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Aspen Institute employees come from a wide range of backgrounds and possess a unique blend of education, skill, and policy experience. We recognize that our people are our vital resource and we value their knowledge, enthusiasm, and commitment. At the Aspen Institute we offer competitive salaries and a wide variety of benefits to our employees and their families.

If you would enjoy working in a dynamic environment and are looking for an opportunity to become part of a stellar team of professionals, we invite you to apply online today.


Location: DC or Flexible , DC
Salary: $15.20 to $20.00 per 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 Braddock Scholars Program

Made possible thanks to the generosity of Aspen Institute trustee, Rick Braddock, the Braddock Scholars program currently supports Fellows of the Aspen Global Leadership Network who aim to have transformational impact on society by bringing their venture to significant scale. The program supports selected Scholars through a combination of mentorship, peer-learning activities, a grant to fund a key scale active of the scholars choosing, and enhanced connectivity across the Aspen Institute.

The program is built on the belief that entrepreneurs are great at starting businesses, but the skills needed to effectively scale these innovations are very different. The program aims to bridge this “scaling gap” by channeling the expertise of a senior mentor towards the challenges the Fellow faces. The mentorship is defined by this specific mandate to focus on key scale challenges identified at the outset of the relationship. Scholars and mentors commit to spending at least one hour per month, having “board level” conversation. The Scholar class meets at least once annually to mobilize the wider Scholar and Mentor network as a broader advisory community.

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.

Job Description Summary:

The Braddock Scholars program is focused on supporting the scale of socially impactful ventures addressing some of the most pressing global challenges. If you are interested in contributing to the next chapter of purpose-driven leadership and to work on a highly visible portfolio, come join us for the summer. If you have a demonstrated interest at the intersection of the industry and societal impact, impact investing or social entrepreneurship, this internship opportunity will be the chance to define and evaluate how leaders are taking action and amplify the collective impact of the Braddock Scholars program worldwide.

The Braddock Scholars Intern will provide project-based programmatic and research-based support for the program’s Executive Director. Primary projects will focus on the portfolio of fellow-led ventures selected for mentorship and scale support post-fellowship. Applicants should have an interest in social entrepreneurship, keen attention to detail, and strong written and oral communication skills.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Market Research

  • Conduct market landscape and industry analysis to develop an overarching guide to map Scholars’ initiatives against the latest industry trends and verticals
  • Build repository related to Scholar development and resources to support Scholar community, including:
    • Research and collect information related to the ventures and leadership journey of Braddock Scholars, including fundraising and investors, awards, etc.
    • Research and current events, specific to topic (e.g., climate) or functionality (e.g., scale) and maintain calendar

Conduct Analysis and Reporting

  • Create user-friendly reporting tools to do cross-cohort analysis of industry, stage, investors, and socio-demographic information
  • Build framework for pipeline management of potential candidates, mentors and resources to supports
  • Help maintain contact information (most likely in Salesforce or Google docs), including details such as contact information, personalized agendas, travel and lodging logistics
  • Translate data and analyses into an external narrative that shows the collective impact the program has in driving scale ventures
  • Create case studies for placement on website, reports and other collateral
  • Support Advisory Board and donor communications as needed

Support near term Scholar convenings

  • Help track and manage details, materials and materials for the Resnick Aspen Action Forum (July) and Fall Scholar convening
  • Assist with the creation of documents and materials for upcoming convenings, including:
    • Registered attendees, bios, and photos
    • Business updates and news related to each participant
    • Event badges, swag, agenda, and readings and/or follow-up

Knowledge, Education and Experience:

Ideal candidates will possess the following traits:

  • Demonstrated interest in leadership development and societal impact
  • Responsible, proactive and trustworthy individual who enjoys taking ownership of projects and being accountable for results.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent computer skills including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and a level of comfort working with new databases and systems
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to multi-task with strong time management and organizational skills
  • Self-motivated, with initiative and a strong capacity for collaborative work

Primary Mission Accountabilities:

  • 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 idea 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 and productivity while working remotely and in the Washington, DC office as needed

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 20 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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