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Aspen Institute employees come from a wide range of backgrounds and possess a unique blend of education, skill, and policy experience. We recognize that our people are our vital resource and we value their knowledge, enthusiasm, and commitment. At the Aspen Institute we offer competitive salaries and a wide variety of benefits to our employees and their families.

If you would enjoy working in a dynamic environment and are looking for an opportunity to become part of a stellar team of professionals, we invite you to apply online today.

Intern, Development

Department: EEP
Location: Washington, DC

The Aspen Institute

The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Since its founding in 1949, the Institute has been driving change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most critical challenges facing communities in the United States and around the world. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute has a campus in Aspen, Colorado, and an international network of partners.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

To achieve our mission of a more free, just, and equitable society, we commit to working proactively to advance the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion across our myriad endeavors such as the recruitment, compensation, training, and advancement of staff. The best people-serving institutions make this commitment, and we seek to be a leader in the ways that we do so and learn from others. Visit our website to learn more about our commitment and recent actions taken toward building and nurturing a diverse and inclusive environment.

The Aspen Institute Energy and Environment Program (EEP) explores significant challenges with diverse thinkers and doers to make a more prosperous, equitable, and sustainable society for all. We address critical energy, environmental, and climate change issues through non-partisan, non-ideological convening, with the specific intent of bringing together diverse stakeholders to improve the process and progress of policy-level dialogue. This enables EEP to sit at a critical intersection in the conversation and bring together diverse groups of expert stakeholders. In addition to energy and environmental policy, which the program has been addressing for several decades, EEP is now actively and purposefully engaging in climate change policy mitigating the effects of climate change, adapting to the inevitable impacts of climate change, and the international cooperation needed to achieve these goals.


EEP seeks a creative, motivated, and development intern from June to August 2022 (about 8 weeks, but exact dates subject to negotiation). The intern will support the Development Associate in the following areas:

  • Conduct prospect research to gather important information on major philanthropies, private and public sector funders, and high net worth individuals, including which organizations they have funded previously, short biographies of board members and key decision makers, and their strategic goals for funding climate initiatives;

  • Create research briefs on philanthropic trends, such as new climate funding pledges, upcoming events organized by climate donors, sustainability initiatives, etc., to identify funding opportunities for current and future EEP programming;

  • Support EEP with other administrative tasks including data entry, proposal writing and research, as necessary.


  • Current or recent college student interested in climate change and/or nonprofit fundraising;

  • Ability to utilize discretion in dealing with sensitive and confidential information;

  • Excellent communication, written communication, organizational, and time management skill;

  • Familiarity with internet research techniques; willingness to learn how to use new resources;

  • Interest in research and problem solving;

  • Ability to work well independently and with others;

  • Self-starter who is motivated to excel with both small and large tasks;

  • Proficiency in Google Suite and Outlook.


This position can be remote, in-person, or hybrid (if located in the DC, MD, VA area) and is open for negotiation. 

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.  

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.

The Institute has implemented a mandatory COVID vaccination policy for all employees who will work at one of our physical locations, attend any of our in-person events or travel on behalf of the Institute. Staff unable to be vaccinated may request an exemption under certain circumstances.

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.

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