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Dec 22 / BARD CEP

Internship, Global Health and Development- Washington DC

Organization: The Aspen Institute

Position Title: Internship- Global Health and Development

Location: 1 Dupont Circle, Suite 700, Washington, DC, 20036-1133, US

Hours and Compensation: full time

Application Deadline: not listed


Organization Overview

The Aspen Institute The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute has campuses in Aspen, Colorado, and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also maintains offices in New York City and has an international network of partners.

Aspen Global Health and Development (GHD), one of 28 policy programs within The Aspen Institute, helps to build innovative strategies for global health and poverty alleviation. GHD supports leadership in health and food security in low and middle income countries and promotes creative solutions to address global health, hunger and poverty at a significant scale ( GHD has programs in the following areas: the global health workforce crisis, policy innovations to address the challenges of global health worker migration, women’s global health including maternal mortality and reproductive health, community based models of financing for health,  aid effectiveness in development assistance for health, and advancing smallholder commercial agricultural production in Africa to promote food security and trade.


This position will work with GHD’s two reproductive health communications initiatives: the Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health (GLC) and Informing Decision-makers to Act (IDEA). These initiatives work together to leverage champions and leaders to reassert the centrality of reproductive health to development overall (read more at The GLC is a group of eighteen sitting and former heads of state, high-level policymakers and other leaders who build political leadership for increased financial and technical support for reproductive health. IDEA focuses on identifying and reaching out to “unusual suspects” within different development sectors to grow the community of advocates seeking universal access to comprehensive reproductive health, including voluntary family planning. GHD is seeking an organized, self-starting intern with strong detail orientation and research skills to work closely with the program staff and support efficacy of GHD’s efforts to engage new audiences. Ideally, the intern will possess a familiarity with issues around international development, family planning and reproductive health, and high-level advocacy and communications.


  • Research, drafting and editing
  • Research topics as requested, from individuals and organizations to issues in international development; gather information from key sources and create succinct summaries for audiences of varying levels and backgrounds.
  • Draft correspondence, meeting materials, and other written materials.
  • Keep abreast of news and current trends in global family planning and international development, disseminate information on key issues to team members.
  • Attend relevant events in D.C. and draft summaries of events attended in an accessible, organized format.
  • Support GHD staff with document formatting, printing, copying, and other administrative tasks.
  • Meeting Planning
    • Assist in planning events, including supporting on venue logistics, catering, speaker travel, talking points, name tag printing, materials preparation, and day-of support.
  • Website maintenance
    • Support GHD teams with website updates, drafting and updating content as needed (no html experience necessary).
  • Data management
    • Update and organize data in the Raiser’s Edge database, which serves as the main tool for IDEA’s targeting and outreach strategies.
    • Assist in event strategy, planning, and monitoring and evaluation by categorizing and tracking participants for IDEA 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, with a focus on reproductive health and family planning.
  • Support for and knowledge of Aspen GHD’s mission and programs.
  • 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.

How to Apply

To apply, please go to the Career Page and follow the instructions to submit a cover letter and CV for the position. If you are having difficulties with the uploading portion of the application process please try using the escape key to exit the screen. Your document should safely upload.

For technical difficulties during the application process please contact the Applicant Support Team at 1-866-927-2472.

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

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