WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas
20 Jun 2018

WOLA Citizen Security Research Internship

The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), a leading research and advocacy organization advancing human rights in the Americas, is seeking talented recent graduates or graduate interns to work directly with the Citizen Security program during the spring of 2019. The interns will carry out research for a new initiative to track U.S. assistance to Central America and evaluate the progress that Central America is making in the fields of corruption, violence reduction, justice and security sector reform, protection of human rights, and transparency through the use of a series of indicators. WOLA’s Citizen Security program works to promote comprehensive reforms to address the root causes of violence and ensure effective and accountable police and judicial systems. The internship is part-time and is unpaid.

WOLA is an organization in which everyone is self-motivated, goal-oriented, and passionate about our work. We are committed to what we do. Our leadership works hard to support us with a culture of innovation, collaboration, and excellence. WOLA has twice been recognized by Washingtonian Magazine as one of D.C.’s “Best Places to Work” and by The Washington Post as one of D.C.’s best-managed nonprofits.


  • Provide research as needed across issue areas included in the Central America Monitor.
  • Assist in writing and editing documents for the Central America Monitor.
  • Collect and organize data and information on specific topics and emblematic cases.
  • Store and organize documentation in project platform.
  • Other duties will be assigned depending on the program’s needs.


  • A demonstrated commitment to human rights, democracy, and social justice in Latin America.
  • Excellent research skills and close attention to detail.
  • Strong project management and editing skills.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills.
  • Spanish proficiency required.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office software including Word, Excel, Internet search engines and main academic databases

Time commitment: Approximately 15-20 hours/week, January to late-April.

To apply: Please send cover letter, resume and a Spanish writing sample to Kevin Amaya at kamaya@wola.org by October 31, 2018.

-No phone calls please-
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, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, or any other status protected by applicable law. We regret that we are unable to sponsor applicants for any kind of work visa for this position and can only hire candidates currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.