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Communications Intern, EOP

Department: EOP
Location: Washington, DC

About the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Marylandís Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has an international network of partners.

The Economic Opportunities Program (EOP) advances promising strategies, policies, and ideas to help low- and moderate-income Americans connect to and thrive in a changing economy. Over its 25 years of work, EOP has focused on expanding individualsí opportunities to connect to quality work, to start businesses, and to build assets and economic stability. EOP staff work closely with national and local leaders Ė practitioners, policy makers, employers, thought leaders and advocates Ė to illuminate and encourage policies and practices with the potential to help lower-income Americans succeed in todayís economy. EOP has particular expertise in workforce training and education, approaches for improving the quality of front-line jobs, microenterprise development and business ownership, and financial services and asset building. To support these fields, EOP staff conduct evaluations and applied research to learn what works and document it; facilitate leadership development and capacity-building opportunities; and communicate related issues and promising approaches to broad and diverse audiences. For more information, visit

Basic Function

The Economic Opportunities Program seeks a creative, highly motivated, and organized intern for the winter/spring of 2019. The intern will support the Economic Opportunities Programís communications team in developing high quality content across our various communications outlets, researching opportunities to enhance EOPís communications efforts, and assessing and reporting on communications outcomes.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Candidates for this position should have an interest in advancing their skills in several of the following areas.

  • Writing and editing
  • Social media management   
  • Email communications
  • Press/media relations   
  • Event planning/logistics
  • Graphic design/data visualization
  • Digital analytics
  • Search engine optimization
  • Desktop publishing
  • Marketing/advertising
  • Web design/development   
  • Audio/video production   
  • Database management


Possible projects are likely to include:

 News Tracking

-    Compiling news stories on issues of interest to EOP and summarizing topics in the news.

 Social media

-    Searching for and drafting relevant content (written and graphic) to promote EOPís and its initiativesí

projects, events, publications, blog posts, etc.

-    Assisting in scheduling and outreach to social media partners.

 Digital analytics

- Compiling and analyzing data analytics for web, email, and social media communications as needed; making recommendations for improvement.

 Event support

- Assisting with event-related tasks as needed, including but not limited to developing and editing materials, assisting with managing registration lists, and assisting with event implementation.


-    Supporting the communications team in developing and maintaining high quality webpages for EOP and its initiatives.

-    Support EOP Communications team in improving access and navigability of EOP webpages, including by improving content and making all pages search-engine optimized.

 Email communications

-    Assisting in cleaning and maintaining contact lists in EOPís contact database.

-    Assisting with developing high-quality email communications.

Press relations

-    Researching members of the press whose work relates closely to EOPís.

-    Developing press lists, releases, and media advisories to promote projects, events, publications, blog posts, etc.

-    Researching and documenting mentions of EOP or its initiatives in news media.

Knowledge, Education, and Experience

  • Current or recent undergraduate or graduate student.
  • Interest in expanding economic opportunity for low- and moderate-income Americans.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills, including strong editing skills.
  • Outstanding organizational skills, with emphasis on the ability to plan, organize, and carry out multiple activities simultaneously.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to work autonomously and as part of a team.
  • Knowledge of and adherence to professional ethics.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office.
  • Technical experience in noncore tools & platforms a plus. For example:
    • Buffer, Hootsuite, or another social media management/analytics platform.
    • Constant Contact, MailChimp, or another email marketing platform.
    • Wordpress, Drupal, or another web management platform.
    • Photoshop, Illustrator, GIMP, Inkscape, or comparable graphic design program.
    • Acrobat, Publisher, Scribus, or comparable desktop publishing program.

Principal Interactions

Works with members of the EOP team, primarily the EOP communications team.

 Level of Authority

  • Non-supervisory position
  • No budgetary authority


  • None required


  • January-May 2019 (actual dates can be adjusted; internship to run for approximately 16 weeks with possibility of extension into summer)
  • Part-time, approximately 20 hours per week (negotiable)

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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