Summer 2019 Junior Associate, Leadership Development and Exchange Programs

Location: San Francisco
Deadline: 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 team seeks a junior associate (JA) to work in our San Francisco, CA office during the summer 2019 program period from June 17 to September 6, 2019.

The Asia Foundations Leadership 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 publication.
  • 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 our 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 to 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.

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The Foundation offers excellent benefits and salary commensurate with experience. The Asia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.

No phone calls please.

This position offers medical, dental, and vision 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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