Job Location: Atlantic Council Headquarters – Washington, DC
Position Type: Full-Time
Job Category: Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security


The Atlantic Council is seeking a highly-motivated graduate student, graduating senior, or recent college graduate to assist with activities relating to the Democratic Order Initiative within the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security.

As a Program Assistant, he/she will play a key role in contributing to the Atlantic Council’s work on U.S. and global strategy in support of reenergizing American leadership, defending democratic values, and advancing a rules-based order. This will involve developing and organizing activities including high-level public events, forums, and conferences, and private roundtables and working sessions, as well as in coordinating, researching, and drafting publications, and other project management.

The successful candidate will have demonstrable interest and/or experience in US national security strategy, alliances and partnerships, or democracy promotion and in the goals of this initiative, a collegial and team-oriented spirit, and excellent administrative and organizational skills, superior writing ability, attention to detail, and an ability to manage multiple tasks at the same time. The candidate will interact with a variety of people, including senior government officials, congressional staff, public audiences, Atlantic Council board members, and others, and will consistently and professionally represent themselves and the Atlantic Council.

Job Responsibilities

  • Assume lead responsibility in organizing Council events, including workshops and conferences; liaise with offices of communications, events, external relations, and other programs to ensure successful execution of programming and events.
  • Contribute to the research, drafting, and editing of written products.
  • Coordinate outreach and activities on Capitol Hill relating to legislative initiatives and with foreign diplomatic officials relating to the D-10 Strategy Forum.
  • Support senior Atlantic Council staff, coordinate travel arrangements, and prepare substantive briefing materials.
  • Support communications activities, including social media, blog posts, public and media outreach, and dissemination strategies for work products.
  • Perform program administration and development; work with initiative director to  write proposals,  manage budget and invoicing, and support day-to-day activities.

About the Democratic Order Initiative

The Democratic Order Initiative is an Atlantic Council initiative aimed at reenergizing American leadership and strengthening democratic cooperation to defend democracy and reaffirm support for the core principles of a rules-based international order.

In February 2019, the Atlantic Council, under the auspices of a bipartisan task force led by former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former US National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley, former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt, and former Japanese Foreign Minister Yoriko Kawauchi, prepared a Declaration of Principles for Freedom, Prosperity, and Peace – a framing document intended to provide a clear and compelling statement of values, a “north star,” around which political leaders in the United States and democracies worldwide can coalesce. This Declaration has generated positive media coverage, including a featured segment on CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS and a number of news articles and blogs.

The release of the Declaration marks the beginning of a dynamic Atlantic Council campaign aimed at reaffirming support for American leadership in favor of alliances, an open global economy,  democratic values, and a rules-based order.  In support of this effort, the Atlantic Council is developing a network of legislators from leading democracies and an active public engagement and social media campaign around America’s role in the world involving major events tied to the 2020 US presidential election.


  • Have earned, or will earn by May 2020, a Bachelor’s degree or beyond in international affairs, international security, strategic studies, political science, or other relevant fields.
  • Possess solid academic credentials and demonstrate a genuine interest in the Democratic Order Initiative as well as in the work and mission of the Atlantic Council.
  • Be a committed self-starter who works well in both a team environment and in independent work.
  • Have a collegial and entrepreneurial spirit, stemming from a commitment to the goals of the project. 
  • Be able to combine quick work with attention to detail.
  • Possess strong organizational skills and the ability to track multiple streams of activity.
  • Have excellent English-language communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and preferably have experience with customer relationship management software (Salesforce, Pardot).
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States.

This is a unique opportunity to help shape and influence a consequential body of programming that has generated significant public attention. Candidates will gain valuable skills, experience, knowledge, and contacts in the Washington, DC international policy community.