Job Details

Requisition Number 19-0008
Post Date 3/18/2019
Title Summer 2019 Junior Associate - LeadEx
Job Family Programs
City San Francisco

* * * THE APPLICATION CLOSING DATE is Wednesday, April 24, 2019* * *

In an increasingly complex and interconnected world, Asia plays a crucial global role. Would you be excited at the prospect of employing your knowledge and skills to improve lives, expand opportunities, and help societies flourish across this dynamic region? You could have this opportunity at The Asia Foundation.

Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, we address critical issues affecting Asia in the 21st century: governance and law, economic development, women's empowerment, environment, and regional cooperation. We work with innovative leaders and communities to build effective institutions and advance path-breaking reforms. Together with our partners, we are committed to Asia’s continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving region of the world.

The Asia Foundation’s Leadership Development and Exchange Programs (LeadEx) team seeks a Junior Associate to work in our San Francisco, CA office during the summer 2019 program period from June 17 – September 6, 2019.

Leadership Development and Exchange Programs unit:

The Asia Foundation’s Leadership Development and Exchange Programs team (LeadEx) supports an extraordinary body of young and emerging Asian professionals from across disciplines, working environments, cultures and country contexts. LeadEx engages individuals with talent, character and commitment, nurtures their professional development and empowers their transformation into lasting agents of change, reform and impact

During the 12-week program the JA will:


• In coordination with the LeadEx team and Global Communications, work to redesign the public-facing LeadEx page on the Asia Foundation website and LeadEx public communications channels to effectively communicate the wide array of LeadEx programming and approaches;

• Assist the LeadEx team in building platforms to help the Asia Foundation tell better and more illustrative stories of impact in the field of Leadership Development & Exchanges;

• Assist the LeadEx team in populating an alumni database by engaging with and collecting information from former grantees;

• The JA may provide staff support for the San Francisco Bay Area leg of the Young Asian Diplomats Program, and assist with wrap-up activities;

• Provide assistance on other projects as available, including planning for the 2019 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Summit, and interaction with the 2019 Asia Foundation Development Fellows as they develop and implement their Professional Development Plans


• By the end of the internship, the JA will complete content revision and wireframes for the redesign of the public-facing LeadEx presence on the Asia Foundation website and on social media platforms

• The JA will assist LeadEx staff in populating at least 10 years of grantee data into an alumni database, through inputting current records as well as outreach to alumni for updated contact information, bios, publications, stories and accomplishments

• Deliver at least one story or article to be included in regular LeadEx publications

• Pending staff availability, the JA may assist in escorting the Young Asian Diplomats delegation between meetings in the San Francisco Bay Area

• Assist on other programs as available


The Junior Associate will take away connections to the vast network of talented alumni of LeadEx programs, a deep understanding of LeadEx’s approach to leadership development, experience in storytelling, marketing and communications work, and experience in developing systems for effective engagement of alumni.


The position for the Douglas K. Bereuter Program for Junior Associates in Asian Affairs is expected to be very competitive. We are seeking talented, high-energy individuals who will benefit from their affiliation with the Foundation and contribute to the organization as well. Candidates must have the following:

• Received a post-graduate degree within the past two years. In addition, to be considered, a candidate must have completed and obtained this degree prior to the beginning of the program period. The summer 2019 program period is June 17, 2019 – September 6, 2019.

• Completed graduate studies in Asia-related areas: international relations, international development, public administration, public policy, law, political science, economics, women’s empowerment and/or sociology with work experience in Asia

• Authorization to legally work in the United States without sponsorship

• Strong written and verbal communication skills

• Great organizational skills

• Great computer skills

Who are we looking for?

The ideal candidate is someone who understands, appreciates, and seeks to strengthen the leadership capacity of emerging leaders in Asia and the United States for positive reform efforts. The candidate is passionate about Asian development and has boundless enthusiasm for working collaboratively in a multi-cultural environment

Why work at The Asia Foundation?

You will have the opportunity to help solve some of the toughest challenges in the development/aid sector. Address environmental problems in the region, improve access to legal information, enhance civil society, promote government engagement/collaboration, and encourage learning and awareness.

You will work in an innovative environment and build lasting relationships. The Asia Foundation, its donors, and its partners are unmatched throughout the region. This is an opportunity to work with and learn from some of the most accomplished leaders, influencers, and social entrepreneurs working in Asia today.


Please upload your cover letter and resume (preferably in one document) and submit as an attachment. You can upload separate documents but please note, to do so, you will have to log out of the system and log back in to your record for additional documents.

We will only consider applicants who apply on-line and provide all required documents prior to the application closing date on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 5:00 PM PST. We require a resume, cover letter, an official transcript confirming the completion of your degree, and two letters of recommendation (either two academic OR one academic and one personal) In addition to being considered, please answer the assessment questions provided.

Be sure to submit your official transcript confirming the completion of your degree and two letters of recommendation submitted as either a Word or PDF document to . Please include "Recommendation letter for [Candidate Name]" in the subject line of the recommendation letter email. You may also upload them to your online record. If you have issues uploading the documents, please contact

This position is a paid internship that offers medical, dental, vision and transportation reimbursement benefits.

**Must be legally eligible to work in the United States **

The Asia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. EOE/M/F/D/V. No phone calls, please.

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