Employment & Internship Opportunities




The Center for Democracy in the Americas (CDA) seeks to bring an eager and committed staff member on-board to work as our Finance and Development Manager.

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 has historically had programs on Cuba, El Salvador, Venezuela, and a focused set of issues in the region at-large. In 2016, our work will focus on Cuba and U.S.-Cuba relations as we move forward in a new era of restored diplomatic relations. Our mission statement can be viewed here.

The tools we use for achieving our goals include leading fact-finding missions to Cuba for bi-partisan delegations of U.S. policy makers and business executives; conducting cutting-edge research; hosting public and private policy events, disseminating our ideas through the traditional media and social networks; and contributing to the formulation of actionable strategies for ensuring that new direction of U.S. policy has a chance to succeed.


CDA’s expertise and networks are in high demand and the institution has to strategically seek to meet the surge in interest in Cuba. We are looking to a hire a Finance and Development manager who can both keep us organized and on track financially, but also help us broaden our vision and contribute to long-term institutional strategy.

Institutional Sustainability

  • Working closely with the Executive Director, the Finance and Development Manager will design and implement a 3-year institutional sustainability plan. This will involve thinking strategically about a wide range of fundraising sources, including foundations, private donors, and other revenue streams, such as trips. The new CDA team member will have an understanding of the current economic and political climate in Cuba and help us create realistic budgets and projections. S/he will advise us on how to best streamline our costs and maximize efficiency. S/he will produce annual financial reports for CDA’s board meeting in collaboration with Executive Director and brief board members on CDA’s financial progress.


  • Serve as primary point person for fundraising. Track donor database, update Salesforce, produce reports at request, and follow up on pledged donations.
  • Coordinate the writing and preparation of grant proposals and reports for new foundations or for expanded support from current foundations.
  • Help identify prospects and coordinate strategies to solicit donations from philanthropists and private donors.
  • Help imagine and create new fundraising and revenue vehicles.

Accounting and Trip Finance Management:

  • Track all incoming money and outgoing expenses.
  • Help organize CDA trip expenses with the Cuba Travel Program Manager by drawing up budgets, pricing trips, tracking payments, managing expenses, completing post-trip accounting, and preparing budget reconciliations


  • The successful candidate should be drawn to the Center’s mission and have a proven track record in fundraising and business development. Candidates should have proven experience managing the finances and implementing a fundraising strategy of a small non-profit or business.
  • Attentive to detail, prompt, and persistent
  • An ability to represent CDA professionally in both speech and writing
  • Works well independently, yet comfortable taking direction from various colleagues simultaneously
  • Familiarity with computers and databases, Salesforce, Constant Contact a plus
  • Understanding of the current climate in Cuba, experience in Latin America a plus
  • Fluency in Spanish desired, but not required.

Compensation: This is a full-time position, $50,000/year. Competitive benefits package provided.


Please send a letter of application, résumé, and three references with daytime telephone numbers to: sara.b@democracyinamericas.org



ANNOUNCEMENT: Applications for the Summer 2016 internship are live. Below you will find a list of our general qualifications. We are looking to fill this position quickly and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis starting February 1, 2016.

The Center for Democracy in the Americas (CDA) offers seasonal internship positions (Fall, Spring, and Summer) for qualified undergraduate candidates.

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

For questions regarding this internship and to submit your application materials, please contact Sara Baker (sara.b@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.