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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.

Summer Intern

Location: Washington, DC
Salary: $16.10 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.

Aspen Economic Strategy Group:

The Aspen Economic Strategy Group (AESG), a program of the Aspen Institute, is composed of a diverse, bipartisan group of distinguished leaders and thinkers with the goal of promoting evidence-based solutions to significant U.S. economic challenges. Co-chaired by Henry M. Paulson, Jr. and Timothy F. Geithner, the AESG fosters the exchange of economic policy ideas and seeks to clarify the lines of debate on emerging economic issues while promoting bipartisan relationship-building among current and future generations of policy leaders in Washington.

Basic Function:

The AESG is seeking an intern with a demonstrated interest in economic policy who is motivated, responsible, and detail-oriented. The ideal candidate has a passion for supporting a wide range of communications, operational, administrative, and logistical tasks; is creative, enterprising, and eager to learn on the job; is excited about balancing multiple, often simultaneous, activities; and has extremely high standards for the quality of their work. Qualified candidates must demonstrate exceptional verbal and written communication skills, impeccable attention to detail, and the ability to flourish on a small, dynamic, and fast-paced team. Critical thinking skills are also essential, as is the ability to exercise good judgment in a variety of situations.

Note: Candidate must be available to attend the AESG annual meeting in Aspen Colorado August 2-4, 2023.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:  

The intern will work under the guidance of the deputy director, senior meeting planner, program associate and program coordinator to support the following activities:

  • Meeting and Administrative Support
    • Assist with the preparation of materials for annual member meeting, including guest lists, readings, participant bios, and agendas.  
    • Support program staff with document formatting, printing, copying, and other administrative tasks.
    • Prepare agendas for weekly team meetings and take notes during meetings and calls.
    • Provide on-site logistical support at AESG annual meeting, including set-up, registration, tear down, etc. under direction of senior meeting planner.
  • Research Support  
    • Research various economic policy topics and issues as requested by deputy director.
    • Gather information from credible academic sources and create succinct summaries of complex economic policy issues.
  • Communications Support
    • Draft and/or proof-read correspondence, meeting materials, and other written materials.
    • Draft original digital media content including video, graphics, photo editing, e-newsletters, and social media posts.
    • Assist with production and dissemination process for publications including coordinating between AESG team and external graphic designer.
    • Maintain, update, and use computer programs for mailing lists and databases.
    • Draft tweets featuring AESG content or member writings.

Knowledge, Education and Experience:

  • BA/BS candidate in economics with strong academic track record
  • Previous experience in a professional setting
  • A desire to learn, sense of humor, flexibility, and resourcefulness
  • Outstanding organizational skills, with emphasis on time-management, attention to detail and the ability to plan, organize and carry out multiple activities
  • Strong, demonstrable writing and communications skills
  • Excellent computer skills required, specifically, expertise with: Microsoft Office products. Proficiency using Twitter, Wufoo, MailChimp, contact databases, Canva/graphic design software, and/or website maintenance experience preferred
  • Ability to travel

The Aspen Institute offers a generous benefits package including health, dental, vision, and prescription benefits, retirement benefits, and paid leave.

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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