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Program and Event Internship

Network 20/20 is an inclusive, international community that bridges the gap between the private sector and foreign policy worlds. We leverage entrepreneurial, established, and emerging leaders to drive innovative research and solutions critical to impacting foreign policy challenges. 
We are currently seeking a program intern who is a highly energetic, tactful, and engaging self-starter. The intern will work closely with the Network 20/20 team to support projects primarily related to Network 20/20’s Briefing Series and The Innovators Awards in Global Affairs and Benefit.  
About the Briefing Series  
The Briefing Series is Network 20/20’s signature program where we bring thought leaders and practitioners in foreign policy to share with our audience their take on macro-level or region-specific trends shaping our world. The in-person briefings (Salon Series) will be hosted in apartments in Manhattan and are exclusive to Network 20/20 members. The Virtual Briefing Series is free and open to everyone and has welcomed more than 10,000 attendees from more than 100 countries around the world.  
About the Innovators Awards in Global Affairs and Benefits 
During our annual fundraiser, we celebrate the Innovators Awards in Global Affairs, where we recognize young companies worldwide that are taking innovative approaches to tackling challenges that impact the foreign affairs landscape. We look for applicants in global health, environment, defense and security, humanitarian aid, communications and civic engagement, and financial inclusion. Please see more info here. We also give our annual Global Leadership Award and Ted Sorensen Award. Last year Deloitte Global CEO, Punit Renjen and former Director for European Affairs at the National Security Council, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman received these honors. 
While the intern will focus on program and the above-mentioned projects, the internship is designed so they will also gain hands-on experience and training in many aspects of Network 20/20’s program and learn about the operations of a small nonprofit organization. 
This internship will commence in June and end in August 2023. It requires a commitment of three days a week (which can be arranged between you and Network 20/20 prior to your first day). The internship is virtual, however the intern will be required to attend New York City-based in-person events on an ad-hoc basis. Candidates that are interested in applying should be based in the tri-state area as travel expenses to NYC will not be reimbursed.  
Network 20/20 will compensate either by stipend or academic credit. 
Specific responsibilities include: 
  • Work with Associate Program Director to assist in the preparations for the upcoming season. This includes research on potential topics and speakers for upcoming foreign policy-related events, drafting event notices, drafting letters of invitation, familiarizing yourself with the organization’s CRM, supporting staff with logistics prior to events 
  • Research and summarize key reading materials related to potential topics for upcoming programs 
  • Work directly with the President and Associate Program Director to deliver a financially successful, budget-conscious fundraising event that showcases Network 20/20’s impact. 
  • Develop overall event strategy to ensure a lively, on-brand event that is reflected through the choice of venue, décor, marketing, and production. 
  • Set, communicate, and maintain timelines and priorities on all projects; Develop production and on-site schedules. 
  • Develop and work with in-house team on communicating the event properly across social media to ensure awardees receive proper recognition. 
  • Manage additional fundraising activities associated with the event, such as an auction. 
  • Manage all logistics for the event (including but not limited to venue and supplier selection and communication, negotiation and contracting, registration management, and accommodation management and travel arrangements if needed for awardees). 
  • Conduct project research, as needed. 

  • Fluent in English 
  • Passion for and understanding of international affairs 
  • Possess strong communication and interpersonal skills; experience working across cultures 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills 
  • Previous internship or related experience in program management, research, event logistics is a plus 
  • Very well organized, curious, good at prioritizing and handling challenging deadlines 
  • Creative, ability to anticipate, solution-driven, service and result oriented 
  • Ability to work independently as well as closely with a team  
  • Excellent attention to detail, good organizational abilities, and general office skills 
  • Hands on, resourceful, think out of the box, ready to go beyond the job description to make things happen 
  •  US work permit is required