The Latin American Initiative
The student internships are designed to give a wide variety of opportunities for
the students at Harvard to engage in Human Rights activities in Latin America. In
some cases they will have a greater focus on research while in others the
students will be much more active in the field.
Each experience will start with pre-internship courses taught by faculty from the
Carr Center in combination with the Harvard Law School and the Graduate
School of Education. The idea is to give students a theoretical background before
their internships to send them better prepared for the experience. All internships
will end with an evaluation of the experience, including a section describing to
what extent the pre-internship courses helped the student engage.
To allow for students to gain the experience they desire, the program will focus
on a list of contacts that will expand depending on the interests of each student.
Currently, we have contacts with academic and social institutions in Mexico,
Colombia, Guatemala, and Venezuela. The focus of each of these programs will
depend on the current projects being carried by the institution of each country.
For example, due to our connection with SUMATE, as well as the research
currently taking place at the Human Rights Center at UCAB, the Venezuela
internship will mostly focus on civil rights and liberties within a weakened
democracy. We are also including existing human rights internships programmed
by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and the University
Committee on Human Rights Studies in Chile and Argentina. The list of contacts
will increase continually to hopefully create a system in which students will have
the flexibility to establish an internship that is best suited for them in an
environment both academic and active in the field.
The following links provide more information on the David Rockefeller Center for Latin
American Studies (DRCLAS) programs:
There will also be internships opportunities taking place within the United States.
Currently, we have set up a connection with Human Rights Watch. Due to its
high political profile in the region, HRW does not send interns to different
countries. However, the students will get the opportunity to work with the
Americas’ division, gaining insight into how HRW qualifies human rights violations
as they are occur within this particular region. Further more they will learn how
these findings affect the political stability of each democracy and how in turn
their ability to work changes upon the publication of their findings.