Summer 2021 Internship, Latin America and the Caribbean Program

Work Location: Washington, DC - US
Requisition Number: 1153
# of Openings: 1


Summer 2021 Internship, Latin America and the Caribbean Program

Location: Washington, D.C./Remote


Freedom House is a US-based research, advocacy, and program implementation NGO with a 75-year history of documenting and addressing the threats to fundamental freedoms across the globe. Established in 1941, Freedom House has a reputation for its research and analysis, including the flagship Freedom in the World report  of annual country ratings and in-depth country analyses. Freedom House’s international programming supports human rights defenders and builds the capacity of civil society organizations (CSOs) to defend and promote human rights, democracy and good governance. Freedom House has extensive programming in and throughout Latin America in support of Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) and pro-democracy Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Latin America, which provide us with a realistic understanding of the challenges and risks that activists face.


Freedom House's Latin American and the Caribbean team is looking for interns for the Summer 2021 semester. The selected candidates will be assigned to ongoing projects or the development of new initiatives and will be engaged on a range of substantive tasks, depending on country and thematic focus. Illustrative responsibilities include:

  • Monitor media coverage and social media activity on human rights and governance-related issues in the region in English, Spanish, and Portuguese
  • Conduct research for assessments, advocacy efforts, partner outreach, and new project development on the assigned topics or countries
  • Participate in the design and implementation of specific project activities, such as online events, small grant competitions, policy brief production, or others
  • Together with other project staff, participate in identifying key policy issues, critical actors, and civil society initiatives that may affect program implementation in the region


  • Must be a current undergraduate or graduate student with a specialization in social sciences
  • Strong interest in Latin America and the Caribbean; specific country focus is welcome
  • Strong ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing
  • Strong language skills in Spanish, or Spanish and Portuguese
  • Strong ability to apply interpersonal skills, and successfully work in a diverse and multicultural environment
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, and meet all goals and deadlines


Qualified and Interested Applicants


We invite qualified candidates to complete an online application and submit a resume and cover letter.


Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted.


Only candidates authorized to work in the U.S. without any restrictions need apply.


Successful candidates will be applying for this unpaid internship as part of an established colleague/graduate school internship program.


A fixed stipend for travel cost will be available. 




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