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Associate Manager, Development and External Relations

The American Security Project seeks a self-motivated, resourceful individual to join a small staff of national security professionals dedicated to building a non-partisan approach to secure America’s long-term national security. The Associate Manager for Development and External Relations will be an important member of the staff, working with ASP leadership, staff, board, and affiliated stakeholders to expand the impact ASP can have in public policy debates.

The successful applicant will be fluent in foreign policy and national security issues and able to able to communicate the importance of bipartisan solutions to policy challenges. She/he will lead in media and public affairs outreach, with the intent of expanding the influence of ASP’s staff, experts, and stakeholders. She/he will be responsible for collecting, managing, and utilizing a database of contacts to expand ASP’s influence in Washington and around the country. She/he will play a key role in development and fundraising by identifying key stakeholders.

This is NOT an entry-level position. It is intended for those with experience in either public policy, communications, or development who can support a growing organization. Successful candidates will demonstrate an ability to learn and adapt quickly.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Support ASP staff and stakeholders in expanding ASP messages about the importance of non-partisan solutions to America’s national security challenges.
  • Work closely with ASP leadership on communication and fundraising strategies.
  • Write, edit, and distribute news releases, public statements, and event announcements.
  • Pitch and track media mentions for ASP staff and affiliated stakeholders.
  • Update and disseminate weekly newsletters.
  • Manage ASP’s Social Media presence.
  • Build, update and maintain External Stakeholder database.
  • Track topics, issues, and interests of foundations and donors.
  • Manage and build ASP relationships with donors.
  • Manage ASP leadership’s external relationships with partners and funders.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, International Relations, or related field.
  • At least 2 years of relevant work experience in public policy, communications, or fundraising.
  • Demonstrated writing skills. Must show experience writing and editing.
  • Experience working with high-level VIPs.
  • Demonstrated initiative and ability to work well as a part of a team in a fast-moving environment.
  • Knowledge of journalists and media outlets.
  • Experience with database tracking systems.
  • Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of national security issues.


To apply, please provide a resume, coverletter, and one writing sample of no more than 2000 words to: Applicants should be prepared to provide recommendation letters upon request. Applications for this position will be processed on a rolling basis. Only individuals progressing to an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.


Internship (Rolling)

ASP is looking for current or recently graduated students interested in hands-on public policy experience for full- and part-time internships. Interns will support ASP researchers and staff in multiple areas including communications, development, programming and research and will be responsible writing blog posts, event reviews, and contributing to reports when appropriate.

ASP’s internship program offers interns the opportunity to work with senior leaders across sectors and encourages participants to attend events in and around Washington, D.C that relate to their field of study. or interest. At the conclusion of the internship, outstanding interns may be eligible to remain connected to the organization as Adjunct Junior Fellows, when appropriate.

Our current needs are in the following areas. Applicants to fields in bold will be given preference:
  1. Climate Security
  2. Energy Security
  3. Nuclear Security
  4. US-Russia Relationship
  5. Asymmetric Operations
  6. Fusion Energy
  7. Public Diplomacy
  8. External Relations/Social Media


Internships are unpaid, though a transportation stipend is provided and current students may arrange to obtain course credit for their work.

Applicants must be at least a junior in college, though preference will be given to recent graduates and graduate students. Strong writing skills are required, as is the ability to work independently. The ideal candidate should have an interest in our research agenda, national security and foreign policy issues, and be authorized to work in the United States. Experience in research, campaign organization and/or new media is highly desired.


Applicants for the Sshould send a cover letter, resume, references and a short writing sample (2 pg. max) to Matthew Wallin at

Please clearly indicate the research field(s) you are interested in working in.

If you do not include all the required materials, your application will be disqualified.

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