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Summer Intern, Finance Leaders Fellowship

Department: LEADERSHIP
Location: DC or Flexible , DC
Salary: $17 an hour

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.

About the Aspen Global Leadership Network
The Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN) is a growing, worldwide community of entrepreneurial leaders from business, government, and the nonprofit sector – over 3,000 “Fellows” from over 50 countries – who share a commitment to enlightened leadership and to using their extraordinary creativity, energy and resources to tackle the foremost societal challenges of our times. All share the common experience of participating in the Henry Crown Fellowship or one of the 13 active Aspen Global Leadership Network initiatives it has inspired in the United States, Africa, Central America, India, the Middle East and China.

About the Finance Leaders Fellowship
The Finance Leaders Fellowship (FLF) launched in 2016 as a two-year action-oriented fellowship that inspires high-performing leaders across the Finance ecosystem to work toward solving the most complex challenges the industry faces.  Each year, FLF supports classes of 22 leaders to engage in a thought-provoking experience of personal exploration – to move beyond success to a place of having an impact. Beyond the opportunity for deep introspection, the leadership impact venture process propels Fellows to turn thought into action. We require each Fellow to develop and launch a venture as an extension of their fellowship journey. Fellows identify whitespace areas of opportunity where they can use their leadership in the finance industry to apply market-based solutions to effect positive societal impact on industry challenges.

Job Description Summary
The Finance Leaders Fellowship is focused on the future of the global finance ecosystem and the leadership that is required today to create a more sustainable and equitable industry.  If you want to help write the next chapter of purpose-driven leadership and work on a highly visible portfolio, come join our team for the summer.  If you have a demonstrated interest at the intersection of the industry and societal impact or have a passion for this space, this internship opportunity will be the chance to define and evaluate how leaders are taking action and amplify the collective impact FLF has worldwide. 

Essential Responsibilities
The Finance Leaders Fellowship Intern will provide project-based programmatic and research-based support for the FLF team.  Primary projects will focus on the Fellow leadership venture portfolios and examine where and how Fellows make an impact on the finance industry and society more broadly.  

Support the FLF team on key projects that support the Fellow venture impact portfolio:

Market Research and Analysis

  • Conduct global market landscape and industry analysis to develop an overarching guide to map Fellows’ venture initiatives according to latest finance industry trends and verticals
  • Evaluate Fellow leadership ventures to understand where Fellows are focusing their ventures and how to categorize them according to market map
  • Translate data and analyses into an external narrative that shows the collective impact the fellowship has on the industry
  • Create venture case studies for placement on website, reports and other collateral

Venture Presentations at Seminar

  • Support team to prepare Fellows for venture presentations during June and July seminar sessions, including session format, pre-calls, and presentation materials
  • Support the creation of personalized forms and agendas for fellows during Seminar

Knowledge, Education and Experience:
Ideal candidates will possess the following traits: 

  • Demonstrated interest in leadership development and societal impact in the finance industry
  • Responsible, proactive, and trustworthy individual who enjoys taking ownership of projects and being accountable for their results
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent computer skills including Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint. Salesforce is a plus
  • Highly detail-oriented
  • Ability to multi-task, work on various projects at one time and excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Graduate or MBA student preferred

Primary Mission Accountabilities:
All Aspen Institute employees are expected to adhere to the etiquette and responsibilities detailed below:

  • Foster a culture of excellence in all aspects of work
  • Keen sense of personal integrity and discretion with handling sensitive information
  • Represent the Aspen Institute ideal of respect for the dignity and value of others
  • Promote a teamwork environment
  • Respect and value diversity
  • Respect and adhere to all regulations regarding the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Maintain flexibility with regard to switching between working remotely and in Aspen offices as needed if it is safe to do so with regard to COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions

To Apply:
Please visit the Aspen Institute’s career page and follow the instructions to submit a brief cover letter and resume. This is a paid internship with a minimum requirement of 30 hours per week with option for additional hours. Preferred time commitment is June through August, though can be flexible to the academic calendar.

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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