New Opportunities for Emerging Thinkers & Doers

Roosevelt is home to the nation’s largest network of emerging doers and thinkers—young people who are committed to reimagining and rewriting the rules in their communities.

Our members are organized on 130+ campuses in 40 states nationwide, from four-year universities to community colleges, partnering with policy makers and communicators to provide them with clear, principled ideas and visionary, actionable plans.

We are constantly evolving the programs, support, and opportunities we offer to Roosevelters who are invested in learning and influencing the policy process. To achieve our mission, we must adapt and expand to meet the needs of the young people we invest in.

The Summer Academy, introduced as a network initiative nine years ago, has supported over 250 students in New York City, Chicago, Washington, DC, and San Francisco. In addition to their internships, the students attended trainings, produced well-researched policy memos, and collectively tackled the issues in their host cities each summer.

The network has changed tremendously since Roosevelt selected its first Summer Academy cohort. Over the past few years, we’ve expanded the size of the program and the financial support offered to participants. Unfortunately, we reached a place where the Summer Academy maxed out on the number of students it could serve. So, we began to explore new ideas to reach more students and provide a greater number of opportunities for students to move their policy ideas.

As a result, we’re excited to announce four summer opportunities for our members in 2016:

Roosevelt Institute Internships: Roosevelt is offering paid internships in our NYC and Chicago offices for a duration of 9 weeks, starting in the beginning of June. The internships are available to any undergraduate student attending a college or university in the United States. If you are interested in interning in one of the departments listed below, please complete this application and indicate your preference according to the work of the department before March 15, 2016.

    • Advocacy: Roosevelt’s Advocacy Department implements the organization’s strategy for advancing our ideas in key policy circles. Working with both our network of emerging thinkers and doers and our think tank, the department develops and fosters relationships with advocacy partners and decision-makers. Skills needed: Background in research and/or campus organizing preferred.
    • Roosevelt Communications: Roosevelt’s Communications team is responsible for developing strategies to promote the work of Roosevelters. This includes branding, social media promotion, design, editing, emails, press outreach, messaging, and a lot more! We are an essential hub for the organization– creating press lists, promoting events and policies, building Roosevelt’s social media following, writing for Roosevelt’s blog, developing messaging, coaching and training Roosevelters to be better communicators, and getting to work with Roosevelters to develop comprehensive strategies to promote their work. Skills needed: knowledge of media landscape and social media tools, project management, personal organization, writing.
    • Think Tank: The Roosevelt Institute is home to a think tank of some of the brightest minds in economics– seeking to reimagine the rules of the American economy. Roosevelt runs projects on Finance and Wealth, Women and Families, Work and Labor, the Next American Economy and inequality through Rewrite the Rules— led by Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz. Through quality research, we advance new economic frameworks and rules for policymakers and advocates. Skills needed: Research, statistical analysis, and background in economics or related topics experience organizing events, ability to multi-task.
    • Roosevelt @ Illinois: Our first local office is designed to support the work of Roosevelt chapters in Illinois. Through our Illinois program, we provide opportunities for Roosevelters to become actively involved in local community movements, and carry policy ideas directly to state and municipal leaders. We work with partner groups, chapters and local policy projects, as well as, build relationships with decision-makers to advance our goals. In addition, we are looking to build the non-profit infrastructure—fundraising, operations, etc.– necessary for long-term success in Illinois. Skills needed: grassroots organizing, project management, and coalition building.

Policy Change Fellowships: Roosevelt will offer summer fellowships for students invested in policy initiatives. These full and part-time fellowships will provide the selected students with stipends and individualized research and organizing support. We believe in investing in young people’s ability to realize their ideas and view the summer as the prime time to incubate smart proposals. If you are currently working on a policy change project and are interested in a summer fellowship, please fill out this form.

Emerging Leaders Trainings: Roosevelt is expanding the reach of our intensive policy training beyond NYC, DC and Chicago to more parts of the country and a larger diversity of campuses. By offering these trainings throughout the year, we will reach new people and bring new students into policy work that would otherwise not have access.

Strengthening our Community: Great things happen when Roosevelters connect. We’re increasing the number of curated events between current students and alumni in more parts of the country.

The new opportunities reflect the exciting direction Roosevelt is headed in 2016. We’re committed to changing the way young people are engaged this election cycle (more to come in mid-February), and have placed diversity, inclusion, and equity at the forefront of our work. Our national leadership has big ideas, and we’re ready to support them.

The laser focus on these new opportunities means we’re no longer in a position to run the Summer Academy. We’re proud of the program’s legacy, and of the students who are a product of the hard work that went into making it successful.

We hope you join us as we take Roosevelt to new heights.

Questions? Email Liz Sisson at