Monday, January 4, 2016

Spring Internship - Center for Native American Youth

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.

Center for Native American Youth

The Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) at the Aspen Institute, created by former US Senator Byron Dorgan with $1 million from his excess campaign funds, is a policy program dedicated to improving the lives of Native American youth. The CNAY is aimed at bringing greater national attention to the issues facing Native youth through communication, policy development and advocacy.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Research, drafting and editing  
  • Research topics as requested, from individuals and organizations to issues related to Native American youth; gather information from key sources and create succinct summaries for audiences of varying levels and backgrounds.
    • Draft correspondence, meeting materials, and other written materials.
    • Keep abreast of news and current trends in Indian Country, disseminate information on key issues to team members.
    • Attend relevant events in D.C. and draft summaries of events attended in an accessible, organized format.
    • Support CNAY staff with document formatting, printing, copying, and other administrative tasks.

  • Meeting Planning
    • Assist in planning events, including supporting on venue logistics, catering, speaker travel, talking points, name tag printing, materials preparation, and day-of support.

  • Communications
    • Support CNAY team with website updates, drafting and updating content as needed (no html experience necessary).
    • Draft stories and content, as requested, for e-newsletters, blog posts, and other communications efforts.

  • Administrative
    • Support CNAY’s team by scheduling appointments, completing reimbursements and other necessary forms.
    • Execute data entry tasks, filing, copying, answering phones, and other duties as assigned.

Principal Interactions:
Works with CNAY’s Director and Program Associates, routinely interacts with other Aspen Institute staff, and possibly attends meetings with CNAY’s Board of Advisors.


Knowledge, Education and Experience:
  • Undergraduate or Graduate student in field related to policy, communications and/or Native American studies;
  • Some work/internship experience preferred;
  • Strong interest in American Indian and Alaska Natives issues required;
  • Outstanding organizational skills, with emphasis on time-management, attention to detail and the ability to plan, organize and carry out multiple activities;
  • Strong communications skills, including ability to conduct online research and analysis, compose blog postings;
  • Excellent computer skills including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint;
  • Fluency with social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Flickr YouTube, etc.);
  • Team player who can also work individually and be a self-starter;
  • Knowledge of and adherence to professional ethics.
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