Employment & Internship Opportunities


Development Assistant


The Center for Democracy in the Americas (CDA) seeks to bring an eager and committed staff member on-board to work directly with the executive director, staff and board members on implementing the fundraising plan critical to the success of an NGO devoted to issues relating to Cuba and Latin America relations with the U.S. This position is ideal for someone who wants to build their skills as a development professional.

The Center for Democracy in the Americas is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) public education and advocacy organization located in Washington, DC dedicated to changing U.S. policy toward the countries of the Americas. CDA works primarily on Cuba, but also monitors El Salvador, Venezuela, and a focused set of issues in the region at-large. Our mission statement can be viewed here.

The tools we use for achieving our goals include taking fact-finding missions to the region, often with bi-partisan delegations of U.S. policy makers; conducting cutting-edge research; formulating strategies for changing policy; producing reports and analysis for a growing and influential audience of U.S. policy makers, senior journalists, academics and activists, in the U.S. and the region at large; and engaging in outreach, hosting public events, disseminating our ideas through the traditional media and social networks.

Specific responsibilities for this job include:

  • Prepare and coordinate correspondence with all donors and prospects including solicitation letters, acknowledgements, mass mailings, and individual letters.
  • Produce materials including informational packets and any follow-up materials required.
  • Process all contributions received.
  • Track all contributions and donor activity in Salesforce and in appropriate paper filing system.
  • Responsible for maintaining and updating donor database and appropriate email lists. Creates fundraising reports as needed.
  • Provide major assistance and support of logistics, fundraising, and program development for annual awards event.
  • Assist with logistics of all fundraising activities including local and regional activities, outreach events, conference calls, etc.
  • Track foundation deadlines and oversees timely contact with foundation program officers.
  • Coordinate the assembly of foundation proposals and reports.
  • Compile and track call sheets for Executive Director. Correct and locates phone numbers as needed. Schedule and manage time for completion.
  • Research foundation and individual prospects. Compile background information for meetings.
  • Monitor fundraising calendar and donor communications calendar. Coordinate efforts to see that fundraising activities are completed in a timely manner.


  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in advocacy NGO or congressional office.
  • High proficiency with MS office suite, internet research, and database management.
  • Experience with donor management/fundraising software databases such as Salesforce.
  • Ability to prioritize and carry out multiple tasks with attention to detail in a fast-paced team setting.
  • Excellent oral and verbal communications skills.
  • Attention to detail a must.
  • Ability to work with a broad range of people including major donors, board members, foundation staff, and other constituents.
  • Ability to work independently and with professional discretion in performing work assignments.
  • Computer maintenance and IT trouble-shooting skills a plus.
  • Good sense of humor; patient and calm demeanor.
  • Strong interest in Latin America, and an open-minded approach to learning the politics and policies of the region.
  • Fluent in Spanish a plus.

Start date: ASAP

Salary range: $36,000  – $40,000

Full time position reports directly to executive director of the Center for Democracy in the Americas.

Please send a letter of application and résumé to: andrew@democracyinamericas.org. Reference “Development Assistant” in the subject of your email. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.



ANNOUNCEMENT: Applications for the Fall 2015 Internship are now being accepted.

The Center for Democracy in the Americas (CDA) offers seasonal internship positions (Fall, Spring, and Summer) for qualified undergraduate candidates. We accept applications on a rolling basis and hope to have this position filled by September.

The intern will be selected based on knowledge of Latin America policy and history, work experience, Spanish language and computer skills, and academic performance. Preference is given to those candidates who are available to work at least 25 hours per week. CDA will complete any evaluations or paperwork necessary for the intern to receive academic credit for their work.

The intern will participate in project-related, substantive work as well as administrative duties that build the nuts-and-bolts skills necessary to run a nonprofit organization.

Specific Duties

  • Help CDA draft and edit the Cuba Central Newsblast and other publications
  • Assist with preparation for delegations, conferences, and other events
  • Report on developments in legislation pertaining to Latin America
  • Attend and report on meetings of various coalitions interested in lifting the Cuba travel ban, congressional hearings and meetings and other meetings pertaining to Latin America.
  • Update and maintain CDA website and social media sites
  • Other duties as needed


  • Working knowledge of Spanish (highly preferable)
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Basic knowledge of Latin American history and society
  • Interest in and respect for the current complex political, economic and social situation in Cuba
  • Flexibility and willingness to perform clerical tasks with a positive attitude
  • Working knowledge of Windows-based programs

CDA provides a stipend to interns to help cover transportation costs.

How to Apply

Candidates may begin the application process by submitting the following:

  1. Cover letter including information on any special skills you would bring to the internship as well as dates and times of availability
  2. Resume including references
  3. Short writing sample: 3-5 pages, content should be relevant
  4. Transcript(s): may be unofficial, and may come separate from or later than the rest of your materials
  5. [OPTIONAL] Recommendation letter(s): may come separate from or later than the rest of your materials

Please submit your complete application by Friday, September 4, 2015 to Sara Baker and Emilia Gore by e-mailing sara.b@democracyinamericas.org and emilia@democracyinamericas.org.


The Stephen M. Rivers Memorial Fellowship

In 2013, the Center for Democracy in the Americas created a Fellowship for each academic year to honor the memory of Stephen Rivers, a remarkable friend, a renowned publicist for Hollywood celebrities, a political activist, and someone who devoted much of his professional life to building cultural bridges between the U.S. and Cuba.

For more information, click here.


Become a volunteer

The Center for Democracy in the Americas is a small organization with a big place in its heart for volunteers.

We welcome your ideas.

If you can’t spend your time, share your ideas. Here at CDA, we’re trying to reform U.S. policy toward the nations of the Americas. We welcome the opportunity to learn more about the region from the people who are doing the work, doing the research, and doing the thinking that can help modernize our country’s approach to the people, the nations, and the movements of the region.

To the thinkers and the doers, we welcome volunteers at CDA.

To e-mail CDA, click here.