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Design Intern

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.

Aspen Digital
Aspen Digital empowers policy-makers, civic organizations, companies, and the public to be responsible stewards of technology and media in the service of an informed, just, and equitable world. We shine a light on urgent global issues across the information ecosystem, cybersecurity, tech policy, emerging technology, urban innovation, and the industry talent pipeline. Our initiatives then turn ideas to action and develop human solutions to these digital challenges. Aspen Digital is a program of the Aspen Institute, a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society.
Aspen Tech Policy Hub
The Aspen Tech Policy Hub, a program of Aspen Digital, is a West Coast policy incubator, training a new generation of tech policy entrepreneurs. We take tech experts, teach them the policy process through fellowship and training programs, and encourage them to develop outside-the-box solutions to society’s problems. We model ourselves after tech incubators like Y Combinator, but train new policy thinkers and focus the impact of their ideas. To date, we have trained two cohorts of full-time fellows, and three cohorts of part-time fellows.

Job Description
The Hub seeks a paid part-time intern (expected commitment: 5-10 hours a week, with hourly pay of $18/hour; some weeks will have more work than others) to work closely with the Hub team to spearhead design initiatives. The ideal candidate will be flexible and able to turn around projects in a timely manner. We hope to hire for this position as soon as possible for a 4-month internship with a potential for extension.

Work includes:

Design (100%)
  • Graphic design for logos, icons, infographics, social media graphics
  • Layout design for one-pagers, research reports, and slide decks
  • UI/UX design on wireframes and front-end web design on platforms including WordPress and Google Sites
  • Placing final copy into existing Figma and InDesign templates
  • Collaboration with other design resources (such as contracted web developers and layout designers) to deliver digital and print assets

Potential applicants should have experience completing design work in either graphic, layout, or UI/UX design and should be organized, responsible, reliable, and able to meet tight deadlines. This is the perfect role for a student interested in further developing their design skills and learning about the operations of a tech policy non-profit. For an interested candidate, interns may also have the opportunity to assist with events and operations of the Hub more broadly.

In addition to a cover letter and resume, applicants should provide a portfolio of design work that includes at least three previous pieces they have led in designing. Ideal portfolio pieces will showcase the applicant’s ability to create or follow brand guidelines for a company, organization, or club. This portfolio should be uploaded in the “Other Additional Documents” section of the application or a link to a portfolio site may be provided in the cover letter or resume.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We hope to hire as soon as possible so encourage applicants to apply in a timely manner.

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.

COVID Policy: 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.