Jobs & Internships

About ThinkTennessee

Based in Nashville, ThinkTennessee is a nonpartisan, results-oriented think tank that uses research and advocacy to build a state where all Tennesseans are civically engaged and economically secure.

We believe our state does best when voters have a say in the decisions that impact their lives and workers earn enough to support their families. That’s why we focus our work on researching and then advocating for policies that empower voters, support working families and build a shared understanding of how our state stacks up nationally.

ThinkTennessee is currently working remotely. We will resume some form of in-person work later this year.

External Relations Associate

The External Relations Associate will help broaden ThinkTennessee’s impact by providing communications, development and event-planning support to our growing team.

Key Job Responsibilities:

Fuel Our Communications Efforts

  • Design policy briefs, PowerPoint presentations, social media graphics, video and other deliverables.
  • Create a social media strategy to grow online presence and engagement with media, policymakers, partners and the public.
  • Assist staff in implementing our communications plan, including through daily media monitoring and outreach, as needed.
  • Draft communications materials, including press releases, media advisories and email newsletters.
  • Proofread public communications for spelling, grammar, syntax and brand voice.
  • Maintain website.

Support Our Fundraising and Development Work

  • Create and manage digital fundraising campaigns.
  • Conduct preliminary research on prospective supporters, including foundations, individuals and others.
  • Process donations and prepare acknowledgment letters and other correspondence.
  • Maintain fundraising database; use it to generate mailing lists and event invitations.

Provide Event-Planning and Administrative Support

  • Assist staff in planning and executing events, including policy forums, fundraisers and board meetings.
  • Administer our law clerk, research assistant and internship programs.
  • Lend a hand with other duties as needed.

Qualifications:

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • 2+ years relevant work experience.

Skills

  • Ability to manage work streams on various project teams and balance multiple priorities.
  • Extremely strong writing, editing and proofreading skills.
  • Rigorous attention to detail and the highest standards for excellence in execution.

Characteristics

  • Passion for and demonstrated commitment to ThinkTennessee’s mission.
  • Self-motivated with a strong work ethic.
  • Ability to flourish in a start-up environment and adapt to changing priorities and duties within the organization’s overall mission.

Compensation: Competitive salary ($40,000-$45,000) commensurate with experience. We offer comprehensive benefits, including healthcare, retirement, paid family leave and paid time off.

Commitment to a diverse workplace: ThinkTennessee is an equal opportunity employer. As an organization focused on moving Tennessee forward, we understand that diverse teams are stronger, more innovative and more productive. Interested candidates who do not meet all listed criteria should still apply, as our organizational structure focuses on providing opportunities for professional growth.

How to apply: Applicants should send a resume and a cover letter to info@thinktn.org by June 14, 2021.

 

Legal Externship / Research Assistantship Program

ThinkTennessee law clerks and research assistants will have a unique opportunity to collaborate with our staff and board of directors, as well as other prominent thought leaders, to produce meaningful policy work. Its president, Shanna Singh Hughey, is a lawyer who previously served as senior advisor to Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and nominations counsel on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.

Applicants should have excellent research and writing skills, a demonstrated interest in public policy and/or nonprofit management and a willingness to work independently on a variety of tasks.

This position is unpaid, but ThinkTennessee will support clerks’ and research assistants’ efforts to obtain academic credit or outside funding.

Position open to: Law students and graduate students in public policy or political science

Length and location: Law clerks and research assistants will work from ThinkTennessee’s main office in downtown Nashville (or remotely, as necessary). Summer clerks and research assistants typically work full-time; split summers are acceptable. During the school year, clerks and research assistants may choose either a part-time or a full-time schedule (a six-hour minimum per week is required).

Application Deadline:

Summer 2021: March 21, 2021
Fall 2021: July 11, 2021
Spring 2022: October 24, 2021

Applicants are encouraged to apply early. If your school requires you to submit your clerkship or assistantship information by a certain date for funding purposes, please specify this in your application.

To apply for this job email your cover letter and resume to info@thinktn.org

Apply using webmail:
Gmail / AOL / Yahoo / Outlook

Internship Program

ThinkTennessee interns will have a unique opportunity to collaborate with our staff and board of directors, as well as other prominent thought leaders, to produce meaningful work.

Applicants should have excellent research and writing skills, a demonstrated interest in public policy, nonprofit management, communications and/or fundraising and a willingness to work independently on a variety of tasks. Please note your primary area(s) of interest when applying.

This position is unpaid, but ThinkTennessee will support interns’ efforts to obtain academic credit or outside funding.

Position open to: Undergraduate students

Length and location: Interns will work from ThinkTennessee’s main office in downtown Nashville (or remotely, as necessary). Summer interns typically work full-time; split summers are acceptable. During the school year, interns may choose either a part-time or a full-time schedule (a six-hour minimum per week is required).

Application Deadline:

Summer 2021: March 21, 2021
Fall 2021: July 11, 2021
Spring 2022: October 24, 2021

Applicants are encouraged to apply early. If your school requires you to submit your clerkship or assistantship information by a certain date for funding purposes, please specify this in your application.

To apply for this job email your cover letter and resume to info@thinktn.org

Apply using webmail:
Gmail / AOL / Yahoo / Outlook