Intern, New Voices Fellowship

The Aspen Institute
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Sep 29

Position description

The Aspen Institute, founded in 1950, is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering enlightened leadership and open-minded dialogue. Through seminars, policy programs, conferences and leadership development initiatives, the Institute and its international partners seek to promote nonpartisan inquiry and an appreciation for timeless values. The Institute is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Its international network includes partner Aspen Institutes in Berlin, Rome, Lyon, Tokyo, and New Delhi, and leadership programs in Africa and Central America.

Aspen Innovators Group
The Aspen Global Innovators Group widens access to health and prosperity for people living at the world’s margins. Our network of innovators brings overlooked challenges into plain sight, then creates programs, policies and partnerships to address them. Its breakthrough programs include: New Voices Fellowship, which brings expert voices from emerging countries into the global development discussion; AMP Health, which works with health leaders in under-resourced countries advancing to the last mile; the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise, supporting the world’s most untapped start-up community; and Spotlight for Health, a premier creative forum on health at the Aspen Ideas Festival.

Overview of Responsibilities:
This position will work with Aspen Innovator’s New Voices Fellowship. The Fellowship is a groundbreaking initiative designed to bring more expert voices from the developing world into the global development discussion. It offers development experts from Africa and other parts of the developing world a year-long program of media support, training, research and writing under the guidance of experienced mentors and trainers. Read more here.

Aspen Innovators is seeking an organized, self-starting intern with strong detail orientation and research and communication skills to work closely with the program staff and support New Voices program activities. Ideally, the intern will possess a familiarity with issues around international development, media and communications.

Essential duties will include: 

Monitoring and evaluation assistance

  • Gather data on Fellows’ previous and current media appearances for grant reporting.
  • Synthesize data into easily understood graphs and chart.

Communications assistance

  • Collect articles relevant to Fellows’ expertise
  • Stay abreast of current global health and development policy
  • Gather information on upcoming conferences and speaking opportunities for Fellows

Research, drafting and editing 

  • Keep abreast of news and current trends in global family planning and international development, disseminate information on key issues to team members.
  • Support Aspen Innovators staff with document formatting, printing, copying, and other administrative tasks.

Meeting Planning

  • o Assist in planning events, including supporting on venue logistics, catering, travel arrangements, name tag printing, materials preparation, and day-of support. 

Website maintenance 

  • Support New Voices team with website updates, drafting and updating content as needed (no html experience necessary).

Data management 

  • Update and organize data in the Salesforce database.
  • Assist in event strategy, planning, and monitoring and evaluation by categorizing and tracking participants for New Voices events.
  • Help innovate new opportunities for streamlining data, being more strategic and saving time.


  • Current undergraduate or graduate student, or a recent graduate. Degree in international relations, public health, political science, environmental studies, journalism, or a related field preferred.
  • Demonstrated interest in international development and international public health policy.
  • Support for and knowledge of Aspen Aspen Innovator’s mission and programs.
  • Self-starter, detail oriented and commitment to excellence. 
  • Excellent writing and communications skills.
  • Highly organized, with the ability to work independently and manage multiple priorities.
  • Strong research and document formatting skills.
  • Ability to work well in a team.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Social media and web experience a plus.
  • Video editing skills a plus

Time Frame:  

  • November 2017– February 2018, with possibility of extension 
  • 16 - 40 hours/week between 9am-5p

Application instructions

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