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Graduate Intern

Department: LATINOS
Location: Washington, DC

Position Title:                      Graduate Intern

Program/Dept.:                  Latinos and Society

Position Location:             Washington, DC

FLSA Status:                        Part-Time, Non-Exempt

Reports To:                          Program Manager and Senior Program Associate, Latinos and Society

 Time Frame:                        August-December 2019


The Aspen Institute: 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 Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and San Francisco and has an international network of partners.

The Aspen Institute Latinos and Society Program (AILAS) provides a nonpartisan forum for conversation, learning, and idea generation on critical issues impacting Latinos and the nation. We focus on the critical policy lever of economic advancement for Latinos, to come up with innovative and actionable solutions for a more prosperous future for all Americans. We also develop the leadership capacity of Latinos through our scholarship programs which increase Latino participation in a wide variety of Institute programs. To learn more about our work see: https://www.aspeninstitute.org/programs/latinos-and-society-program/.  AILAS is comprised of a small but mighty team of four driven and energetic professionals who share a commitment to the program’s mission.

Basic Function: The graduate intern will work under the direction of both the Program Manager & Senior Program Associate to provide grant reporting, administrative and research support to AILAS, as well as assisting with communications, and general operations. The graduate intern should be someone who has deep interest in and some knowledge of American Latino issues and economic development programs. The intern should also be someone who embraces big ideas, is action oriented and wants to help carry out programming for a small, but evolving policy program within The Institute. The intern will assist with research, writing, and data management and have the opportunity to engage with staff around The Aspen Institute.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: AILAS is seeking a professional, responsible, graduate intern to assist with the following:

  • Co-lead on writing program communications and deliverables; including writing, editing and reviewing donor reports, blogs, newsletters, and other communication materials as assigned.
  • Track policy conversations related to the Latino community with a focus on economic advancement.  
  • Work with staff to design and implement program activities, including planning initiatives, and writing summary documents to stakeholders.
  • Conduct research and data collection on issues related to economic mobility and financial well-being, particularly for American Latinos.
  • Support data management and tracking through data entry, and Excel spreadsheet organization.
  • Other duties as assigned.

This candidate must be well organized and flexible, have excellent writing skills, and have the ability to interact with staff at all levels. This position requires excellent time management and communication skills, and superior knowledge of word processing and Excel. The graduate intern must be able to contend with multiple demands and pressure for speed and accuracy while maintaining a high level of sustained attention to detail. The candidate should be results-oriented, highly motivated, creative, and a team player. 

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter explaining your interest in this position supporting the Aspen Institute Latinos and Society Program, as well as a résumé. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with a preference for those submitted by July 10, 2019.

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