JOB SUMMARY

The Programs Assistant is responsible for supporting the Caspian Policy Center in all components of its programs (e.g. Security and Politics Program, Energy and Economy Program), including managing administrative and logistical tasks; assisting with programs development and event planning; contributing to the programs’ research agenda; and providing budgetary support.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Administrative Duties:

  •  Supports the day-to-day operations of the office, including fielding programs calls, maintaining programs calendar, and making travel arrangements.
  •  Assists with fiscal management of the programs, including tracking revenue and expenses.
  •  Maintains up-to-date records of program contacts in Center-wide database.
  •  Plans and coordinates event logistics for high-level meetings, briefings, conferences, public and private events, luncheons, and program meetings.
  •  Prepares and disseminates routine correspondence and interacts with program stakeholders to ensure successful outreach and information flow.
  •  Manages competing priorities and multiple projects under tight deadlines.
  •  Assists in supervising intern staff in day-to-day activities.

 

Program Support Activities:

  •  Conceptualizes new project ideas in coordination with Programs Manager and Executive Director.
  •  Substantively contributes to the grant proposal process.
  •  Represents the programs, as needed, at internal and external meetings.
  •  Communicates effectively with constituency groups, media, governmental entities, and the general public.
  •  Facilitates social media and other promotional activities for the programs.

 

Research Support Activities:

  •  Writes independently to support the programs research agenda.
  •  Edits written deliverables for both substance and language clarity.
  •  Drafts summary reports of forums, symposia, and conferences.
  •  Prepares working group prospectuses, presentations, invitations, and related materials.
  •  Facilitates printing and distribution of programs research output.
  •  Drafts meeting agendas and event summaries.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

Required:

  •  Previous administrative experience.
  •  Academic or professional background in Foreign Policy and International Politics.
  •  A basic, or in-depth, understanding of the region.
  •  Good working knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and Power Point; online databases and other resources (publications, trade journals, statistical compendia).
  •  Must be a detail-oriented person and possess effective communication and organizational skills.
  •  Must be able to prioritize tasks, work under tight deadlines, and handle assignments independently with minimal supervision.

 

Preferred:

  •  Experience with event planning, multitasking, and operating in a fast-paced work environment.
  •  Advanced degree in International Relations, International Political Economy, or related field of study.
  •  A proven track record of writing and publishing on Eurasian/Caspian affairs.
  •  Ability to acquire knowledge and synthesize it into research products.
  •  Exceptional written communication, public speaking, and interpersonal skills.

 

HOW TO APPLY

Interested applicants should submit their resume, cover letter, and writing sample (no more than 2 pages) to hr@caspianpolicy.org.

Expected Start Date

May 18

Position Type

Full-Time/Regular

 

ABOUT CASPIAN POLICY CENTER

Caspian Policy Center (CPC) is an independent, nonprofit research think tank based in Washington D.C. Economic, political, energy and security issues of the Caspian region constitute the central research focus of the Center. The Caspian region, at the crossroads of the East and the West, is increasingly becoming a crucial area of global interest with its rich natural resources, geopolitical rivalry and economic development. Established in 2016, the Center aims at becoming a primary research and debate platform in the Caspian region with relevant publications, events, projects and media productions to nurture a comprehensive understanding of the intertwined affairs of the Caspian region. With an inclusive, scholarly and innovative approach, the Caspian Policy Center presents a platform where diverse voices from academia, business and policy world from both the region and the nation’s capital interact to produce distinct ideas and insights to the outstanding issues of the region.

ABOUT THE INTERNSHIP

The Caspian Policy Center (CPC) is offering full and part-time internships in Summer 2020 for those who are interested in gaining practical experience in a leading think tank focused on the Caspian Region, which includes the three South Caucasus states (Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia) and the five Central Asian states (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan). The internship will offer candidates the opportunity to research and write for online and printed publications, participate and organize events with high-level officials, and contribute to strategic projects within their program of choice.

CPC is currently offering one  Summer 2020 communications and marketing internship.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

Required:

  •  Must be at least an undergraduate student, a graduate student, or a recent graduate.
  •  Must have, or have had, at least a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) or equivalent from a non-U.S. institution.
  •  Able to make a minimum commitment of 30 hours a week
  •  Must demonstrate an entrepreneurial attitude, flexibility, excellent attention to detail, ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment, and an ability to take initiative when needed.

 

What will make your application more competitive:

  •  A basic, or in-depth, understanding of the region
  •  Majors related to business, communications, and marketing.
  •  Language proficiency (Russian, Chinese, Turkish, or any other relevant language).
  •  Full-time availability.
  •  Exceptional written communication, public speaking, and interpersonal skills.
  •  Experience with digital/social media marketing tools — such as email marketing, social media platforms, etc.
  •  Experience with instruments of data visualization, creative design, photo/video-editing

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

CPC communications and marketing interns will work under the direct supervision of the Communications Manager. Interns will be performing a broad range of tasks, including drafting press-releases, continuously insuring activity on social media, facilitating greater visibility though domestic and international media channels, maintaining correspondence with key stakeholders to ensure successful outreach and information flow, and more. Interns may also assist with analyzing scholarly articles, drafting articles or chapters for publication, corresponding with authors, fact-checking, copy-editing, proofreading, and more.

