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ANDE Fall Intern

Department: ANDE
Location: Washington, DC

The Aspen Institute, founded in 1950, The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Through seminars, policy programs, conferences and leadership development initiatives, the Institute and its international partners seek to promote nonpartisan inquiry and an appreciation for timeless values. The Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, Washington, DC, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It maintains offices in New York City, has leadership programs in Africa and Central America, and an international network of partners in Berlin, Rome, Lyon, Tokyo, and New Delhi. The Aspen Institute’s mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues.

About ANDE

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) is a global net­work of organizations that propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets. ANDE mem­bers provide critical financial, educational, and business support services to small and growing businesses (SGBs) based on the conviction that SGBs will create jobs, stimulate long-term economic growth, and produce environmental and social benefits. Ultimately, we believe that SGBs can help lift countries out of poverty.

Launched with 34 members in 2009, ANDE now comprises more than 290 members who collectively operate in more than 150 countries. Members of ANDE include both for and nonprofit investment funds, capacity development providers, research and academic institutions, development finance institutions, foundations and corporations from around the world. Based in Washington, D.C. with several offices in emerging markets, the ANDE team works hard to support members globally, and locally, while building strong ecosystems for entrepreneurial growth. ANDE develops unique initiatives to address systemic challenges and seize opportunities that can only be approached through collective action. You can read more about ANDE here.

The opportunity

You are a hard-working graduate or undergraduate student who thinks a lot about global development and how to change the world. You love traveling and jump at any chance to connect with people from other countries. You’re curious about the intersection of business and development, and are interested in how startups, small businesses, and entrepreneurship can have an impact on local economies. You take pride in focusing on details and are the first to raise your hand to help with any task, however small it may be. You have diverse interests and can see yourself jumping in and learning new skills that could contribute to a better livelihood for an entrepreneur in a developing country.

Likely projects for the fall could include:

- Event Support: Supporting preparations for our fall events, including our largest annual event, the ANDE Annual Conference, as well as other smaller-scale events.

- Database and Administrative Support: Updating information in our CRM database, communicating with members to confirm data, supporting all staff with a variety of administrative needs

- Communications Support: Writing and proofreading blog posts, updating website content, reviewing and compiling newsletters

- Conducting Research: Researching potential member opportunities, staying up to date on various topic areas of interest to ANDE members

Who are we looking for?

  • A creative, passionate individual, wanting to learn about entrepreneurship in emerging markets
  • An undergraduate or graduate student majoring in Business, International Development, Social Sciences, Economics, Finance or something similar
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Adaptable – able to support multiple ongoing projects and pivot to new tasks quickly
  • Strong attention to detail
  • IT Management Skills – Microsoft, Excel, Power Point and Internet
  • Experience with Salesforce (preferable)
  • Graphic design and communication skills (preferable)

Details about the role

  • Timing is late August or early September to mid-November or early December, around a total of three months
  • 15-20 hours a week, depending on availability
  • This is a paid position. The hourly rate is minimum wage.


  • Experience working for a global network of organizations working in the entrepreneurial and impact investment space in emerging markets
  • Opportunity to interact with staff and members across the globe
  • Access to various events and resources within the wider Aspen Institute

Application Instructions:

To access the application, please navigate to the online application portal. Applicants should also answer three questions, submitted in a separate document, in addition to uploading their resume and cover letter.

Please note that only applicants who submit all materials will be considered.

1) How do you stay organized and focus on attention to detail?

2) If you could visit any of ANDE’s Regional Chapter offices, which would you choose and why?

3) Which ANDE member organization would you like to meet the most and why?

The Aspen Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with all District and federal laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or protected veteran or disabled status and will not be discriminated against.

Candidate must have the ability to work under pressure and handle stress. Candidate must also have the ability to meet regular attendance policy of the Aspen Institute.


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