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Institute of Latin American Studies – ILAS Weekly Digest: May 8, 2017

 Jobs, Internships, Volunteer Opportunities

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The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) seeks a talented, creative, and detail-oriented Communications Associate to assist WOLA’s Director of Communications with our press strategy and rapid response efforts. The Communications Associate will propose, research, and produce timely analyses of issues in Latin America. S/he will have excellent writing and editing capabilities, a detailed understanding of the latest developments in Latin American politics and U.S. foreign policy towards the region, as well as the ability to communicate effectively in both English and Spanish. Multimedia skills are a plus. This position is an opportunity for a committed individual to help advance the debate in the human rights and foreign policy communities in Washington, DC and Latin America.

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

WOLA has a full-time staff of approximately 25, plus seven interns, and seven senior fellows.



  • Work with the Director of Communications to devise strategies to enhance WOLA’s position as the leading research and advocacy organization advancing human rights in the Americas and highlight our staff as the go-to experts in their field.
  • Propose, research, and write timely analyses of current events in Latin America and U.S. foreign policy towards the region.
  • Collaborate closely with senior program staff to produce content relevant to their work. Draft and/or edit commentaries, reports, fact sheets, and other written products with a view towards maximizing their readability, appeal, content accuracy, and adherence to WOLA’s style guide.
  • Repackage our information and present it under a new light or provide a more timely hook.
  • Copy editing; making and checking corrections.
  • Work with staff to oversee/undertake the production of multimedia content including videos, podcasts, infographics, interactives, etc.
  • Collaborate with WOLA’s Digital Marketing Associate to promote WOLA’s content in creative and strategic ways.
  • Work with WOLA’s Digital Marketing Associate to produce content for our online platforms and social media.
  • Ensure our website is up to date with cutting-edge content and analysis.





  • A demonstrated commitment to and interest in human rights and social justice.
  • Bachelor’s degree and 5+ years of experience in a similar field.
  • English and Spanish fluency.
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills (in English).
  • Awareness of current events in Latin America, as well as an ability to understand and analyze the international news and political environment in which WOLA operates.
  • Strong capability to work well under pressure in a very fast-paced environment.
  • Extreme attention to detail and the ability to see the big picture while functioning in the details.
  • Problem-solving skills, critical thinking, good judgment, and troubleshooting abilities are essential.
  • Ability to think creatively and outside the box.
  • Proven experience of being a team player and working with others in an effective manner.
  • Have a love for storytelling.       




  • MS or MA in communications, marketing, public relations, or related field.
  • Knowledge of video editing software such as Premier, Final Cut, or Avid.
  • Knowledge of audio editing software such as Protools.


SALARY: Commensurate with experience. 100 percent employer-paid health, dental, vision, and life insurance; four weeks annual vacation.
APPLICATIONS DUE BY: Applications reviewed on a rolling basis, open until filled.
START DATE: As soon as possible.
TO APPLY:  Please submit electronically, in English, the following in a single PDF document to


  • Cover letter.
  • Resume.
  • Two-page English-language writing sample.
  • A list of two references with email addresses and daytime telephone numbers.
  • Links to multimedia content, including videos, infographics, interactives.


For more information, please visit

– No phone calls please-


Social Impact and Design Internship at Coda Societies 

Job Description: Coda is an emerging venture dedicated to building public services, programs and infrastructures with communities, organizations and governments. We are committed to promoting the prosperity of social groups and their members through the development of adapted societal structures. We put our expertise in public administration, systems thinking, architecture, engineering and participatory design at the service of parties committed to developing resilient, inclusive and restorative social and economic systems.

We are actively recruiting unpaid interns to assist in business, web and administrative system development as well as public relations and communication. Beyond these technical tasks, you will have the opportunity to apply your knowledge in urban planning, architecture, economic development or business to the design of our projects. Summer interns will work mainly with the founder. The internship will follow a robust curriculum with a commitment to professional development and personal growth. Throughout this experience, interns will meet influential individuals in the social impact sphere, go to multiple talks, be integral in strategy sessions, and be required to generate some blog entries or a publishable article.

Time Frame: Part-time until mid-May & full-time until August.

Job Requirements: We are looking for architecture, urban planning, civil engineering, business and economic development interns with the following qualities/abilities:

– deep understanding and passion for social impact

– ability to work in a highly entrepreneurial environment

– high critical and problem solving abilities

– experienced in various research tactics

– exceptional writing and editing skills

– preferably experienced in design, systems thinking and/or participatory planning – preferably proficient in graphic design

– preferably bilingual

– preferably benefiting from a grant that is sponsoring their experience

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out. If interested in the position, please submit the following to

– Resume

– Portfolio (if applicable) – Writing Sample



The Yleana Leadership Academy is a residential summer academy which serves rising high school seniors in urban areas (Baltimore, Boston, North Shore of MA, NYC, and Philadelphia) and seeks to close the achievement gap through a three-week transformative intervention summer SAT experience.  We are part summer camp (on Colgate University’s campus in upstate NY), part intense SAT training using the Socratic method and grounded in asking the questions that help to cultivate higher order thinking skills, and part leadership academy:  We explore issues like race, class, power, income inequality, prisons, etc through our Issues curriculum, an open-forum discussion setting where we question these issues through readings by people like James Baldwin, Junot Diaz, bell hooks, Michelle Alexander, WEB DuBois, and Sherman Alexie.  We also help our students acquire and hone the soft skills they will need in the college process/during college, as well as develop higher order/critical thinking skills through our Entrepreneurship class, which culminates in a one-day startup fair with real live entrepreneurs from London, Istanbul, Philadelphia, NYC, and more! advising the students all day until their crowning faceoff – a Shark Tank competition.   Students (all of whom are low-SES, almost all of whom are of color, most of whom are first-generation) attend on full scholarship and, besides studying for the SAT, being part of Issues and taking Entrepreneurship classes, enjoy a traditional summer camp experience (complete with Friday night campfires and making S’mores!) while becoming a part of a welcoming and introspective camp community.  One of the greatest compliments we have received came from a student who had been in foster care and had had significant trouble at home who told us that Yleana was the first place she felt safe, like people really cared about her.  We strive to create and promote that atmosphere – a loving, caring, safe place for kids who haven’t always had it easy.

