Communications Intern Communications Intern

WOLA - Washington Office on Latin America WOLA - Washington Office on Latin America

Location Washington, DC
Start Date 9/1/2015
End Date 12/15/15
Application Deadline 7/10/15
Part Time
Part Time
Full Time
Full Time
Pay Rate
Contact Information Vania Loredo 1666 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 400 Washington, DC 20009 Tel: (202) 797-2171


WOLA's Sally Yudelman Internship Program seeks to give interns hands-on experience and broad exposure to human rights advocacy and the foreign policy-making process. WOLA has hosted interns since the late 1980's, and today our former interns can be found around the world working as human rights advocates, congressional aides, lawyers, journalists, professors, and even as members of WOLA's senior staff.

WOLA's internship program is named in hoNor of Sally Yudelman for her commitment and contribution to WOLA and the cause of social justice. Following Sally's example, we hope to provide unique mentoring opportunities through internships, encouraging the next generation of young people to get involved in advocating for human rights in Latin America.


Interested applicants should have a demonstrated interest in human rights, democracy, and social justice in Latin America; initiative and flexibility; the ability to work in a fast-paced environment; good organizational skills; follow-through and attention to detail. Motivated, self-starting interns excel at WOLA. A minimum of advanced-intermediate Spanish proficiency is required. Technical skills are highly desired. Application instructions Latin American and miNority students are encouraged to apply. In general, the Yudelman Internship Program is Not open to students who have passed beyond their undergraduate studies due to its significant administrative component. In order to be considered for an internship, WOLA needs the following materials: 1) Cover letter in which you state: That you understand the internship is unpaid. Your specific dates of availability. Your willingness to work at least 24 hours per week (32 hours per week for winter and summer internships). Your internship preference (Fundraising, Communications, or Policy). Why you want to intern at WOLA, an idea of your specific interests regarding Latin America, and your Spanish language abilities. 2) Resume.3)The names of 2 references with email addresses and daytime phone numbers. Contact information is preferred over written letters of recommendation.4)Writing sample (No more than 2-3 pages) in English on a topic of your choice. It can be a paper you submitted for a class.


WOLA selects seven undergraduate interns per session. Each intern is assigned to a different program area—communications, fundraising, or one of many policy areas (Citizen Security, Colombia, Cuba, Drug Policy/Regional Security, Mexico). Every semester WOLA's new interns are paired with staff mentors and absorbed into the work of the organization. They collaborate on a mix of research, analytical, and administrative work, and they are encouraged to get involved in the day-to-day activities of their teams. Interns also get involved in the behind-the-scenes work of running a Non-profit organization, including helping with techNology, media, finance, and event planning.