Government Department Chair's Traveling Fund for Brazil

Program Overview

Internships will take place in the cities of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil's cultural and financial powerhouses. The Harvard-DRCLAS Brazil Office is located in São Paulo, and will provide logistical and on-the-ground support for students participating in this program. Together with host organizations, the Brazil Office will help students find the accommodations of their preference (homestay family or Airbnb). 

For students interning in Rio, the internship supervisor from your host organization will be your main point of contact for general help and advice in navigating the city. Though, in case of an emergency, Brazil Office staff would be readily available to fly to Rio and provide necessary support. 

Program Dates

  • June 6/7 and August 1


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

Availability of Funding

The internship carries a $4,500 stipend. Participants will also be invited to join a partially funded trip to another state in Brazil with students participating in the Brazil Office's Summer Internship Program.

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.

Centro de Liderança Pública (Center for Public Leadership) – CLP

Location: São Paulo, Brazil
Portuguese Level: Intermediate Portuguese preferred

CLP is a nonprofit dedicated to the improvement of public leadership and advocacy for strategic issues in Brazil. By preparing and empowering public leaders to promote change of behavior and to implement effective and ethical public policies, CLP aims to contribute to the strengthening of democratic institutions and the demise of populism in Brazil. We want to build the next generation of transformational leaders in Brazil by supporting the efforts of the Centro de Liderança Publica, a Brazilian social organization that has trained over 5,000 public leaders in the past eight years.

Transformation Management Department:
CLP’s Transformation Management department is the consultancy branch of the organization. The team is responsible for implementing projects alongside other consultancy firms to foster leadership and management capabilities for betterment of Brazil’s public policies and institutions.

Education Department:
CLP´s Education department focuses in offering education programs (master’s, executive education, customized programs, and online education) that seek to foster leadership and management capabilities for the betterment of Brazil’s public policies and institutions.

Mobilization Department:
The Mobilization area aims to help leaders who work in the public sphere to prioritize and address important issues in the country, and to develop independent research around strategic themes to influence public policy. The area works with innovative strategies to engage public leaders effectively and to advocate for the improvement of Competitiveness, Education, Innovation, Infrastructure and Public Security in Brazil.

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.

Folha de S. Paulo

Location: São Paulo, Brazil
Portuguese Level: Basic Portuguese preferred

Founded in 1921, Folha has been, since the 80's, the best-selling newspaper in the country among national dailies of general interest. The growth was based on the editorial principles of the Folha Project: pluralism, non-partisanship, critical journalism and independence. Organized in daily thematic sections and supplements, it has national circulation. It was the first communications vehicle in Brazil to adopt the role of ombudsman and to offer online content to its readers.

Folha de São Paulo is very interested in hosting an intern who believes in data journalism´s capacity to have a positive and profound impact on society. We are looking for a talented student capable of managing large databases and interested in working on a project in any of the fields covered by our newspaper (such as politics, economics, international affairs, sports, education, health etc).

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.


Contact Camilla Roberts, Program Coordinator