Colorado Summer Internships
  • Summer Internships at our Aspen, CO Campus

    Our Aspen, Colorado Summer Internship program is an excellent opportunity for college students to gain professional experience in a highly stimulating, fast-paced environment, while also benefiting from the richness of programming hosted on the Aspen Meadows campus each summer.  The Institute employs approximately 15 college juniors and seniors (or recent college graduates) during the summer months in Aspen, CO to work with the Institute staff to produce and execute dozens of world-class events.  Internship opportunities are available in the following departments:  Office of Institutional Advancement, Administration, Information Technology, Community Programs, Conference Services, Aspen Words, and Public Programs. All internships are paid positions.  Each department will post its specific job description online in advance of the application process opening.  For information about our programs and offerings, please visit www.aspeninstitute.org.  To apply and see all of the Institute’s current job openings, please visit www.aspeninstitute.org/careers.

    Application Timeline

    • Applications open: January 3, 2020
    • Application Deadline: January 31, 2020
    • Interview Dates: February 1 – 28, 2020*
    • Employment Notification: March 16, 2020*
    • Position Start Date: May 26, 2020**
    • Position End Date: Mid to Late August 2020**
    • Hours per Week: 40+ (overtime will be paid as applicable)

    *These dates are subject to change.

    **May very depending on department

     

    Requirements

    • Authorized to work in the US.
    • Must be enrolled in or recent graduate of an accredited college.  Preference is given to current juniors and seniors in college.
    • Experience and proficiency with a variety of software programs, including Microsoft Office Suite, social networking, and database applications.
    • Event planning experience a plus.
    • Great interpersonal skills, including a desire to learn and the ability to be flexible and proactive.
    • Minority candidates encouraged to apply.
    • Many of the internship position require a valid driver’s license.  Please inquire with the hiring manager for the position you are applying for.

    FAQs

    • Can I apply to more than one internship position?
      • Yes! Please apply to as many internship positions as you are interested in, but we recommend you apply to your top three.  Note that you should have a different cover letter for each position you apply to.  Applicants who use the same cover letter for different positions are less likely to be invited for an interview.
    • Do I need a cover letter?
      • Yes, this is a very important differentiator to our various departments.  We want to know why you are interested in the position you are applying for and we also want to see your writing style.
    • What is the pay? Is there overtime?
      • The pay is $14/hour with $21/hour overtime pay.  Some evening and weekend work will be required.
    • What are the housing options?
      • Interns are responsible for their local housing, though the Institute will assist in locating opportunities when possible.  In the past, the Institute has helped students find dormitory style living with rent of approximately $720/month.
    • What is the best way to get to Aspen?
    • Housing and travel to Aspen are expensive, does the Institute provide any assistance?
      • Housing subsidies are provided on a need basis.  There will be an opportunity to apply for assistance following your job offer.  In the past, students have received $750 in housing assistance.  Also, during your internship complimentary breakfast and lunch are available on work days.
    • Is a driver’s license required?
      • Not for all positions.  Please inquire with the hiring manager for the position you are applying for.
    • What if I’m not a junior or senior, can I still apply?
      • Yes, but note that preference is given to current juniors and seniors.
    • How will I get around Aspen if I don’t have a car?
      • Aspen has a wonderful public transit system, RFTA.  Additionally, in the summer, there is a free bike share program, WE-cycle. The Transit app is a great way to see your different transit options.
    • What is there to do outside of work?
      • Aspen is a cultural and outdoors mecca.  There are many beautiful places to hike and bike during the summer, as well as a wealth of cultural events and offerings.  For example, our campus is located just steps away from the Aspen Music Festival and School‘s Benedict Music Tent. There are several planned activities for the interns which in the past have included a welcome dinner, white water rafting, free tickets to concerts, among other events.