Institute of Politics Director's Internships

Program Overview

The Director’s Internship Program is a signature of the IOP. These are fully-funded internships that allow students to gain experience in the public sector that may otherwise be difficult to obtain or finance. Students have reported these internships as leading to careers, larger networks, and significant development of professional skills. 

Program Dates

  • June 6 - August 1, 2020 (Argentina & Brazil) 
  • May 31 - July 25, 2020 (Mexico) 

 IOP programs coincide with the Summer Internship Programs (SIP) in the respective countries. Students in the co-sponsored IOP program will attend the same programmatic activities and orientations as SIP students.

Eligibility

The program is open to Harvard undergraduate students  interested in politics, government, and public service. Please see organization information below for specific language requirements.

Application Requirements

Summer 2020 applications are now open, interviews are required.

Students interested in the IOP 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

These are fully-funded internships that allow students to gain experience in the public sector that may otherwise be difficult to obtain or finance. 

IOP Host Organizations

The Institute of Politics Director's Internship Program arranges paid summer internship opportunities for returning Harvard College undergraduates interested in exploring a summer in politics and public service. This summer, the IOP will offer over 100 Director’s Internships throughout the United States and abroad.

DRCLAS-IOP Director's Interns are responsible for completing 8 weeks of full-time, substantive work. 

The IOP has a strict two-application limit for the Director's Internship program, which includes internships that are co-sponsored with DRCLAS.

Brazil: Igarapé Institute

Interns will be fully funded by the IOP in the amount $6,000 for the Brazil placement (a portion of this fee covers the DRCLAS program fee). Additionally, the Priscilla Chan Summer Service Award will cover the summer earnings contribution for students on financial aid who are accepted into the Director's Internship program.  

Host Organization Description

The Igarapé Institute is an independent think and do tank based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 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, Climate and Safety (focus on the Amazon Forest), (ii) gun violence, and (iii) safer cities.

Keywords: Think and do tank; Citizen Security; Safer Cities; Smart Cities; Justice; Women; Peace; Drug Policy; Innovation; Cybersecurity; Data Analisys; Machine Learning

Portuguese Level: Basic or Intermediary Portuguese preferred

Location: Rio de Janeiro - Southeastern Brazil

Topics: Think Tank / Research / Policy, Foreign Affairs / International Affairs

Chile: Ministerio de Hacienda

Interns will be fully funded by the IOP in the amount $5,500 for the Chile placement (a portion of this fee covers the DRCLAS program fee).

Host Organization Description

The Ministerio de Hacienda (Department of the Treasury) has as its mission to maximize the potential of long-term growth for the economy. They aim to encourage better use of productive resources in the country in order to achieve sustainable economic growth that translates into a better quality of life for all Chileans, especially the most neglected and vulnerable.

Spanish Level: High intermediate to Advanced 

Location: Santiago de Chile

Topics: Economics / Business, Foreign Affairs / International Affairs

Mexico: Comisión Nacional de Búsqueda

Interns will be fully funded by the IOP in the amount $5,000 for the Mexico placement (a portion of this fee covers the DRCLAS program fee).

Host Organization Description

The Comisión Nacional de Búsqueda (National Search Commission) is a newly formed government commission that offers centralized governmental support to those who are searching for desaparecidos, Mexico’s missing.

This Commission works closely with family members of those who've disappeared, other local/state search commissions, other governmental institutions (including but not limited to the Comisión Ejecutiva de Atención a Víctimas, the Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores, and the Procuraduría General de la República), as well as international bodies like the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.

The Comisión utilizes interdisciplinary resources as it seeks to obtain answers and tries to engage Mexican citizenry at large in the search for desaparecidos.

Keywords: Citizen Security; Human rights; Justice; Women; Peace

Spanish Level: Intermediate to advanced

Location: Mexico City, Mexico 

Notes: Given the sensitivity, we ask that IOP interns employ utmost discretion. Students shall most likely help in day-to-day legal research and coordination with the Comisión’s external partners. Additionally, interns may be asked to sit in/record interviews to facilitate evidence gathering of individual cases.

Questions?

Contact Rachel Murray-Crawford, Assistant Director of Student Programs