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Brent Scowcroft Fellow

Department: ASG
Location: Washington, DC

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 has an international network of partners.

The Aspen Strategy Group (ASG), a policy program of the Aspen Institute, is a nonpartisan forum in which preeminent experts and policymakers explore the most pressing foreign policy and national security challenges facing the United States. The Strategy Group convenes annually in Aspen, Colorado, as well as various international locations, to hold strategic discussions on issues that affect American interests at home and abroad. The Aspen Security Forum (ASF), a major public component of ASG’s work, brings to our campus in Aspen each summer senior present and former government officials from all the relevant agencies; a number of foreign officials; leading thinkers; and national noted print and broadcast journalists to hold strategic discussions on the key issues of the day that affect American security interests at home and abroad.

The ASG launched the Brent Scowcroft Award Fellowship (BSAF), a paid internship program, in recognition of ASG Co-Chairman General Brent Scowcroft’s dedication to the ASG over the years, as well as his legacy of distinguished public service. Now in its 13th year, the six-month fellowship is designed to provide the first stepping stone for recent graduates with a keen interest in foreign policy by way of direct exposure to the types of critical, thoughtful, and nonpartisan discussions that characterize ASG and ASF.

This ASG fellowship is set in a collaborative, small-team, and fast-paced environment. As the team prepares for each meeting, the ASG entrusts its BSAF fellows with a high level of responsibility. Therefore, we seek candidates with the ability to work both efficiently as part of a team and independently to ensure the success of the ASG’s various activities.

Please note that while the fellowship is temporary in nature, fellows are required to work full time. 

Fellowship for April 2019– October 2019

(Exact Dates TBD – Approx. 6 months)

 Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Under the supervision of the Director and Program Manager, provide a wide range of administrative and logistical support in preparation for the annual Aspen Security Forum and Aspen Strategy Group Summer Workshop
  • Generate conference materials and manage information vital to conference planning
  • Draft correspondence for communication with meeting participants and outside stakeholders
  • Conduct background research and proofread written materials and publications
  • Assist in the writing of proposals and reports

Desired Qualifications: 

  • An undergraduate degree is required, and a master’s degree is preferred
  • Meticulous attention to detail is essential
  • Ability to work as a team player within a small-team environment; Ability to multi-task and take initiative in problem solving; Strong work ethic, with a keen understanding of protocol
  • Excellent communication and writing skills
  • Must be able to work under pressure, handle stress and manage competing demands/priorities
  • Proficiency with, or ability to learn, tools such as Squarespace and Adobe InDesign; Social media tools such as Twitter and Hootsuite; Event registration/survey tools such as Wufoo and Cvent
  • Prior office experience, especially in events management, is preferred but not required
  • Outstanding academic record in the field of International Relations, Political Science, Economics, etc., along with a long-term interest in working in the field of U.S. foreign policy or national security, is strongly preferred

The Aspen Strategy Group strongly encourages candidates from under-represented backgrounds to apply. Please submit the following materials: 1) a resume (listing at least two references’ contact information); 2) a cover letter; and 3) a writing sample (no longer than 5 pages)

Please note that the fellowship will commence in April 2019 and end six months from the start date on an agreed upon date.

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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