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Institute of Latin American Studies – ILAS Weekly Digest: April 23rd, 2018

 Jobs, Internships, Volunteer Opportunities

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Vanderbilt University – Political Science Department

Statistician II – Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP) – (1800583)


About the Position: Vanderbilt University’s Political Science Department has an exciting opportunity for a Statistician II to join the Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP). As a Statistician II you will independently and in collaboration with teams, apply technical skills in survey design, fieldwork oversight, and data analysis to develop, complete, and disseminate research on public opinion.

About the Department: LAPOP is the premier academic institution carrying out surveys of public opinion in the Americas, with over thirty years of experience. As a center for excellence in survey research, LAPOP uses “gold standard” approaches and innovative methods to carry out targeted national surveys; conduct impact evaluation studies; and produce reports on individual attitudes, evaluations, and experiences. The AmericasBarometer survey is the only scientifically rigorous comparative survey that covers 34 nations including all of North, Central, and South America, as well as a significant number of countries in the Caribbean. Each year it publishes dozens of high quality academic studies and policy-relevant papers. To learn more about LAPOP:

About Vanderbilt University: Vanderbilt is a renowned private institution founded in 1873 located a little more than a mile from downtown Nashville, TN. The university’s students, faculty, staff and visitors frequently cite Nashville as one of the perks of Vanderbilt. VU is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something that is bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday.

Key Functions and Expected Performances

  • Collaborate as a member of a research group on the design of research projects.
  • Assist in planning a complex schedule of research activities covering up to 35 countries and involving multiple sites and teams
  • Apply expertise in questionnaire design for surveys and, on occasion, focus groups.
  • Provide input into the development of complex, stratified sample designs.
  • Develop plans for fieldwork, project schedules, quality control, management of data, and dataset processing.
  • Train interview teams in best practices in survey implementation and in the use of hardware and software required for fieldwork (requires occasional travel abroad).
  • Assist in the process of identifying third parties (e.g., survey firms) for data collection and in the development of contracts.
  • Program questionnaires and samples into specialized software for survey data collection, and supervise research assistants as they audit the programs.
  • Collaborate as a member of a research team on the implementation of research projects.
    • Oversee research projects to ensure that they stay on schedule, assist in identifying solutions to problems when they emerge to ensure projects stay on schedule and that quality is maintained, and supervise research assistants.
    • Use specialized software to oversee fieldwork and data auditing processes.
  • Assist in the development and dissemination of research output.
    • Apply knowledge of statistics and specialized software to analyze and interpret survey data and draft and review project reports written for various audiences (sponsoring agencies, the media, academics, the public).
    • Help coordinate dissemination of research via presentations by team members at various events; occasionally participate in the delivery of oral presentations on project findings. Travel domestically and/or abroad as needed for such events.
    • Communicate in a timely, efficient, and professional manner with teams of country experts, research affiliates, contracted firms, sponsoring agencies, and other project collaborators across numerous countries.
    • On occasion develop and conduct workshops or training sessions in order to increase capacity for survey research among students, project partners, the media, or others.


  • M.A. in political science, economics, or a related field of study, or the equivalent in experience
  • Specialized training or on the job experience in social science, survey, or other related field of research
  • Proven ability to work independently and in teams on research projects
  • Skills in programming and statistical analysis
  • Excellent communication skills – both written and verbal
  • Ability to problem-solve and manage multiple complex tasks simultaneously and effectively
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish

Benefits: In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, VU offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses and dependent children. Also, after five years of service, Vanderbilt will pay up to 55% of the tuition for up to three dependent children to earn a bachelor’s degree. Learn more about Vanderbilt’s benefits at VU Benefits Overview

Yleana Leadership Academy  

The Yleana Leadership Academy is interested in recruiting both grads and undergrads for a transformative SAT summer camp which is part SAT boot camp, part higher order thinking skills development, part leadership academy, part on-campus college experience, and part traditional summer camp. We are looking for people who would be willing to work hard and have an amazing time creating a summer camp experience for kids. It’s a ton of work but a LOT of fun!

