Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA) Internships (Washington D.C.)

For more than 30 years, the Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA), a major tax-exempt, nonprofit and nonpartisan national research and information organization, has offered internships in Washington in the fields of U.S., Latin American and Canadian relations. These internships provide entry level practical experience in dealing with a variety of hemispheric political, economic, diplomatic and trade issues. They also provide young scholars with an excellent opportunity to be exposed to the policymaking process.
COHA is seeking highly qualified undergraduate and graduate students, and those who already have earned degrees. During its existence, almost 1,000 successful candidates have interned in COHA’s Washington office. COHA internships, which are available throughout the year, are entirely voluntary and are awarded on a highly competitive basis (with summer positions being the most sought after). Schedules for the 18-week internships (14 weeks for summer internships) can be arranged to meet the individual’s needs, although full-time and full-term applicants are usually given preference in the selection process.
When contracting for its professional staff, COHA always limits its search to its former and current personnel who have served distinguished internships. COHA’s activities (in which interns play an integral role), include: issuing statements and providing commentary to the print and electronic media; submitting articles for publication under the intern-author’s by-line on hemispheric issues to regional and national media; monitoring human rights and press freedom violations, promoting constructive U.S. policy initiatives and activities throughout the hemisphere and formulating viable alternatives that seek a diplomatic rather than a military solution to disputes; attending briefings by visiting Latin American dignitaries and other regional events; and surveying legislation which affects the area, and promotes, rather than detracts from, the goals of social justice and the expansion of authentic democratic institutions.
Intern candidates should have some knowledge and/or interest in U.S.-Latin American affairs or international relations, and should display impressive research and writing skills. Language ability in Spanish or Portuguese is desired, although a track record in journalism, English or one of the social sciences may be substituted for the normal background requirements. Candidates who lack these qualifications are at times selected if they exhibit proven research and writing skills. Ideal internship candidates should be highly motivated and, under the guidance of the staff, will be expected to show initiative and a capacity for innovation in an office renowned for its productivity. Interns (or “research associates”, as they are officially designated) quickly become fully integrated into COHA’s research activities and also select modest administrative tasks that they are expected to fulfill along with their research and writing assignments.
For more information and an application, please see our web page at; or contact our Washington offices by phone (202) 223-4975, fax (202) 223-4979, or email

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