WOLA’s Internship Program is named in honor of Sally Yudelman for her commitment and contribution to WOLA and the cause of social justice. Following Sally’s example, we hope to provide unique mentoring opportunities through internships, encouraging the next generation of young people to get involved in advocating for human rights in Latin America. Our former interns can be found around the world working as human rights advocates, congressional aides, lawyers, journalists, professors, and even as members of WOLA’s senior staff.
Every semester, WOLA’s new interns are paired with staff mentors and absorbed into the work of the organization. They collaborate on a mix of research, analytical, and administrative work, and they are encouraged to get involved in the day-to-day activities of their teams.
WOLA selects seven undergraduate interns per session (Spring, Summer, and Fall), and each intern is assigned to a different program area—communications, fundraising, or one of the five policy programs. Interns also participate in the behind-the-scenes work of running a non-profit organization, including helping with technology, media, finance, and event planning.
For a look at former interns’ contributions to WOLA and personal reflections on the Yudelman Program, check out:
Foreign Policy Internships (Five Programs)
Approximately 30% of the internship is administrative in nature— helping with clerical needs, or working on a specific task. All other time is spent on substantive work. Interns are required to work 24-40 hours per week. We offer an academically and professional enriching environment for interns to learn and grow. WOLA is willing to work with students to arrange for university credit.
Interested applicants should have a demonstrated interest in human rights, democracy, and social justice in Latin America; initiative and flexibility; the ability to work in a fast-paced environment; good organizational skills; follow-through; and attention to detail. Motivated, self-starting interns excel at WOLA. A minimum of intermediate-advanced Spanish proficiency is required. Intermediate Portuguese language abilities and technical skills are highly desired. In general, the Yudelman Internship Program is not open to students who have passed beyond their undergraduate studies due to its significant administrative component.
WOLA values a diverse workplace, and encourages minority candidates to apply. WOLA is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate based upon race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, prior record of arrest or conviction, or caregiver status. WOLA does not sponsor visas for students outside of the United States.
In order to be considered for an internship, WOLA needs the following materials:
1) Resume in English.
2) Cover letter in which you state:
- Your specific dates of availability.
- Your willingness to work at least 24 hours per week.
- Your internship preference; fundraising, communications, or foreign policy (specify your preferred program areas).
- Why you want to intern at WOLA, an idea of your specific interests regarding Latin America, and your Spanish language abilities.
3) The names of 2 references with email addresses and daytime phone numbers. Contact information is preferred over written letters of recommendation.
4) Writing samples (no more than 1-2 pages) in English and Spanish on a topic of your choice.
All WOLA internships take place in Washington, DC.
Please submit all application materials via email to Cayla Spear at [email protected] or on Handshake.
March 9: Summer Internship (late May through August), selections will be made in late March.
August 4: Fall Internship (late August through December), selections will be made in early August.
November 3: Spring Internship (mid-January through May), selections will be made in mid-November.
**If you require an earlier deadline due to university funding, please include the date in the body of your email**
WOLA is where I realized human rights is definitely my field. As a work-space, WOLA allowed me to understand that fighting for human rights is a daily battle. Being around such passionate individuals and experts inspired me to become an active advocate for minority groups in my island, Puerto Rico.
Marjorie Segarra, Fall 2018 intern
My experience at WOLA has been the beginning of a long journey towards justice.
Valeria Mejia-Guevara, Spring 2018 Intern
WOLA’s Summer 2018 Interns with WOLA co-founder Joe Eldridge
WOLA’s Spring 2016 Interns at the WOLA Book Award at the Swiss Embassy
WOLA’s Fall 2015 Interns at the Human Rights Award Ceremony and Benefit Gala
WOLA’s Summer 2015 Interns at Congress
WOLA Intern Alumni Reunion in March 2016