Summer Internship (May-Aug 2022)
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. This internship offers a rare opportunity in DC to publish under one’s own name.
ASP’s internship program offers interns the opportunity to work on issues across sectors and encourages participants to attend events in and around Washington, D.C that relate to their field of study or interest.
These internships are intended for in-person work, with some telework flexibility.
Our current needs are in the following areas:
- Climate Security
- U.S.-Russia Relations
- Nuclear Security
- Maritime Security / Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing
- National Security Strategy (all purpose/cross-discipline)
- Public Diplomacy
Please clearly indicate the research field(s) in which you are interested in working.
Applicants for the internship should send a 1.) cover letter, 2.) resume, 3.) references, and a 4.) short writing sample (2 pg. max) by April 8 to Matthew Wallin at email@example.com.
The American Security Project (ASP) seeks a highly qualified development professional to manage the organization’s fundraising and partnership-building efforts, with a main focus on institutional giving. The incumbent will assist the Senior Management Team in setting and executing the organizational growth ambitions.
The ideal candidate will have a mindset in alignment with ASP’s strategic vision and commitment to developing and sharing new ideas and critical analyses on the most important national security issues of our time and building bipartisan consensus on contemporary foreign policy and national security challenges. Successful candidates will demonstrate an ability to learn and adapt quickly.
Major Functions and Responsibilities:
- Support the Senior Management Team in prospecting for new donors, including helping identify potential new donors and recommending strategy for outreach to potential new donors, such as recommending areas of alignment between the organization’s work and donor interests:
- Grow ASP’s networks to identify new opportunities for ASP funding, particularly among donors who will provide unrestricted support.
- Research, identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward relationships resulting in sponsorship funding.
- Research, identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward relationships with foundations resulting programmatic and unrestricted funding.
- Support identification, engagement, solicitation, and cultivation of high-net-worth individuals.
- Be a first point of contact for donor inquiries, which includes responding to emails and connecting with the appropriate staff member as needed.
- Draft and review donor-focused print and web communications such as case statements, program overviews, fundraising emails and appeals, etc., identifying and creating content specific to particular areas of donor interest that align with the organization’s activities to increase donor engagement with the organization’s work.
- Assemble required materials for major individual donor solicitations and pitches as needed, including by making recommendations about particular content to share with donors that aligns with their funding priorities.
- Support grant application and reporting, accessing web portals, identifying documents required, reaching out to appropriate team members to assemble needed documents, drafting write-ups highlighting ASP’s work on key grant deliverables, and ensuring that the conditions of grant awards have been met.
- Oversee aspects of business development management, including bid and proposal management. Implement systems and procedures that improve the efficiency of the business development process and regularly generating meetings and engagement opportunities with prospective donors.
- Commitment to ASP’s mission
- At least 1-3 years relevant professional experience.
- Demonstrated success cultivating and maintaining multiple donors, including corporate and foundation relationships, and successfully converting prospects to donors.
- Excellent relationship management and development skills.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Experience with grant writing and proposal development.
- Excellent critical thinking, problem solving, and organizational skills.
- The ability to work collaboratively with a diverse group of staff members and partners as well as the ability to work independently.
- Ability to advance multiple competing priorities.
- Able to balance “big picture” and long-term strategies with day-to-day priorities and details for successful implementation.
Base Salary range $55,000-65,000 dependent on experience.
Applicants for the position should send a 1.) cover letter, 2.) resume, 3.) references, and a 4.) short writing sample (2 pg. max) to Matthew Wallin at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Climate Security Regional Fellow
The American Security Project (ASP) is looking for fellows to support climate security outreach in Florida. This fellowship is part of our ongoing National Climate Security Tour where ASP travels outside the Beltway to talk to regional constituencies about the need for military resilience against the threats posed by climate change.
The fellows will assist with outreach, educational briefings, and research. Fellows may also have an opportunity to highlight the local intersection between national security and climate change through written products and media engagement.
This is a part-time role with a commitment of 5 – 10 hours a week and should not be considered full-time employment.
The Ideal Candidate
- Lives in Florida.
- Has obtained a GED.
- Is comfortable speaking in public.
- Has a demonstrated interest in climate security policy.
- Former members of the military are strongly preferred.
Expectations & Responsibilities
- This fellowship will be reviewed for renewal quarterly.
- Workload: 5 – 10 hours weekly.
- 40% – Outreach and operational support for ASP programming. Engaging with outside constituencies and external stakeholders. External stakeholder relationship management tracking.
- 30% – Writing blog posts, op-eds, letters to the editor, and other content.
- 20% – Learning and research.
- 10% – Media speaking engagements – contingent upon potential opportunities and interest.
- A monthly stipend.
- Compensation for work related travel and associated costs.
- Opportunity to develop expertise in climate change and national security.
- Opportunities to network with and learn from local policymakers, ASP staff, ASP’s board of directors and high-level validators, and others.
- Opportunities to publish in your own name.
Why join us
The American Security Project is a nonpartisan think tank and public education organization working to educate the public and forge consensus on a range of foreign policy and national security challenges. ASP is organized around the belief that honest public discussion of national security requires a better-informed citizenry—one that understands the dangers and opportunities of the 21st century, the spectrum of available responses, and the benefits and drawbacks of each course of action.
Understanding and articulating American beliefs and values related to U.S. foreign policy and national security is crucial to creating effective policy that builds consensus. ASP was formed to help Americans—from opinion leaders to the general public—understand how national security issues relate directly to them, and to explain challenges and threats in a way that spurs constructive action.
To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to email@example.com.