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Spring Intern- Urban Innovation

Location: Washington, DC

The Aspen Institute, founded in 1950, 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 Marylandís 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 Instituteís mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues.

About The Aspen Institute Center for Urban Innovation 

The Aspen Institute Center for Urban Innovation harnesses the innovative power of cities to make them great places for all of their residents, especially those in underserved neighborhoods, to live, work, connect, and flourish.  At their best, cities are engines for inclusion, economic advancement, and innovation -- how can they continue to be so?  The Center is a white-board space where smart, passionate, creative people find the answers to that vital question together. 

The opportunity 

You are a hard-working student who is passionate about bridging the gap between innovation and inclusion in cities.  Youíre curious about the intersection of emerging technologies and cities, and are interested in how startups, small businesses, and entrepreneurship can have an impact on underserved communities and 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 making cities beacons of ingenuity and equity.

Likely projects for the spring could include:

  • Research: Provide research support for projects on smart cities, inclusive entrepreneurship, and local government innovation.   You may be asked to summarize reports, identify emerging themes and best practices, and draft memos and briefs.
  • Event Support: Support preparations for our spring convenings and follow up from fall events.  As of now some of our spring programming focuses on transformative city leadership, social entrepreneurship, the intersection of technology, values, and cities, procurement, and making the venture capital system more inclusive for women and people of color.
  • Database and Administrative Support: Update information in our CRM database, support all staff with a variety of administrative needs.
  • Communications Support: Help strategize, draft, and review newsletter content, manage and maintain Twitter as needed, update website content.

Who are we looking for?  

  • A creative, passionate individual, wanting to contribute to research and convenings making a positive impact on urban innovation practitioners 
  • Experience with both quantitative and qualitative research
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Strong attention to detail
  • IT Management Skills Ė Microsoft, Excel, Power Point and Internet

Details about the role 

  • Timing is late January to early May, around total of three months
  • 10-20 hours a week, depending on availability


  • Experience working with a small-yet-mighty team working at the intersection of technology, entrepreneurship, and inclusion in cities around the country
  • Opportunity to interact with inspiring cross-sector practitioners and entrepreneurs
  • Access to various events and resources within the wider Aspen Institute

Applicants should answer three questions, submitted in a separate document in addition to uploading their resume, cover letter, and writing sample. 

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

1) Why are you interested in interning at the Aspen Institute Center for Urban Innovation?

2) Please provide an example of a time you went above and beyond in fulfilling expectations. 

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

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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