Communications and Membership Positions

Hours per week

20-40 hours a week (negotiable)



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1730 Rhode Island Avenue Northwest
Suite 500
District of Columbia
United States


The American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) is the leading public service organization that advances the art, science, teaching and practice of public and nonprofit administration; promotes the value of joining the public service profession; builds bridges among all who pursue public purposes at home and abroad; and provides networking and professional development opportunities to those committed to public service values.

ASPA is accepting resumes for Summer 2018 intern positions. Interns are valued and integrated into our staff work; and, as a result, we seek those passionate about public service, public administration or issues of public policy. Start and end dates are flexible, and our office works to accommodate our interns' schedules.

Our internship program offers a variety of benefits:

(1)    Interns will benefit from rich and valuable experiences working alongside professional staff in an enjoyable and supportive workplace environment;

(2)    Accepted applicants will receive training to work in public administration or in non-profit management;

(3)    Successful interns will form lasting relationships with academicians and practitioners across the globe who are eager to see you succeed.

ASPA seeks master’s-level, or, potentially, advanced undergraduate interns. Applicants should have a background in the political science/public affairs disciplines (e.g., public administration, public policy or government), in nonprofit administration or the humanities (e.g., English, history or journalism). Excellent writing and interpersonal skills are a must, as you will have opportunities to correspond or work with professionals both inside and outside our office.

Communications / Publications Intern: Develops and/or writes ASPA program summaries, briefs and white papers for electronic publication to our 8,000 members. Assists with the development of PA TIMES, our print and online periodical, and The Bridge, our twice-monthly newsletter sent to more than 12,000 recipients. Edits publications to ensure they are written in a clear and concise manner. Assists with website updates and proofreading across all ASPA projects upon request.

Membership Intern: Works with the membership team to develop and implement nation-wide recruitment and retention efforts for a membership base of 8,000 individuals. Creates strategies for working alongside organizational Chapters and Sections in need of organizational support and follows through on actionable items related to that support. Handles data entry, liaises with members and copyedits alongside the membership team to produce materials for internal and external use.

How To Apply

A cover letter, resume and two-page writing sample are required for consideration. All materials should be included as a single PDF attachment. Please specify the position(s) for which you are applying in both the subject of the email and at the top of your cover letter.

Interested applicants should address their materials to: Phillip Carlisle, ASPA, 1730 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036. Materials can be sent via email to No phone calls, please. Applicants will be interviewed on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.