Employment & Internship Opportunities


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The Center for Democracy in the Americas (CDA) is offering an unpaid internship position for an undergraduate.

The Center for Democracy in the Americas (CDA) is devoted to changing U.S. policy toward the countries of the Americas by basing our relations on respect and dignity, recognizing positive models of governance in the region, and fostering dialogue particularly with those governments and movements with which U.S. policy is at odds.

Our instruments for achieving this objective include leading fact-finding missions for U.S. delegations, working with U.S. policymakers on strategy, sponsoring and disseminating research, hosting events, and conducting public education and outreach via the news media and the internet.

Our principal program countries are Cuba, El Salvador, and Venezuela.

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. The CDA will complete any evaluations or paperwork necessary for the intern to receive academic credit for their work.

The intern will work directly with the CDA staff to assist with conference and delegation preparation, web site updates, drafting and editing publications, research support, and many other tasks. 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.

Duties: tracking, analyzing and summarizing Cuba news for our weekly Cuba Central News Blast – assisting in planning delegations, conferences, and other events – aid in tracking congressional legislation pertaining to Latin America – attending and reporting on congressional hearings and other meetings/events pertaining to Cuba and Latin America – updating and maintaining the CDA site and social media sites – other duties as needed.

Specific Duties

  • Assist in planning delegations, conferences, and other events
  • Aid in tracking congressional 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 Caracas Connect and Cuba Central websites


  • 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 the following information: – any special skills you would bring to the internship – 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.


1) Recommendation letter(s) – may come separate from or later than the rest of your materials.

Please send your complete application to: Simone Duval by e-mail at simone@democracyinamericas.org.

Position open until filled.

The internship will run approximately from May to August 2015.

The Stephen M. Rivers Memorial Fellowship

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.