Communications Assistant, Fellowship Program

Fellowship Program Description:

The Fellowship Program at YPFP is designed to give rising leaders in foreign policy the opportunity to accelerate their careers. Over a one-year period, Fellows are given diverse opportunities to improve their writing and subject matter expertise. Fellows benefit from exclusive events, professional development workshops, and networking opportunities. Fellows publish monthly op-eds, book reviews or interviews, and their work has recently been featured in Business Insider, The Hill, Foreign Policy, The Diplomat, The National Interest, The Huffington Post, and YPFP’s very own Charged Affairs.

For more details on the Fellowship, please visit the Fellowship page.

To see our current Fellows, please visit the Fellows page.

Position Description:

The Communications Assistant will support the Director, as well as the rest of the Fellowship Leadership team. This may include managing the Program’s online presence, preparing a brief monthly newsletter, and assisting in the recruitment process.

As a member of the Fellowship Staff, the Communications Assistant will have access to Fellowship events and resources, such as professional development workshops and networking events. Success in this role may lead to future leadership opportunities within the Fellowship Program.

This position requires approximately 5 hours per week, and successful candidates will be able to make at least a one-year commitment to the role.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Attend leadership meetings twice a month.
  • Manage the Fellowship Program’s website.
  • Prepare the monthly newsletter.
  • Assist in the recruitment process of Fellows and Staff.

Desired Skills:

  • Broad knowledge of current events and the trends shaping foreign policy
  • Ability to work on a team and within a large organization
  • Willingness to accept constructive criticism
  • Ability to manage information, personalities, and deadlines
  • Respond promptly to emails
  • Experience in editing, web design, and/or communications is preferred  

Eligibility and Selection:

  • Ideally an early career foreign policy professional or current graduate student in a relevant field
  • Resident of the Washington DC area
  • Position is unpaid and part-time
  • If not already a dues paying member, candidate must become a YPFP member upon acceptance of an offer


Application Process:

To apply, send the following materials as attachments to fellowship.apply@ypfp.org:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Writing samples of 2-3 pages (ideally op-ed style and related to foreign policy)

Include “Communications Assistant Application” in the subject line.

All applications are reviewed immediately. Due to the number of applications received, only those progressing to the next step will receive a response.