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 positions open at this time.


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. Read our intern testimonials here. 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 Fall 2020 session. The deadline to apply is Friday, July 17.

Pending Covid-19 updates, the Dialogue’s internship program will continue as scheduled for the fall, either in person, remote, or a combination of the two.

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 to 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

Isabel Bernhard, Asia & Latin America Program (Summer 2019):

“In my experience, the Dialogue is an environment that balances interns’ independence with a sense of mentorship and community. As an undergrad, my time there helped me apply knowledge from coursework, learn about policy creation and evaluation, and become more informed about postgraduate opportunities in Latin American Studies. Within my program, I enjoyed the independence to decide how to approach research assignments, to identify and analyze additional topics of personal interest, and to attend and take notes at related policy discussions around DC. At the same time, the Dialogue’s emphasis on mentorship and community meant this individual work felt far from isolating. Both senior and junior staff members in my program were extremely approachable, deeply cared about my experience, and always made sure to explain how the projects I was undertaking fit into the larger scope of the program’s goals. The Dialogue also organized and suggested activities for our intern cohort to spend time together outside of the office. This fostered a sense of cohesion that, combined with the above education, made this internship incredibly rewarding.” 

Sergio Cabrales, Education Program (Summer 2019):

“Mi experiencia de pasantía de verano en el Diálogo Interamericano fue completa e integral. Tuve oportunidad de desarrollar mis habilidades de investigación cuantitativa y cualitativa, sobre todo en temas de educación; participé y colaboré en eventos relevantes relacionados a la coyuntura en Latinoamérica; compartí con un equipo muy cercano, amigable e inteligente; visité y aprendí de otras organizaciones e instituciones importantes en la ciudad, desarrollé mis redes y contactos; y crecí humana y profesionalmente. El Diálogo Interamericano, sin lugar a dudas, es un excelente espacio para un joven que desee conectarse a Latinoamérica a través de ‘su puerta’ en Washington, DC.”

Ethan Knect, Office of the President Program (Summer 2019):

“Working at the Dialogue, I constantly felt like a valued member of a team and that my work substantively contributed to the overall mission of the institution. I learned and gained experience with practical skills like creating a Twitter strategy and updating the website using WordPress. But I also learned more about the region’s politics, economics, and culture by editing and writing memos, reports, and presentations. The staff at the Dialogue consistently provided positive and helpful feedback, and they also encouraged professional development by hosting brownbag lunches with Dialogue members like Congressman Jim Kolbe and the Asia & Latin America Program’s Margaret Myers. I cannot recommend an internship with the Dialogue enough for anyone looking to work on Latin American issues.”