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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.

Press Intern

Location: Washington, DC

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.

The Aspen Partnership for an Inclusive Economy (APIE)

APIE is the first-ever enterprise level initiative of the Institute which seeks to address one of the defining challenges of our time -- growing economic inequality. The Aspen Partnership for an Inclusive Economy harnesses assets from across the Institute – combining the ideas, talents and resources of the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to develop solutions to address the growing threat of economic inequality. Through this platform the Aspen Institute seeks to accelerate the tipping point for change.

Basic Function

The Press Intern will provide support to APIE’s and the Aspen Institute’s central Communications & Marketing department in its work to promote the organization’s inclusive economy work in the media. The job can be performed remotely, but some in-person work may be expected as events and work activities return to in-person.  

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Research journalists and media outlets relevant to the Aspen Institute’s inclusive economy work and events, building tailored press lists using PR software.
  • Draft copy for media advisories, press releases, and press pitches.
  • Develop and maintain a running list of Aspen Institute inclusive economy press coverage and provide key metrics.
  • Monitor the news and generate ideas for relevant story pitches tied to upcoming research, Institute events, and in-house expertise.
  • Provide administrative and logistical support for APIE’s and the central communications team.
  • Other duties as needed.


  • Status as a student or recent graduate interested in journalism, communications, public policy, or a related field.
  • Must be willing to submit writing samples (including work published online) and complete a writing test.
  • Working knowledge of PR concepts and best practices
  • Working knowledge of PR software a plus, particularly Meltwater;
  • Excellent research, writing, and verbal skills.
  • Commitment to detail.

Time Frame:

  • March 2022- March 2023
  • Paid internship
  • Minimum of 20 hours/week
  • Up to one year

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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