Law Clerk/Research Assistant Program


Dedicated to promoting pragmatic public policy that moves our state forward, ThinkTennessee is currently seeking law and graduate students to join our growing team.

About ThinkTennessee

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank, ThinkTennessee brings leaders together from across the state who believe that facts matter and that moderate, pragmatic voices should play a prominent role in shaping public policy. Our work blends top-notch research and policy analysis with a drive to get this information into the hands of policymakers, the media, nonprofit organizations and citizens.

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 2020: March 22, 2020
  • Fall 2020: July 12, 2020
  • Spring 2021: October 25, 2020

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.

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