We’re hiring for four different positions within our organization this summer; click the title below for more information about that internship.

2018 Employment Dates: June 16 – August 13, 2018

Interested in applying?

  •         Fill out our form here:
  •         Please be prepared to take a diagnostic test, composed of pieces of the SAT, as part of the hiring processPriority Application Deadline: May 1, 2018

American Association 

Position: Full-Time/Part Time Student Practicum in International Business

Location: New York City

Organizations: Colombian, Ecuadorean, Peruvian and Venezuelan American Associations and U.S.-Paraguay Chamber of Commerce


A student practicum with the Associations & Chamber offers experience in an international business setting focusing on economic, political, and cultural relations between the United States and these nations. Students will attend programs featuring prominent guest speakers. These events give them the opportunity to gain further insight into current South American affairs from the perspective of heads of state, government ministers and other important figures, as well as to make valuable contacts in the business world.

History & Objectives:

Founded in the 1920’s and 1930’s, the Colombian, Ecuadorean, Peruvian and Venezuelan American Associations are the oldest bi-national Andean business organizations in the United States. The staff of these organizations recently incorporated the new U.S.-Paraguay Chamber of Commerce. All are not-for-profit NGO’s dedicated to stimulating investment, commerce, and cultural exchange. The Associations & Chamber achieve these goals by hosting conferences and receptions with top executives, financiers, government officials and professionals in attendance. Speakers have included heads of state, cabinet ministers, ambassadors, private sector leaders, and other experts on economic, financial, political, and cultural matters.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Assist in planning, preparation, and execution of Association & Chamber programs and events.

Make and maintain contacts with key persons in the offices of high-level speakers

Help maintain and expand membership

Manage database, add new contacts

Participate in the development of promotional materials and websites

Research news and other information and post them on social media

Aid in daily administrative and financial tasks

Provide ideas for programs and suggestions to improve the organizations’ functioning

Qualifications & Skills:

Knowledge and interest in Latin American affairs

Proficiency in both English and Spanish

Knowledge of MS Office programs and social media

Experience with computer technology helpful

The position is available to undergraduates or graduates. The length and start date of the practicum canbe negotiated according to the availability of the student. Please note that this training is unpaid, but public transportation within New York City will be covered.


Application Submission:

Please email resumé and a brief cover letter to: Linda Calvet


Summer Strategic Planning Intern

Position Description

The Tinker Foundation is a private foundation whose mission is to promote the development of an equitable, sustainable and productive society in Latin America and to enhance understanding in the U.S. of Latin America and how U.S. policies may impact the region. The Foundation was established in 1959 and has granted nearly $107 million to organizations throughout the Americas. It has also endowed Tinker Visiting Professorships at five major universities in the United States and supported thousands of scholars to travel to Latin America for field research. Tinker’s program areas include education, sustainable resource management, and democratic governance.

This summer, the Foundation seeks a graduate or undergraduate intern to work closely with Tinker’s president to support her leadership agenda and grant-making portfolio. The internship is a 10-week part time position (10-20 hours per week depending on the intern’s availability). This is a paid position, with compensation of $15/hour and provision of a transit card during the term of the internship, if applicable. The selected intern can expect to receive substantive  assignments and regular feedback on their work.


  • Conduct research and analysis on topics of relevance to the Foundation and its strategy including: regional trends and events, trends and best practices in philanthropy, and impact opportunities within program areas.
  • Prepare research briefs for the President and other staff
  • Provide support for grant-making, aprticularly in the area of democratic governance (e.g., conducting research on potential grantees)
  • Identify key events and influence opportunities for Tinker, and support President with preparation and follow-up
  • Provide targeted analytical and logistical support for the Foundation’s strategic planning process
  • Depending on interest and capability, support the Foundation’s digital presence and story-telling


