaders in government, community and faith based organizations, think tanks, and former Heritage Fellows.

Skill Factors:

Education:        M.A. candidate or graduate; exceptional undergraduates considered

Experience:      Entry level

Other Skills/Requirements:   

  • Understand and support the Heritage mission and the department's goals and objectives
  • Enrolled in, or recently completed, a program in sociology, economics, health care, psychology, or statistics; other disciplines considered
  • Excellence in qualitative, quantitative and statistical analysis

To apply for the fellowship, please mail or e-mail:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume, including related courses completed
  • Contact information for at least two references
  • Relevant writing sample
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