New America GradFUTURES Fellowship: Center on Education and Labor (CELNA)

About New America

We are dedicated to renewing 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.

Our History:

New America was founded in 1999 to nurture a new generation of public intellectuals – scholars, policy experts, and journalists who could address major social, economic, and political challenges in ways that would engage the public at large – and to provide a set of blueprints for American renewal in an era of globalization and digitization. The initial challenge, which continues today, was to find the minds and foster the debates needed to guide American renewal in an era of profound, exhilarating, but often threatening change.

Under the leadership of Founding President Ted Halstead and his successor Steve Coll, New America became a vibrant intellectual community and public policy institute. Its Fellows and program staff have incubated and advanced breakthrough ideas in a wide range of domestic and international policy arenas.

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.

Our Work:

New America is pioneering a new kind of think and action tank: a civic platform that connects a research institute, technology lab, solutions network, media hub and public forum.

  • We generate big, bold ideas as templates for change.
  • We design and advance evidence-based public policies.
  • We surface, share, and scale locally generated and tested solutions to public problems through a national and global network of public, private, and civic partners.
  • We develop legal, political and technological tools to build democratic capacity and enable solutions to grow and spread.
  • We tell stories about what is happening and what is possible, to give Americans a window into what we are capable of achieving together and a vision of what a renewed America could and should be.

Our Vision:

As our institutions and ways of life are buffeted by change, we work for:

  • A society that promotes economic opportunity for all.
  • Equal representation in politics and participation in accountable governance.
  • A secure, prosperous America that lives up to its values and commitments at home and abroad.
  • Thriving families, individuals and communities with the time, stability and opportunity to lead self-directed lives.
  • Equitable, accessible, high-quality education and training over a lifetime.
  • Universal access to digital technology and its benefits across all communities.

New America GradFUTURES Fellowship Description

PROGRAM/DEPARTMENT: Center on Education and Labor (CELNA)

REPORTS TO: Mary Alice McCarthy, Director, Center on Education and Labor

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.

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. 


  • Conduct research and analysis of the postsecondary landscape of community college baccalaureate programs across the country.
  • Support research on how states fund community college baccalaureate programs including through FTE sending, 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.
  • Assist with the creation of a cohort of colleges offering such programs through agenda planning and facilitation of virtual meetings.
  • 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.


  • 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 work independently in a virtual setting.
  • An ability to effectively manage time and communicate actives to a team or supervisor.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively in as a member of a collaborative team.

The GradFUTURES Fellowship program offers highly curated experiential opportunities for graduate students at organizations who have partnered with the Graduate School. The fellowship opportunity below is currently accepting applications. All GradFUTURES Fellowships will be conducted in accordance with Princeton, local, state, and federal COVID-19 guidelines.

To be considered, applicants must be currently enrolled Princeton graduate students in good academic standing and meet all application criteria on the application form found below.

Hear from Current and Former Fellows & Mentors!

Megan Armknecht, GS, HIS
Summer Intern, Bureau of Bureau of Public Affairs/ Office of the Historian in Washington D.C
"[T]his experience helped me form meaningful working relationships with other historians, and has been helpful in framing my prospectus for my dissertation. I am still exploring both academic and non-academic career tracks, and this internship experience was helpful in seeing what possibilities there were for a career outside of academia."
Leanne Clark-Shirley
Vice President of Programs and Thought Leadership

"As ASA is largely reimagining and rebuilding its programs, we felt this was the perfect time to bring on a different, unique perspective to help shape our work. Having Pallavi Podapati's knowledge and experience in disability is adding so much value to our work on the intersections of ageism and ableism."

Jessica Dheere '93
Director of Ranking Digital Rights, New America

"My career trajectory is far from predictable, from art history and Latin American studies to internet policy and the Middle East. But art history taught me how to look closely at things and describe what I see, rather than what I expect to see. Latin American studies, including a semester abroad in Mexico and a lot of other travel, taught me how interconnected we all are. In my career and in my life, I aim to synthesize the best of the analog world I was born into with the digital world that has since emerged and do my small part to make it a better, more inviting place for all..."

Anna Eddelbuettel Hancock, GS, CBE

I graduated in May 2020 with my B.S. in biomedical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. I spent the summer after my graduation interning with the cell therapy team at MilliporeSigma before starting graduate school here at Princeton.

"As an incoming first year student with limited prior industry experience, this…

Alicia M. Ejsmond-Frey, *19, CLA
GradFUTURES Summer Fellow, Open Innovation Team, Cabinet Office (London, UK)
"My department was surprised but delighted to find out that I was going to pursue a career in government, and in his introduction to my FPO the director of graduate studies said I was a good example of the various doors that a PhD opens other than the obvious one into academia."
Lynne Guey, GS, SPIA

"One of my projects as a Responsible AI Institute GradFUTURES Fellow involved assisting the Department of Defense with a project to integrate responsible AI practices into its procurement process. This opportunity gave me the chance to direct my graduate studies towards helping an institution with a relatively under-the-radar but pressing issue."

Rebekah Haigh, GS, REL
GradFUTURES Fellow

After completing a BS at Rochester College and MTS and ThM at Emory University, Rebekah Haigh became a Fulbright Fellow at Hebrew University in 2017-2018. In 2018, she joined the PhD program in Religions of Mediterranean Antiquity at Princeton. While her dissertation centers on ritual and violence in ancient Judaism, she also explores the role…

Debbie Hart
President and CEO, BioNJ

Debbie Hart worked alongside NJ’s biotechnology industry leaders to establish BioNJ in 1994 and has been dedicated to building NJ’s life sciences ecosystem ever since. Debbie was named by Governor Murphy to the New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology where she serves as Vice Chair; as co-chair of the New Jersey Higher…

Max Horder, GS, ANT
University Administrative Fellow

I'm a fourth year graduate student working on Brexit and populism in the United Kingdom, where I am currently based. Whilst conducting fieldwork, I love growing my network and learning from other Princeton alums here in Europe who have gone in exciting directions.

I recently completed a University Administrative Fellowship with the…

Florence Hudson, '80, MAE
GradFUTURES Fellowship Sponsor

Florence Hudson is Executive Director of the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub at Columbia University, and Founder & CEO of FDHint, LLC, a global advanced technology and diversity & inclusion consulting firm. She is the project leader for the COVID Information Commons ( funded by NSF, providing an open…

Margaret Kurkoski, GS, ART

A scholar of Roman art and Ph.D. candidate at Princeton University, Margaret Kurkoski is primarily focused on the relationship between architecture and décor at ancient villas. Drawing from textual and archaeological sources, her work investigates how individual decisions concerning properties, whether enacted by patrons, architects, or…

Cate Mahoney, *20, ENG
University Administrative Fellow
"In the spring I will teach my first class, and I'm super excited! I've found working with John and Stephanie to be like working with old friends."