Government Department Chair's Traveling Fund for Brazil

Program Overview


NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the in-person nature of this offering is subject to change in accordance with updates to Harvard travel policies as well as local conditions in Brazil.

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 internship experience in Brazil during summer 2022. Two highly qualified Government concentrators will receive a full stipend to take up one of the specified internship opportunities, while also being welcome to participate in cultural immersive activities led by DRCLAS Brazil. This eight-week program takes advantage of our strong network of relationships, local presence, and years of on-the-ground experience.

Internships will take place in leading Brazilian organizations mainly in the Southeast of the country. The Harvard-DRCLAS Brazil Office is located in Sao Paulo and will provide pre-orientation, on-the-ground logistical support - connecting students to Host Organizations, while offering optional cultural immersive activities.


Program Dates

  • Application Deadline: February 13, 2022 - 11:59PM (ET)

  • Interview Dates: will be scheduled via email. Please be attentive to your email from Feb 14-18, 2022.

  • Program: From June 5 to July 31.


Two highly qualified Government concentrators will receive financial and logistical support, to fully fund their internship experience in Brazil. 



  • A completed application form via CARAT
    • Click here to apply.

  • Applicants will be asked to submit in CARAT:

    • Updated resume (1 page max in English)

    • Unofficial transcript from Spring 2022 semester
      • To serve as proof of current enrollment

      • Spring classes will not have grades listed

      • This may be downloaded as a PDF from my.Harvard


Internship Opportunities


Location: Londrina, Brazil
Portuguese: No Portuguese necessary. 
Founded by English citizens in 1934, Londrina is the second largest city in the state of Paraná and one of the four largest cities in the South of Brazil. Recognized in the past as the “International Capital for Coffee”, Londrina currently finds its main activities in both Services and Technology. Londrina City Hall is a public governmental organization that manages local public services delivered to more than 600.000 inhabitants and employs more than 10.000 public servants. Collective efforts from local government, the private sector, academia, and civil society are making Londrina a real contender to become the most innovative city in Latin America: the city has +2000IT companies, 15 higher education institutions (11 of them offering IT and technology degrees), the 1st public Artificial Intelligence Hub in Brazil, the 1st street in Latin America to test 5G connections in public infrastructure, and an innovative environment with +400 start-ups, incubators and accelerators.

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

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 – 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.

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, Brazil Program Coordinator