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Brent Scowcroft Award Fellowship

Department: ASG
Location: Washington, DC

The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Founded in 1949, the Institute drives change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most important challenges facing the United States and the world. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute has a campus in Aspen, Colorado, and an international network of partners.

The Aspen Strategy Group (ASG), a policy program of the Aspen Institute, is a resolutely nonpartisan forum in which preeminent experts and policymakers explore the most pressing foreign policy and national security challenges facing the United States. Typically, the Strategy Group convenes annually in Aspen, Colorado in public and private settings, as well as various domestic and international locations throughout the year, to hold strategic discussions on issues that affect American interests at home and abroad.  Since Covid shifted our work to the virtual space in 2020, we have developed a variety of successful digital platforms as well.

The ASG launched the Brent Scowcroft Award Fellowship (BSAF), a paid, temporary, and full-time internship program, in recognition of ASG Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus General Brent Scowcroft’s long-time dedication to the group, as well as his legacy of distinguished public service. Now in its 18th year, the six-month fellowship is designed to provide the first steppingstone for recent graduates with a keen interest in foreign policy by way of direct exposure to the types of critical, thoughtful, and bipartisan discussions that characterize the ASG’s dialogues.

This fellowship is set in a collaborative, small-team, and fast-paced environment. As the ASG Policy Initiatives team prepares for each meeting and program, we entrust our 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 for the duration of the fellowship. 

Fellowship Start Date in October 2021

(Exact Dates TBD – Approx. 6 months with possibility of up to 12 months)

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Under the management and supervision of the Associate Director for Policy Initiatives, provide a wide range of administrative and logistical support in preparation for various meetings, namely the ASG Summer Workshop; ASG Rising Leaders Program, Aspen Security Forum, the Aspen Ministers Forum; and the ASG’s track II dialogues with Europe, China, India, and Brazil
  • Attend meeting sessions and take thoughtful substantive notes on the discussions
  • Generate conference materials and manage information vital to conference planning
  • Draft correspondence for communication with meeting participants and outside vendors (e.g. invitations, memos, thank you notes, summary documents etc.)
  • Conduct background research and proofread written materials and publications
  • Assist in the writing of ASG statements, grant proposals, and reports
  • Curate content for the ASG Twitter handle and the weekly newsletter

Desired Qualifications:

  • An undergraduate degree is required, and a master’s degree is preferred
  • Meticulous attention to detail is essential
  • Familiarity with Zoom webinars and meetings
  • 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 easy ability to learn, tools such as Squarespace, Wordpress and Canva; Twitter; event registration/survey tools such as WufooPrior
  • 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, is strongly preferred

The Aspen Strategy Group strongly encourages candidates from under-represented backgrounds to apply. Please submit the following materials: a resume (listing at least two references’ contact information) and a cover letter.

Please note that the fellowship will commence in October 2021 and end six months from the start date on an agreed upon date. There is the possibility of a 1-time term extension for a total of twelve-month fellowship term.

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 the regular attendance policy of the Aspen Institute.

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