  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • Demonstrated interest in Latin America and/or international development work
  • Spanish and/or Portuguese language skills strongly preferred
  • Eligible to work in the U.S. or eligible F-1 or J-1 status
  • Professionalism and personal integrity
  • No prior experience with philanthropy necessary
  • Ability to commit to a defined work schedule and carry out work at the Tinker offices

To Apply:

  • To be considered for this position, please submit to with “Summer Strategic Planning Intern” in the subject line
    • A one-page cover-letter that summarizes your interest in and fit with this position
    • A resume or curriculum vitae
    • A 5-10 page original writing sample that demonstrates your research and written communications skills (for example, an excerpt from a longer academic paper)



Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy is recruiting for a Legal Assistant position in its São Paulo office.

Milbank is a preeminent global law firm with headquarters in New York and over 700 lawyers worldwide. It has a renowned practice in Latin America dating back to the 1920s and its São Paulo office, opened in 2010, is the cornerstone of that practice. The Milbank São Paulo office is completely integrated with the global Milbank network, which includes offices in Washington D.C., Los Angeles, London, Munich, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Seoul, Singapore and Beijing.

The São Paulo office is seeking candidates for a Legal Assistant position. Ideal candidates are members of the class of 2018 or recent university graduates who are fluent or highly proficient in Portuguese, interested in law or business, available to start by July 2018 or earlier, and able to make a one-year commitment. Candidate referrals may be made by email to


Executive Director, Princeton in Latin America (PiLA): Job Description

Princeton in Latin America (PiLA), now in its sixteenth year of service, matches non- profit organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean with recent college graduates to serve as Fellows, improving the quality of life and enhancing socioeconomic opportunities in the region. Through this partnership, organizations benefit greatly from the talents, knowledge and ingenuity that our Fellows bring to each position. In turn, Fellows hone leadership and professional skills with the hope that they come to constitute a globalized citizenship dedicated to a participatory and inclusive civil society.

PiLA is a 501(c)(3) organization with offices on the Princeton University campus. It has an operating budget of $340,000. For detailed information, see:

POSITION: The Executive Director reports to the PiLA Board of Directors and is accountable for all aspects of PiLA’s operations. The most critical aspects of the Executive Director’s role are the health and safety of our Fellows, donor relations and fundraising, management of PiLA staff, financial oversight, Board reporting and relationships, and building and maintaining relationships with our partner organizations and Princeton University.

PURPOSE: We are seeking a dynamic leader with strong initiative, capable of leading PiLA as we continue to strengthen our fellowship program and plan for strategic growth. The Executive Director will be the public face of PiLA in interacting with Fellows, families, partner organizations, donors, Princeton University, and others. The successful candidate will be a skillful manager and fundraiser, with a strong commitment to the health and safety of our Fellows. This person will also be an eloquent advocate, orally as well as in written materials, for PiLA’s mission to develop an internationalized leadership and citizenry dedicated to the socioeconomic advancement of Latin America and the Caribbean.

TO APPLY: Please email a résumé, cover letter, writing sample in English (2-3 pages), and a list of three references with contact information. All materials should be in PDF format, sequentially ordered in one document as indicated above, entitled: LASTNAME.firstname_2018pila and sent to: Position open until filled, with applications reviewed on a rolling basis. Please consider applying early.


Latinas On the Verge of Excellence – L.O.V.E. Mentoring Program 

The L.O.V.E. Mentoring Program works in partnership with organizations, universities and public schools, whose mission is to enhance the well–being of young girls and Hispanic communities in New York. The L.O.V.E. Mentoring Program recruits volunteer female university students to support, guide, and be a role model to young Latinas during their high school years. Through a series of structured mentoring and group activities that concentrate on personal empowerment, developing study skills, and college access, the L.O.V.E. Mentoring Program aims to provide a space in which young Latinas can learn how to strive personally and academically through positive reinforcement, consistency and understanding.

If you are interested or know a female university student who would like to make a difference in the life of a young girl, the link to the application can be found here:






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