The intern’s time will approximately be spent as follows:

  •  Assisting the communications team with writing, researching, curating, and composting content.
  •  Designing visual presentation content.
  •  Developing marketing strategies for Center’s local, national, and international events.
  •  Implementing marketing plans and programs that increase awareness and drive lead engagement.

 

HOW TO APPLY

Interested applicants should submit their resume, cover letter, and a sample of their work/portfolio (optional) to hr@caspianpolicy.org.

CPC will accept applications until the closing date but will be conducting interviews as applications are received. Offers may be given before the closing date.

Our internships are unpaid; however, we have limited stipends available, which are dependent upon experience. CPC will also work with students who are interested in applying for academic credit.

Interested candidates should attach a resume and a cover letter when applying through handshake. Marketing and digital communications portfolio submissions are optional but encouraged. CPC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

ABOUT CASPIAN POLICY CENTER

Caspian Policy Center (CPC) is an independent, nonprofit research think tank based in Washington D.C. Economic, political, energy and security issues of the Caspian region constitute the central research focus of the Center. The Caspian region, at the crossroads of the East and the West, is increasingly becoming a crucial area of global interest with its rich natural resources, geopolitical rivalry and economic development. Established in 2016, the Center aims at becoming a primary research and debate platform in the Caspian region with relevant publications, events, projects and media productions to nurture a comprehensive understanding of the intertwined affairs of the Caspian region. With an inclusive, scholarly and innovative approach, the Caspian Policy Center presents a platform where diverse voices from academia, business and policy world from both the region and the nation’s capital interact to produce distinct ideas and insights to the outstanding issues of the region.

ABOUT THE INTERNSHIP

The Caspian Policy Center (CPC) is offering full- and part-time internships in Summer 2020 for those who are interested in gaining practical experience in a leading think tank focused on the Caspian Region, which includes the three South Caucasus states (Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia) and the five Central Asian states (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan). The internship will offer candidates the opportunity to research and write for online and printed publications, participate and organize events with high-level officials, and contribute to strategic projects within their program of choice.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

Required:

  •  Must be at least an undergraduate student in good standing, a graduate student, or a recent graduate.
  •  Must have at least a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) or equivalent from a non-U.S. institution.
  •  Must make a minimum commitment of 30 hours a week.
  •  Must demonstrate entrepreneurial attitude, flexibility, excellent attention to detail, supreme multitasking and time-management skills, ability to work independently, and ability to take initiative when needed.

 

What will make your application more competitive:

  •  A basic, or in-depth, understanding of the region.
  •  Majors or other academic exposure to international affairs, political economy, international diplomacy, energy markets, global development, geopolitics, regionalism, and strategic cooperation in Eurasia.
  •  Foreign language proficiency (Russian, Chinese, Turkish, or any other relevant language).
  •  Full-time availability.
  •  Exceptional written communication, public speaking, and interpersonal skills.
  •  Experience with event planning and working in a fast-paced office environment.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

The CPC research intern will work under the direct supervision of the Center’s senior fellows. Interns will provide research, administrative, event-planning and program support for all Center’s initiatives and programs, including Caspian Politics and Security Program, Caspian Energy and Economy Program, and others. Interns will help maintain day-to-day operations and administrative functions, conduct research, compile indices, assist with publications and the editorial process, and produce other material. Interns may assist with analyzing scholarly articles, correspond with authors, fact check, copy edit, proofread, and generally help with the production of CPC

publications, as well as perform general administrative duties around the Center. Interns will also assist with event/conference preparation, project development, and research for various operations/administrative-related projects as they arise.

 

HOW TO APPLY

Interested applicants should submit their resume, cover letter, and writing sample of no more than 2 pages (optional) to hr@caspianpolicy.org. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until positions are filled but no later than the due date.

Our internships are unpaid; however, we do offer limited stipends. CPC will work with students who are interested in applying for academic credit.

CPC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

ABOUT CASPIAN POLICY CENTER

Caspian Policy Center (CPC) is an independent, nonprofit research think tank based in Washington D.C. Economic, political, energy and security issues of the Caspian region constitute the central research focus of the Center. The Caspian region, at the crossroads of the East and the West, is increasingly becoming a crucial area of global interest with its rich natural resources, geopolitical rivalry and economic development. Established in 2016, the Center aims at becoming a primary research and debate platform in the Caspian region with relevant publications, events, projects and media productions to nurture a comprehensive understanding of the intertwined affairs of the Caspian region. With an inclusive, scholarly and innovative approach, the Caspian Policy Center presents a platform where diverse voices from academia, business and policy world from both the region and the nation’s capital interact to produce distinct ideas and insights to the outstanding issues of the region.