Program Development Intern

oRganization Description

The Armed Services Arts Partnership (ASAP) is a DC- and Hampton Roads-based nonprofit with a mission to reintegrate veterans, service members, and military families into their communities through the arts. We promote expression, skill-development, and camaraderie through classes, workshops, and performances across a variety of artistic disciplines. Our focus on consistent programs and partnerships ensures that members of our community have continuous opportunities for artistic and personal growth. Our approach provides participants with transferable life skills, a renewed sense of purpose, and improved well-being. At the same time, we strengthen ties between veterans and their communities through the arts. ASAP has been featured on CNNABCBBC, and the Washington Post; has been the subject of a documentary from PBS; and has even delivered a performance at The White House. The organization has been recognized by Americans for the Arts as a national leader in engaging veterans through the arts, HillVets as one of the 100 most influential organizations in the veterans space, and on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list.



Position Summary

The Program Development Intern will support ASAP's Program Manager and Program Coordinators in the planning and execution of ASAP’s classes, workshops, and performances across its service areas (DC and Hampton Roads). ASAP is looking for a creative, entrepreneurial individual who is passionate about the arts, supporting veterans’ transition home, and building a start-up from the ground-level. For Summer 2019, this will be a full-time internship role (40 hours/week) based in Washington, D.C. Qualified applicants must be able to work evenings and weekends in support of the organization’s programs and performances. The primary duties and responsibilities of the position are detailed below:


Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Support the planning and execution of programs in a fast-paced start-up environment in order to facilitate ASAP’s programmatic excellence and growth

  • Help manage relationships and directly interface with instructors, volunteers, students, classroom and performance venues, and other partners to effectively execute ASAP’s programs and performances

  • Support the development, budgeting, implementation, evaluation, and revision of ASAP’s arts curricula

  • Assist with the creation and execution of processes for expanding the program, including instructor assessment and training, admissions, program/performance standard operating procedures, program communications, and volunteer recruitment and management

  • Support partnership development with local arts instructors, arts organizations, colleges, veterans organizations, and businesses

  • Perform all other program-related tasks as needed


Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

This person will be critical in supporting the execution and growth of ASAP’s programs. S/he will be responsible for helping to implement ASAP’s programmatic vision and ensure that the day-to-day operations run smoothly. As such, s/he must have the ability to work independently and autonomously, demonstrate flexibility in the face of changing demands, diligently drive execution, and be present for the organization’s evening and weekend programs/performances. Other qualifications include:

  • Interest in project management and execution, curriculum and training development, event planning, and external communications; interest in arts, veterans affairs, or mental health preferred; experience working in an office a plus

  • Ability to operate, prioritize, and thrive in a demanding, high-growth, start-up environment; proven ability to solve complex problems with limited data and directions; intellectually curious and driven to develop skills in areas in which s/he may be deficient; high tolerance for stress, ambiguity, and change  

  • Superior attention to detail; excellent written and verbal communications skills; open to receiving and willing to deliver constructive feedback; comfortable interacting with a variety of stakeholders

  • Entrepreneurial; capable of managing time effectively and efficiently in a remote work environment; thrives in highly autonomous situations in which s/he has the opportunity to drive her/his own work

  • Preferred proficiency in: Microsoft Office Suite; Google Drive, Calendar, Documents, Sheets, and Forms; Slack and task management software; and Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn


Compensation & Benefits

  • Stipend

  • Course credits from undergraduate/graduate university (eligibility permitting)

  • Mentorship support from ASAP's network of advisors and supporters

  • The opportunity to build a program from the ground and, in the process, impact the lives of thousands of veterans, service members, and military family members

To Apply

Please submit your résumé, a writing sample of no more than three pages, and a 250 word statement of interest explaining why you would be a fit for this opportunity. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Résumés, writing samples, and statements of interest should be sent directly to