New America Center on Education and Labor Social Impact Fellowship

Fellowship Description

New America’s Center on Education and Labor seeks a fellow to study and report on the connections between education and the labor market. The fellow will focus on community colleges particularly bachelor’s degrees and non-degree credentials offered through those colleges as well as the systems and policies that support those types of credentials. The fellow must be a strong researcher and writer who is able to synthesize complex research to the public.

New America is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy institute that invests in new thinkers and new ideas to address the next generation of challenges facing the United States. The Center on Education & Labor is dedicated to restoring the link between education and economic mobility by advancing policies that strengthen the key social institutions necessary to connect them. Rebuilding America’s middle class will require a coordinated approach to education and labor policymaking that recognizes that the good jobs of the future will require a postsecondary education, but that education and skills on their own are not enough to ensure that the jobs pay well and include essential benefits. The Center’s work spans the policy domains of education, labor, and workforce development. Our goal is to forge a more holistic approach to the challenges generated from technological change, an approach that recognizes the need to equip workers of the future with the knowledge, skills, and power necessary to fulfill the terms of our social contract. The ideal candidate is intellectually curious, a team player, and eager to learn more about community colleges and their role in our labor market and COVID-19 recovery.

Project Overview

  • Support research on how community colleges can enroll, bring back, and support students to graduation.
  • Support research on how states fund community college baccalaureate programs including through FTE spending, tuition setting authority, financial aid policy, and start up support.
  • Research high quality non-degree programs that connect people to good jobs.
  • Conduct research and analysis on how colleges finance the startup costs of non-degree programs and make those programs sustainable to run.
  • Author and publish blogs and other content for policymakers and the public about the design and policy strategies to support community college baccalaureate and non-degree programs.

Skills Overview

Ideal candidates will have the following qualities and qualifications:

  • An ability to design and execute a research plan and analyze the results of that research.
  • Strong presentation skills. The ability communicate complex ideas diverse audiences particularly in a virtual environment.
  • Strong analytical and writing skills.
  • An ability to independently contribute to larger team goals in a virtual setting.
  • An ability to effectively manage time and communicate actives to a team or supervisor.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to effectively participate as a member of a collaborative team.

Your Host

New America logo

We are dedicated to renewing the promise of America by continuing the quest to realize our nation's highest ideals, honestly confronting the challenges caused by rapid technological and social change, and seizing the opportunities those changes create. Since 1999, New America has nurtured a new generation of policy experts and public intellectuals. Today we are a community of innovative problem-solvers, combining our core expertise in researching, reporting and analysis with new areas of coding, data science, and human-centered design to experiment and innovate nationally and globally. We prize our intellectual and ideological independence and our diversity, seeking to do our best work and to reflect the America we are becoming.

SIF Mentor

Iris Palmer
Senior Advisor for Higher Education and Workforce, Education Policy Program, New America
Social Impact Fellowship Mentor

Iris Palmer is a senior advisor for higher education and workforce with the Education Policy program at New America. She is a member of the higher education team and also works closely with the Center on Education and Labor. She provides research and analysis on the ethical use of predictive analytics in higher education, apprenticeship, community colleges, and adults enrolled in higher education.

Current & Former New America Fellows

Lidia Tripiccione, GS, SLA
Social Impact Fellow

"I was born and raised in Italy, where I earned my BA in foreign languages (German and Russian) and my MA in Philosophy of Language. After that, I moved to Princeton and I am currently a rising fifth-year student at the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. I am interested in the reception of Russian and Soviet theories of literature in the USA and several European countries during the Cold War."

Sophie Chopin, GS, FIT
University Administrative Fellow
Social Impact Fellow

Sophie is a fifth-year graduate student in the Department of French and Italian. She also participated as a University Administrative Fellowship with the Financials Team in the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School. Working with André Benhaim, she is interested in the obsolescence of urban space, considering how contemporary literature views the modernization of cities as a ruin-producing phenomenon. 

Rebekah Haigh, GS, REL
Community College Teaching Fellow
University Administrative Fellow
Social Impact Fellow

"Taking part in the GradFUTURES Fellowship program was an enriching experience both professionally and personally. It opened up a whole world of experiences and possibilities that I plan on exploring in the future."

Elaine Tsui, GS, CHE
GradFUTURES Fellow

"My mentor helped me realize what career I wanted to pursue, and my experience as a GradFUTURES Fellow gave me the confidence to pursue that career. Taking part in this program opened my eyes to the possibilities outside of Princeton and equipped me with a new understanding of myself, personally and professionally."