Research and Archival Internship- CSG – Washington D.C.

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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.

The Community Strategies Group (CSG) of the Aspen Institute connects, motivates and equips local leaders to build more prosperous regions and advance those living on the economic margins. We do so by designing and facilitating action-inducing peer learning among organizations, leaders and policymakers and by providing strategic guidance to community leaders and supporters to sharpen their focus and strategy. CSG produces tools, frameworks, analysis and stories to help communities make smart decisions, while managing short and long-term initiatives that catalyze innovation and progress and building networks to spread good ideas and useful lessons.

POSITION: CSG is recruiting a research intern to play a key role in organizing and cataloguing documents published by our program over our more than three decades of experience working in and with rural America. From the mid-1980s until the early 2000s, CSG funded academic and practitioner research about the conditions and causes of rural poverty, as well as policy changes and practical strategies to address conditions of poverty. The CSG archive holds dozens of published documents and reports on rural America.

Principal duties are as follows:

  • Take stock of the CSG archive.
  • Review and catalogue existing print and digitized documents held in the CSG archive.
  • Develop a system so that digitized documents become accessible to more users.
  • Write briefs and synopses of CSG documents to share with the public.
  • Support existing research projects on rural topics.
  • Support the program in day-to-day administrative activities.
  • Other duties to be assigned as necessary.

QUALIFICATIONS: The successful candidate will possess the following skills and/or attributes:

  • Solid administrative skills.
  • Excellent Library Science skills.
  • Experience with Microsoft Suite, including Sharepoint; Adobe products, and cloud-based storage.
  • Excellent communication, organizational, and time management skills.
  • Excellent writing skills – in a variety of styles.
  • Salesforce database experience is a major plus.
  • Ability to work well independently and with others.
  • Familiarity with community and economic development topics and research a plus.
  • Demonstrated interest in the rural mission of CSG.


  • 20 – 40 hours per week
  • Winter/Spring 2019 Internship (January to May with a possibility to extend)
  • Virtual/Telework Option Available: No

TO APPLY: Upload a resume and cover letter to apply—applications without a cover letter will not be reviewed.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, November 16, 2018.

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