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    The best and most valuable internship you could hope to have.

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    Former Employee - Development Intern in Aspen, CO
    Former Employee - Development Intern in Aspen, CO

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    I worked as an intern with the development team at the Aspen office. I was valued as a colleague by my superiors, asked to do challenging work, and expected to be comfortable interacting with the incredible donor base. I gained valuable business development experience, while also benefitting from the intellectually exhilarating environment. The office culture is positive and energetic, and compensation is more than fair for a college internship. I highly recommend working here.


    I honestly cannot think of any cons. I guess the hours did get a bit demanding at times, but that was a pro for me because I loved my job so much.

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Aspen Institute Interviews

Updated Nov 26, 2014
Updated Nov 26, 2014

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    Program Coordinator Interview

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    I applied online – interviewed at Aspen Institute.

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    Several weeks after applying through the online system, I received an email that was a addressed to an unspecified number of applicants. We were invited to submit a cover letter. The email provided a timeline for the rest of the application process. After review of the cover letters, some applicants would be selected for a phone interview, and eventually an in person interview. Some time later I received another mass email inviting me to use Doodle to schedule a phone interview. I conducted the phone interview with the program director. The first question was the most challenging-"Describe your values." I found it difficult to satisfy the interviewer with my answers to this very vague question. He asked me to elaborate or something similar three or four times. After this, the questions were easier and we had a good conversation. Other than the first question, I felt good about the interview. About a week later, I received a mass (not personally addressed) "thanks but no thanks" email from the program director who called himself an incredibly informal nickname. I thought this last email was quite unprofessional and given the 45 minute interview, I though I at least deserved a response addressed to me personally and not "Dear Applicant".

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Headquarters Washington, DC
Size 150 to 499 Employees
Founded 1949
Type Nonprofit Organization
Industry Non-Profit
Revenue $50 to $100 million (USD) per year
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The Aspen Institute is an international think tank providing a place to exchange ideas about leadership and contemporary issues. The not-for-profit organization holds seminars, programs, and conferences emphasizing a nonpartisan and non-ideological setting. Equity in public education, ethical leadership practices, and global security are among the issues the institute has addressed. It is primarily funded by corporate, individual, and foundation donations. The Aspen Institute was founded in 1950 by Chicago businessman and philanthropist Walter Paepcke. It has conference... More

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