Internship -- ASCEND Family Economic Security Program
The Aspen Institute - Washington, DC

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Position Title: Internship
Program/Dept. Center for Family Economic Security (ASCEND)
Position Location: Washington, DC
Reports To: ASCEND Deputy Director
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

ASCEND is a hub for breakthrough ideas and proven strategies that move parents, especially women, and their children beyond poverty toward educational success and economic security. Ascend takes a “two-generation” approach, focusing on opportunities for both parents and their children. The program concentrates on three key content areas — education, economic supports, and social capital. Ascend's core strategies are to spark a new conversation around low-income families in the U.S.; convene and engage across diverse sectors to build political will and develop a network of leaders; and elevate effective two-generation policies and community solutions. ( ).

Basic Function :
Ascend seeks an intern for the summer of 2012 to assist the Ascend team with communications, administrative, and logistical support. The intern will work full-time with the Program Associates responsible for strategic communications, operations, and logistics on developing content for a new website, and marketing for upcoming events, conferences, and convenings. The intern should have an interest in issues of family economic security, and he/she should be able to provide research and analysis on issues impacting low-income families in the United States – including education, economic supports, and social capital.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities :
Conduct research and gather/analyze issue brief, reports, and materials

Assist in research for new projects

Assist in developing and organizing content for Ascend website and social media

Support Program Associates with communications and messaging for conferences, roundtables, forums, and other convenings

Assist the Ascend team with daily operations, including administrative tasks

Knowledge, Education and Experience :
Undergraduate student

Strong written and verbal communication skills

Experience with a variety of social media, preferably in the context of professional or student organization work

Outstanding organizational skills, with emphasis on time-management, attention to detail, and the ability to plan, organize, and carry out multiple activities

Ability to work both autonomously and as part of a team

Excellent computer skills including Microsoft products (Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint)

Flexibility, creativity, and a commitment to excellence

To Apply :
To apply all applicants must submit a cover letter and resume. The cover letter must highlight the applicant's specific qualifications for the position. All applicants must also include three references. Cover letter, resume and references can be uploaded at Step 5 of the online application process. Applicants without the requested information may not receive full consideration.

The Aspen Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with all District and federal laws.

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