The Stephen M. Rivers Memorial Internship

Stephen M. Rivers


The Center for Democracy in the Americas created an internship 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.

Our organization is now seeking applications from qualified undergraduates, recent graduates, or Master’s students for this paid, 10-month  internship that starts September 2014. [NOTE: As of June 6, 2014, the application process is now closed.]

Background on Stephen Rivers:  Over the span of his career, Stephen represented some of the most recognizable names in entertainment, including Richard Dreyfuss, Oliver Stone, Anna Deavere Smith, Jane Fonda and former super-agent Michael Ovitz.

Stephen helped to organize events for the Middle East peace organization Seeds for Peace, the Magic Johnson Foundation and the music industry’s Rock the Vote initiative.  As an activist Stephen is best remembered for his fierce dedication to changing U.S. policy toward Cuba and his work as a relentless bridge-builder who brought new people together, particularly young people, from Cuba and from here, to help champion the cause.

At CDA’s annual event honoring the “Unsung Heroes” of efforts to change U.S. relations with Latin America, we gathered Stephen’s family, friends, and colleagues to honor his work. During this event CDA announced the founding of the Stephen M. Rivers Memorial Internship.  By bringing smart and committed young people to Washington, CDA hopes to honor and continue Stephen’s work and activism, and foster young activists passionate about changing Cuba policy. See below:

CDA’s Stephen M. Rivers Internship

CDA is offering a paid, full-time, ten-month position in Washington, D.C. for a uniquely qualified applicant with a special interest in Cuba, a thirst for activism, and an interest inpursuing a professional career in the foreign policy NGO community.

The Stephen M. Rivers Intern will spend ten months working side-by-side with CDA staff on projects and ideas that advance our goal of forging a new policy toward Cuba and the region.

The internship focuses on these key areas:

  • Assisting CDA staff with research and policy analysis
  • Informing policy makers about what is happening in Cuba and how US policy should change
  • Organizing and possibly participating in travel to Cuba with U.S. policy makers
  • Helping to research and write our weekly Cuba Central News Blast

How to apply

Those wishing to apply should submit the following:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume including references
  • Transcript(s) (may be unofficial)
  • Brief writing sample (3-5 pages), content should be relevant

Candidates should speak Spanish and have outstanding analytic and writing skills.  

All application materials for the position must be sent by email to by April 15, 2014.  [NOTE: As of June 6, 2014, the application process is now closed.]

CDA will pay a stipend of $2,000 per month.

Information about the current intern

Cullen Moran is an undergraduate student at American University, where he is studying International Relations with a focus on Global Political Economy. His research on economic sanctions was recently named “Best Undergraduate Research Paper” by the American University Library. Before starting his university studies, Cullen spent a year traveling and working in Central America. During his time as a student, he has traveled to Cuba three times on student-organized cultural exchange trips, two of which he led. Cullen succeeds Jaime Hamre as CDA’s third Stephen Rivers Memorial Intern, a position that offers training to budding activists who plan to pursue a career in the foreign policy NGO community.

Click here to read Cullen’s blog.

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