Public Affairs Fellow

New York, United States Full-time

We are looking for creative, self-motivated, flexible thinkers to join our team as Public Affairs Fellows. Successful candidates will join our rapidly growing start-up, as members of our Public Affairs Unit. Working with Applecart’s team of political strategists and data scientists, they will assume meaningful responsibilities to help meet client needs, develop new technology, and win campaigns.


  • You will work closely with our Public Affairs Staff, as well as the Partners, across varied high-impact internal and client-facing functions.
  • Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:
    • Assisting in general campaign activities to make sure all campaign actors have the data and insights they need to succeed
    • Exploring Applecart’s current and past projects to produce analyses and associated learnings
    • Building insight-rich reports for our clients
    • Managing voter mobilization campaigns
    • Developing proposal and pitch materials for prospective clients
    • Building case studies of current and past campaign successes
    • Researching developments in political news and political science (including research into political candidates, the histories of certain political geographies, and the academic literature of modern political campaigns)


Education and Experience

  • Currently enrolled in, or recent graduate from, a BA/BS or MA/MS program at a four-year college or university in political science, statistics, computer science, economics, or related fields
  • Experience working on a small team to complete time-sensitive, detail-oriented projects

Required Qualities

  • Ability to work well with a small team in a fast-paced, self-motivated environment
  • Exceptionally strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Particularly sharp attention to detail
  • Eagerness to learn
  • Comfort and confidence in problem-solving as a team and autonomously
  • Passion for American politics and interest in the nuts and bolts of political campaigns; self-proclaimed political junkies welcome
  • Interest in data-driven decision making; quantitative work experience a plus
  • Fluency with Microsoft Office required; SQL a plus


Logistical Details

  • Location: New York, NY
  • Application deadline: Jan 12, 2017
  • Fellowship term: Spring 2018 (with potential to extend to Summer 2018)
  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis
  • This position is open only to full-time applicants
  • This is a paid fellowship program


About Applecart

Applecart deploys proprietary technology to run smarter advertising campaigns. We work with some of the nation’s most prominent corporations, non-profit organizations, and political candidates to activate and communicate with key target audiences at a scale and level of efficacy previously thought impossible. Part high-level strategic consultancy, part cutting-edge data R+D lab, Applecart offers proven solutions derived from objective, iterative experimentation. Our core offering is a proprietary social graph that leverages publicly-available data to map real-world relationships between individuals at national scale. Our roots are in politics, where we have tested and honed our methods at every level, in high-impact circumstances. We’re branching out beyond political campaigns to tackle new advertising challenges in which determining “who knows whom” provides decisive advantages for our clients.

Applecart’s political work has been featured by The Colbert Report, CNN, The Washington Post, The Associated Press, USA Today, The Huffington Post, Bloomberg, among other prominent news outlets.

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