HBS Latin America Research Center Internships

Program Overview

The HBS Global Initiative is anchored by a team based in Boston with over 65 staff sitting in key regions around the world to contribute to the school’s global strategy and research. They play a critical role in the School’s efforts to build a deep understanding of and expertise in global business practice and innovation. Each summer they host Harvard College interns in our research centers abroad, to assist with the research and non-research activities of these teams. This provides students a wonderful opportunity to learn about both the work of Harvard Business School and business issues in a particular region. All internships are a minimum of 8 weeks in duration. 

The Latin America Research Center (LARC), which opened in 2000, is an arm of Harvard's Business School, and plays an important role in helping HBS develop and strengthen relationships with business and academic leaders throughout Central and South America. The LARC was founded to satisfy strong interest on the part of the HBS faculty in this dynamic region. As a result, the LARC's work has greatly increased the volume of indepth research and course materials that focus on business management issues specific to Latin American companies. In addition, the LARC has strengthened its relationships with important profit and not-for-profit constituencies throughout Latin America. Since its inception, the LARC has supported HBS faculty in developing over 150 research cases and projects on management and economic issues in Latin America, covering 14 countries. To further support research being carried out in this region, additional researchers and leadership staff are based in São Paulo and Mexico City.

The LARC's research mission is twofold: to cooperate closely with professors at HBS in their research and course development (by writing case studies), and to work with companies all over the region to identify case studies that present significant learning opportunities.

Program Dates

  • June 7 - August 1, 2020

The HBS LARC program coincides with the DRCLAS Summer Internship Programs (SIP). Students in the co-sponsored HBS program will attend the same programmatic activities and orientations as SIP students and will join the SIP cohort.

Internship Information

Interns may assist in some or all aspects of the work at LARC. Depending on what is going on when the interns arrive, students will participate in case writing and analytical work, desk research (e.g. company/industry/country micro and macroeconomic background research based on public data), helping pitch ideas in the discovery/ development phase, and more. This is an amazing opportunity for undergraduate students to delve into fascinating management issues.

You have some professional experience, preferably international, and are curious to conduct research on business and management issues in several countries and industries in Central and South America. You have excellent English (and preferably Spanish or Portuguese) writing skills and you can synthesize and think analytically. You will be part of a small highly integrated research team and hence must demonstrate flexibility, strong interpersonal skills, attention to detail, and professionalism.

This intern will be a part of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies Internship Program, with Harvard University, which will include a one week orientation before the seven week internship. The intern will work Monday through Thursday, and on Fridays will participate in group excursions and activities in and around Buenos Aires.

Application Requirements

Summer 2020 applications are now open, interviews are required.

Students interested in the HBS LARC co-sponsored internships should apply through the regular DRCLAS SIP application via Centralized Application for Research and Travel (CARAT). For complete instructions on applying, please visit our Summer Opportunities Application Information page. Please be sure to mark your interest in the Supplemental Coversheet, as well as describe your interest in your application's statement.

Program Costs & Availability of Funding

Interns will be funded by HBS in the amount $6,000 (a portion of this fee covers the DRCLAS program fee). 


Contact Rachel Murray-Crawford, Assistant Director of Student Programs