Friday, October 30, 2015

Spring Communications Internship with the Aspen Institute

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has an international network of partners.

The Communications Department is responsible for reporting on the broad work of the Institute both internally and externally, conducting media and public relations, and supporting all branches of the Institute with written materials such as the Institute’s magazine, books, reports, brochures, and more. The team also works to attract external editorial coverage of the Institute’s work and assists with the planning and execution of special events and public programs.

Basic Function:
The Communications intern will assist in tasks related to The Aspen Idea magazine, the Institute’s blog, other content for, and more. The Communications intern will also support the Communications Department in its work on special events and live programs.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Support the production team of The Aspen Idea magazine with tasks such as assembling photos for selection, writing photo captions, tracking photo credits, and fact-checking text.
  • Prepare blog posts contributed by Institute staff and partners in a Drupal CMS, adding hyperlinks and editing in a limited capacity for Institute style.
  • Assist in generating new story ideas and finding dynamic storytelling formats to feature on the Aspen Idea blog.
  • Write original blog posts to promote the work of the Institute.
  • Support the digital communications team by regularly finding and storing stock and editorial images for later use on our digital channels.
  • Participate in weekly digital content meetings
  • Follow up with programs to get/share their photos after events, uploading the photos onto the Institute’s internal server and onto Flickr.
  • Disseminate published materials to programs. Send program staff relevant Institute coverage of their events and other content (PDFs of magazine pages, images, blog post links, etc. for use on their own web pages and external websites).
  • Assist with the preparation for and execution of events such as the Institute’s book talks and roundtables.
  • Other duties as needed.

  • Status as a current college senior or graduate student studying journalism, communications, public policy, or related field.
  • Must be willing to submit writing samples (including work published online) and complete a writing test.
  • Working knowledge of content management systems and other digital tools preferred; knowledge of Photoshop a plus. Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel required.
  • Excellent research, writing, and verbal skills.
  • Commitment to detail.

To Apply:
Applicants must apply online at the Aspen Institute’s career page, submitting a full resume and a cover letter.Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.  To learn more, click here.