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Fall Intern - ANDE

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.

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 280 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 and small businesses 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 and winter events such as the Annual Conference, Investment Manager Training and Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Convening 

Conducting Research: Researching funding opportunities and various topic areas to remain up to date on news and research in the sector

Communications Support: Proofreading research reports to be put out in the spring, updating website content, reviewing and organizing multimedia and social media support

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

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, Economy, Finance, Communications or something similar
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Adaptable – able to support multiple teams within the organization and pivot to new tasks quickly
  • Strong attention to detail
  • IT Management Skills – Microsoft, Excel, Power Point and Internet
  • Graphic design and communication skills (preferable)
  • Experience with Salesforce (preferable)

Details about the role 

  • Timing is late August/early September to December, not exceeding a total of three months
  • 20 hours a week, depending on availability
  • The intern will use his or her own laptop
  • The hourly rate for the internship is 13.25/hour


  • 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

Applicants should answer three questions, submitted on a separate Word document when uploading their resume and cover letter:

1) How do you stay organized?
2) If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
3) Which ANDE member organization would you be most interested in meeting 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.

Please note that the internship posting will close on July 20, 2018. 

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