Program Assistant, Fellowship Program

About YPFP:

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) is committed to fostering the next generation of foreign policy leaders by providing its members with the knowledge, skills, exposure, and relationships they will need to tackle critical global challenges over the course of their careers. YPFP is a dynamic, global, nonpartisan, non-profit organization with 10,000+ selected members around the world who work in all fields of international affairs. It was established in 2004, and is headquartered in Washington, DC, with branches in Brussels, London, and New York. YPFP is supported by around 150 volunteer staff members worldwide, for whom the leadership and management of a global NGO supplements their daytime career or graduate studies.

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 Program Assistant will support the Director, as well as the rest of the Fellowship Leadership team. This may include organizing workshops and events, implementing internal initiatives, and assisting in the recruitment process.

As a member of the Fellowship Staff, the Program 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.
  • Plan and organize workshops and event
  • Implement internal initiatives.
  • 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 programming and editing, though not required, 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 “Program 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.