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Communications Intern, EOP

Department: EOP
Location: Washington, DC

About Us 

The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Founded in 1949, the Institute drives change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most important challenges facing the United States and the world. Learn more at

The Economic Opportunities Program (EOP) advances strategies, policies, and ideas to help low- and moderate-income people thrive in a changing economy. We recognize that race, gender, and place intersect with and intensify the challenge of economic inequality and we address these dynamics by advancing an inclusive vision of economic justice. For over 25 years, EOP has focused on expanding individualsí opportunities to connect to quality work, start businesses, and build economic stability that provides the freedom to pursue opportunity. Learn more at

About This Role

The Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program (EOP) seeks a creative, motivated, and organized communications intern for the spring of 2021. The intern will support our communications team in developing high-quality content across our channels, researching opportunities to enhance our communications efforts, and assessing and reporting on communications outcomes. Candidates should have an interest in advancing their skills in several of the following areas:

  • Writing and editing
  • Social media
  • Email and contacts
  • Event planning
  • Analytics/SEO
  • Media tracking
  • Graphic design/data visualization
  • Web design
  • Audio/video production
  • Digital accessibility


  • Current or recent college/graduate student or other professional early in their journey in the communications field.
  • Interest in expanding economic opportunity for low- and moderate-income Americans.
  • Experience or interest in learning and communicating about issues related to racial equity.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Knowledge of and adherence to professional ethics.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office or a comparable office suite.
  • Familiarity with AP and/or Chicago style a plus.
  • Experience or interest in learning:
    • Buffer, Hootsuite, TweetDeck, or another social media management platform.
    • Constant Contact, Mailchimp, or another email marketing platform.
    • Google Analytics, Matomo, or another web analytics platform.
    • WordPress, Drupal, or another content management system.
    • Photoshop, GIMP, Inkscape, or another graphic design/illustration platform.
    • Zoom, GoToWebinar, BigBlueButton, or another videoconferencing/webinar platform.

Possible Projects

Social Media

  • Draft and schedule social media content.
  • Identify opportunities to boost our social media impact.

Email and Contacts

  • Help to maintain EOPís contact list.
  • Help to draft and design email communications.

Event Planning

  • Support planning, promotion, and execution of virtual events.

Media Tracking

  • Curate news clips relevant to EOPís work.

Audio/Video Production

  • Support production of EOPís video clips and podcast.


  • Compile and analyze data on EOPís web, email, and social communications.
  • Identify potential opportunities for improvement.

Web Design

  • Create and update pages on the Aspen Institute website, such as blog posts and report pages.

Digital Accessibility

  • Support efforts to ensure EOP materials are accessible to all participants, such as adding captions, writing alt text, and reviewing document structure to follow best practices.

Dates: March-July 2021 (actual dates can be adjusted; internship to run for approximately 16 weeks with possibility of extension into late summer/early fall)

Hours: Part-time, approximately 20 hours per week (negotiable)

Paid/Unpaid: Paid

Location: Remote, with access to our Washington DC office if needed (not required for the position)

To Apply

Please visit the Aspen Institute career page to complete an application. Applicants will be asked to provide a resume and cover letter. We encourage you to use the cover letter as an opportunity to describe your interest in the position and your relevant experience. Applications without cover letters will not be reviewed.


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 the regular attendance policy of the Aspen Institute.


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