Careers & Internships

Thank you for your interest in joining the Inter-American Dialogue’s growing team! Job opportunities are posted as they become available. Full and part-time internship opportunities are available year-round to undergraduate and graduate students interested in the dynamics of inter-American relations.


There are no current openings, please check back soon.


The Dialogue is committed to the professional development of young leaders from around the world. Our internship program has provided students and recent graduates with the training and experience they need to kick-start their careers in the public and private sectors. Past interns have gone on to pursue jobs with a wide variety of international organizations, government bodies, think tanks, consulting firms, and private corporations. Interns have expansive duties and play a vital role in the organization’s daily function. In turn, they receive unique exposure to the Washington policy community and unprecedented access to influential leaders from across the Americas.

DEADLINE:  We are accepting applications for the Spring 2020 session. The deadline to apply is Friday, November 15

For questions, please e-mail 

Interns should:

  • Be enrolled in a college or university as a graduate or undergraduate student or have graduated no more than six months prior to the start of the internship
  • Demonstrate interest in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Have strong writing and research abilities
  • Be proficient in English and Spanish and/or Portuguese
  • Be available for a minimum of ten 35-hour weeks during the summer or twelve 18-hour weeks during the fall or spring
  • Be authorized to accept an internship from any US employer

Applicants should send one e-mail with the application materials. You are encouraged to apply to more than one program.

Please rank your order of preferences in the body of your e-mail and in your cover letter. Although the Dialogue does review each resume, the volume of applications we receive makes it impossible for us to communicate directly with all applicants. Internships are unpaid.

Internship opportunities

The Dialogue is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status. Internships are educational opportunities meant to benefit the intern. Interns work under staff supervision and offers for internships are not guarantees or suggestions of employment after an internship term is over.

Former Intern Testimonials

Hannah Kesig, Education Program (Fall 2017):

“At the Dialogue, I got a very hands-on experience. Whether it was through important research or attending staff meetings, I always felt like I was a part of the team. I got to work closely with a junior staff member, and through that, I was able to receive constructive feedback on my writing, as well as helpful tips for research. I learned so much more at the Dialogue than I have in any classroom throughout my undergraduate studies. The best part about the Dialogue is the people, though! The Dialogue is so well connected in DC and Latin America, and all the junior staff members and senior fellows are extremely intelligent, down to earth, and passionate about what they are doing. I loved getting to learn from them and gaining professional experience that will serve me for years to come.”

Andrea Clark, Rule of Law Program (Summer 2017):

“As a graduate student intern, I was challenged with more than just administrative work. I balanced daily tasks (press clippings, updating databases, and note-taking), with more long-term research projects in topics that excited me. I constantly received feedback in my writing and research skills, and I was surprised with the trust they placed in my work. But the best part of the Dialogue is its people. Dialogue members are former presidents, senators, and business leaders in Latin America. The junior staff is always encouraging you to take advantage of the DC experience. And the senior fellows are available to mentor you professionally. Even the President Michael Shifter asks about your opinion on the news for the day! You don’t get the balance of an intellectually stimulating environment with approachable people at any other think tank.”

Sean Karst, Energy, Climate Change and Extractive Industries Program (Summer 2015):

“My internship with the Energy, Climate Change and Extractive Industries Program allowed me to grow my understanding of regional energy dynamics, hone my writing skills, and make important connections with professionals in the energy policy and research space. Over the course of my internship I was able to work directly with senior staff members and conduct research and analysis that culminated in a report focused on natural gas markets in Latin America. Interning at the Dialogue was a tremendously rewarding experience that set me up for my first full-time position after finishing my post-graduate program.”