In 2015, our average score improvement in a 3-week period was 250 points on the SAT (we are still waiting for the rest of the October 2016 scores to come back before we can compute our 2016 successes on the redesigned SAT!). Besides just raising our kids’ SAT scores, we also ensure that they have the one-on-one financial aid follow-up that they need in order to apply those SAT scores to the schools that would meet both their financial and academic needs.  To learn more about us, check out our promotional video (which gives the look and feel of an Yleana experience):

The program will run from June 17 – August 14, 2017 (dates are tentative, but are more likely to be shortened than lengthened), including two weeks of staff training. Staff members must be available for the full employment period to be considered (it is acceptable, when cleared in advance with the Executive Director, to take one to two consecutive days taken off for weddings and/or specific events).  Materials will be sent prior to staff week; it is expected that those materials will be read, reviewed and internalized before staff week begins (according to whatever dates are concomitant with those materials when they are sent).

All staff at Yleana live in college dormitories with their students and the camp director, teach as outlined in the specific job description, help out with games and camp events, and serve as teachers/mentors/counselors.

Teachers co-lead their own SAT classrooms, teaching Critical Reading, Writing and Math according to set Yleana strategies.  They receive extensive administrative, curricular, and staff assistance. We provide teachers strategies they are expected to teach according to daily lessons, a bevy of curricular materials, and overall institutional support (our Executive Director is an SAT expert/teacher and oversees the overall program).

Our class sizes are small – between 9-14 students (and under!), with two teacher/counselors in each room: We emphasize small group instruction, and often divide students into different teams and groups for different assignments, as well as emphasizing team-teaching. Classes are divided by ability.  Individual students will be tracked based on strengths and weaknesses and pulled out as necessary for one-on-one, as supervised by the Camp Director.

You will be expected to help maintain score/testing information and make class recommendations for students as they move through the program. Your job will also include a bevy of smaller, more specific tasks that will emerge as your particular palette of strengths and experience comes into focus. Yleana at its best is made up of people who are constantly generating new and better ways to do things, drawing on what they’ve seen, read, and experienced, who replace “I can’t do that” with “Let’s make it happen!”.

Our ideal candidates are either in college or recent graduates, preferably with significant experience teaching the SAT, or significant experience teaching, generally, and demonstrated aptitude on the SAT (we can ONLY hire dualists). Our curriculum includes games, interactive activities, practice tests, and numerous strategies; nevertheless, we prefer instructors who can teach the SAT without ample assistance, who can improvise, and generally who understand how to communicate the test to diverse groups of students – to be creative and outside the box in their approach.  Prior camp experience is preferred but not required. Familiarity with the SAT is preferred but not required. Pluses: teaching experience, creativity and passion, and interest in serving as a mentor/role model to our students.

Students with a passion for entrepreneurship who might be capable of helping lead Entrepreneurship or organizing the one-day startup competition are encouraged to apply (instructors selected to lead those programs may be eligible for additional compensation).

This position is a hybrid of fun and teaching – you function as both teachers and counselors, from an activities and a spirit-of-the-job perspective. You will also be helping out with non-academic games, may be asked to coach an academic coaching group, and asked to staff activities/events/provide coverage. You will live with the students and act as their counselor; there may be times we ask you to help out with responsibilities such as bedchecks.

We are a diverse camp and actively hiring a diverse staff.

All staff receive full room and board for the duration of the summer.

Teacher/Counselors’ salaries are determined in large part on the basis of experience, level of school completed (graduated vs. those still in college).

  • Those still in college generally earn between $2000-3500, based on previous camp experience, previous SAT experience, demonstrated SAT competence, flexibility/creativity/x-factor during the interview process, and specific additional camp-related responsibilities that this person can undertake
  • Those who have graduated college generally earn between $4000-5700, based on previous camp experience, previous SAT experience, demonstrated SAT competence, flexibility/creativity/x-factor during the interview process, and specific additional camp-related responsibilities that this person can undertake
  • There are also Directorships available – these are heavily weighted in favor of previous camp experience, previous SAT experience, and returning staff member status.  Directorships will be offered at the discretion of the Yleana Hiring Committee.

The seven weeks of camp (including training week) will take place at Colgate University in Hamilton, NY and Daemen College in Amherst, NY.  Room and full board will be provided.

Priority will be given to those applicants who can do the follow-up program:

The follow-up program allows our kids to keep in the groove of Yleana strategies leading up to the August 26, 2017 test.  Run like a day of camp, it takes place in each of the cities on a college campus in that city (Boston, Baltimore, NYC, Philadelphia, Lynn/Salem/Peabody).  You would be asked to be in whichever city is closest to you – either school or home (or both, if that’s what works for us and for you!)  You would be separately compensated; pay is $28.50/hour.

Scheduled Dates: 9am-5pm on Aug 17, 19, 22, and 24, 2017.

Apply here!






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