Thursday, October 29, 2015

Paid Full-Time Internship with the Aspen Institute, Starting in November for Recent Grad

The Aspen Strategy Group (ASG), a policy program of the Aspen Institute, is a nonpartisan forum in which preeminent experts and policymakers explore the most pressing foreign policy and national security challenges facing the United States. The Strategy Group convenes annually in Aspen, Colorado, as well as various international locations, to hold strategic discussions on issues that affect American interests at home and abroad.

The ASG launched the Brent Scowcroft Award Fellowship (BSAF), a paid internship program, in recognition of ASG Co-Chairman General Brent Scowcroft’s dedication to the ASG over the years, as well as his legacy of distinguished public service. Now in its 12th year, the six-month fellowship is designed to provide the first stepping stone for recent graduates with a keen interest in foreign policy by way of direct exposure to the types of critical, thoughtful, and bipartisan discussions that characterize the ASG’s dialogues.

A collaborative, small-team, and fast-paced environment is the setting for the fellowship. As the team prepares for each meeting, the ASG entrusts with its BSAF fellows a high level of responsibility. Therefore, we seek candidates with the ability to work efficiently as part of a team and independently to ensure the success of the ASG’s various activities.

Please note that while the fellowship is temporary in nature, fellows are required to work full time.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Under the supervision of the Deputy Director, provide a wide range of administrative and logistical support in preparation for various meetings, namely the ASG Summer Workshop, the ASG’s track II dialogues with China, India, and Brazil, and the Aspen Ministers Forum
  • Generate conference materials and manage information vital to conference planning
  • Draft correspondence for communication with meeting participants and outside vendors
  • Conduct background research and proofread written materials and publications
  • Assist in the writing of grant proposals and reports
Desired Qualifications:

  • Meticulous attention to detail. Ability to work as a team player within a small-team environment; 
  • Ability to multi-task and take initiative in problem solving; Strong work ethic, with a keen understanding of protocol
  • Excellent communication and writing skills
  • Proficiency with, or easy ability to learn, tools such as Squarespace and Adobe InDesign; Social media tools such as Twitter and Hootsuite; Event registration/survey tools such as Wufoo
  • Prior office experience, especially in events management, is preferred but not required
  • Outstanding academic record in the field of International Relations, Political Science, Economics, etc., along with a long-term interest in working in the field of U.S. foreign policy, is desirable

To Apply:

The Aspen Strategy Group strongly encourages candidates from under-represented backgrounds to apply. Please submit the following materials: 1) a resume (listing at least two referees’ contact information); 2) a cover letter; and 3) a writing sample (no longer than 5 pages). Please note that the fellowship will commence in November 2015 and come to an end upon completion of 1000 work hours or six months, whichever comes first. Learn more here.