Government Department Chair's Traveling Fund for Brazil (Remote)

Program Overview

The Department of Government at Harvard University and the Brazil Studies Program & Office of Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies are partnering to offer an enriching remote internship experience in Brazil during summer 2021. Two highly qualified Government concentrators will receive a full stipend to take up one of the specified internship opportunities below, while also participating in weekly cultural immersive sessions led by DRCLAS.

Internships will take place in Brazilian organizations from all over the country. The Harvard-DRCLAS Brazil Office is located in São Paulo, and will provide logistical support, connecting students to Host Organizations, while offering cultural immersive programming for students participating in this program, as well as optional Portuguese Language sessions.

Program Dates

  • Application Deadline: March 8, 2021 - 11:59PM (ET)

  • Interview Dates: March 4/5 and March 11/12.

  • Program: From June 7 to July 30.


Two highly qualified Government concentrators will receive financial and logistical support. 

Availability of Funding

Students will receive a full internship stipend, details to be set directly with the Government Department.

Internship Opportunities

Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada (Institute for Applied Economic Research) - Ipea

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Portuguese Level: No Portuguese Necessary

The Institute for Applied Economic Research (Ipea) is a public research institution that provides technical support to the federal government with regard to public policies: fiscal, social and economic. The division offering the position is responsible for studying Science, technology and innovation as well as several public policies on this matter. 


Location: São Paulo, Brazil
Portuguese Level: No Portuguese necessary

The Center of Politics and Economics of the Public Sector, CEPESP, was created in 2006. CEPESP gathers professors, students, and researchers from both the Business and the Economics Schools at FGV. The primary research question is the role performed by political and economic variables on explaining public policies. In other words, the researches aim at appraising the influence exerted by institutions (in a broad sense) on public policies’ decision-making. The work carried out by CEPESP is structured along four research lines: Political Institutions, Public Finance, Regulation of Public Policies, and Regional and Urban Economics.

Inova Lab – MPRJ

Location: Rio de Janeiro - Southeastern Brazil
Portuguese Level: No Portuguese necessary

Inova_MPRJ is the government innovation lab of the Rio de Janeiro's Public Prosecutor's Office. Our purpose is to explore daring ideas and experiment with new practices to build an organization ahead of its time. To address sustainable public solutions, we work mixing different and complementary tools, such as data science, design thinking, storytelling and evidence-based public policies.

Instituto Igarapé

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Portuguese Level: Basic Portuguese preferred

The Igarapé Institute is an independent think and do tank devoted to evidence-based policy and action on complex security, justice and development challenges in Brazil, Latin America, and Africa. The Institute’s goal is to stimulate debate, foster connections and trigger action. Based in the South, the Igarapé Institute undertakes diagnostics, generates awareness, and co-designs solutions with public and private partners, often with the use of new technologies.

Key areas of focus include (i) Weather and Safety (focus Amazon Forest), (ii) gun violence and (iii) safer cities.

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Portuguese Level: Basic Portuguese preferred

Repú is a non-profit, nonpartisan, and non-corporate association that relies on data and analysis to invest in qualification, recognition, and network-building for excellent people working within the Brazilian public sector. Our goal is to build capacity and increase the effectiveness of public services in Brazil.

Development Bank of Minas Gerais (BDMG)

Location: Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Portuguese Level: Basic Portuguese preferred

BDMG is a public development bank controlled by the Brazilian State of Minas Gerais. Founded in 1962, the bank offers financial services to both the public and private sectors, including credit and project’s preparation. In 2020 it disbursed BRL 2,85 bi in loans that support 13.462 clients throughout the State of Minas Gerais and others. BDMG's strategy is linked to the Sustainable Development Goals, in the continuous search to generate positive socioeconomic impact. In this sense, the Bank has been emphasizing actions that stimulate green economy, innovation, health, female entrepreneurship, microcredit and urban infrastructure


Contact Camilla Roberts, Program Coordinator