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 Institute Energy and Environment Program (EEP) explores significant challenges with diverse thinkers and doers to make a more prosperous, equitable, and sustainable society for all. We address critical energy, environmental, and climate change issues through non-partisan, non-ideological convening, with the specific intent of bringing together diverse stakeholders to improve the process and progress of policy-level dialogue. This enables EEP to sit at a critical intersection in the conversation and bring together diverse groups of expert stakeholders. In addition to energy and environmental policy, which the program has been addressing for several decades, EEP is now actively and purposefully engaging in climate change policy – mitigating the effects of climate change, adapting to the inevitable impacts of climate change, and the international cooperation needed to achieve these goals.
The Future Leaders Climate Summit is the flagship event of the Future Leaders Climate Initiative, which focuses on developing the next generation of climate leaders by inspiring new ideas and challenging thinking around leadership and solutions to climate change. The Summit is multi-day gathering of ~100 young leaders (ages 18-30) that aims to empower these individuals that will be shaping and driving our response to the climate crisis. The 2022 Summit will take place March 3-7, 2022, in Miami Beach, Florida.
ABOUT THIS ROLE
EEP seeks a creative, motivated, and organized intern from November 1, 2021 – April 30, 2022 (exact dates subject to negotiation) to support the 2022 Future Leaders Climate Summit. The Future Leaders Climate Summit Intern will provide programmatic, operational, and administrative support for the FLCS Team. Applicants should have an interest in sustainability and climate change, planning major events, a keen attention to detail, and strong written and oral communication skills. The person in this position will gain skills in a range of administrative and project management; as well as be exposed to thought leaders across our policy areas in energy and environment.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
- Assist the team with reviewing Summit applications, make selections, and draft related correspondences.
- Assist with the 2022 registration process and send weekly updates on registration targets and other event related details.
- Help maintain the attendee database including details such as contact information, personalized agendas, travel and lodging logistics, payment details, scholarship information, etc.
- Assist with the creation of the event “2022 Future Leaders Page” with confirmed attendees, bios, and photos.
- Assist with the development of attendee materials including event badge, swag, and agenda.
- Support travel logistics for future leaders and presenters.
- Help with the development of the agenda sessions and materials which includes researching session topics and potential presenters.
- Support outreach to participants, presenters, moderators, etc. Duties include draft invitations and other correspondence as well as scheduling calls.
- Support other programmatic needs on an ad hoc basis.
- Assist in tasks related to event planning and execution, including organizing day-of event tasks. There is a possibility that the intern will be requested to travel to Miami Beach several days in advance of the event for final preparations.
- Support event wrap up including thank you notes.
- Work on other aspects of the event as needed.
- Current or recent college/graduate student or other professional early in their journey in the sustainability and climate change field.
- Experience or interest in event planning.
- Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
- Experience with Microsoft Office or a comparable office suite.
- Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills.
- Attention to detail.
- Ability to prioritize competing tasks.
- Entrepreneurial or self-starter attitude.
- Works well with others and exhibits a can-do attitude.
Dates: November 1, 2021 – April 30, 2022 (actual dates can be adjusted; internship to run for approximately 24 weeks with possibility of extension into early summer)
Hours: Part-time, approximately 20 hours per week (negotiable)
To Apply: Please visit the Aspen Institute career page to complete an application. Applicants will be asked to provide a resume and cover letter. We encourage you to use the cover letter as an opportunity to describe your interest in the position and your relevant experience. Applications without cover letters will not be reviewed.
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.