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WOLA Summer 2018 Internship Applications

Deadline: March 9, 2018



WOLA’s Sally Yudelman Internship Program seeks to give interns hands-on experience and broad exposure to human rights advocacy and the foreign policy-making process. WOLA selects seven undergraduate interns per semester, and each intern is assigned to a different program area—communications, fundraising, or one of many policy programs.
Every semester WOLA’s new interns are paired with staff mentors and integrated into the work of the organization. They collaborate on a mix of research, analytical, and administrative work, and they are encouraged to get involved in the day-to-day activities of their teams. Interns also participate in the behind-the-scenes work of running a non-profit organization, including helping with technology, media, finance, and event planning.

For a look at former interns’ contributions to WOLA, check out WOLA's Intern Twitter and Intern Blog


Fall 2016 interns with Diego Luna, WOLA Board Member, at the 2016 WOLA Human Rights Awards Ceremony and Benefit Gala



Interested applicants should have a demonstrated interest in human rights, democracy, and social justice in Latin America; initiative and flexibility; the ability to work in a fast-paced environment; good organizational skills; follow-through; and attention to detail. Motivated, self-starting interns excel at WOLA. A minimum of intermediate-advanced Spanish proficiency is required. Technical skills are highly desired.

Interns are required to work 24-40 hours per week during the spring. WOLA is willing to work with students to arrange for university credit.

If you are selected for an internship, you will receive a $1,000 stipend from WOLA towards the end of your internship. A travel allowance is also provided. Internship stipends are not considered salary; they are awarded to help defray living expenses for an intern during their internship. Interns receive a financial summary at the end of each calendar year and are responsible for meeting their own state and federal tax obligations.

Latin American and students from underrepresented backgrounds are encouraged to apply. In general, the internship program is not open to students who have passed beyond their undergraduate studies due to its significant administrative component. WOLA does not sponsor visas for students outside of the United States.


In order to be considered for an internship, WOLA needs the following materials:

  1. Resume.
  2. Cover letter in which you state:
    1. Your specific dates of availability.
    2. Your willingness to work at least 24 hours per week.
    3. Your internship preference (communications, fundraising, or foreign policy, read more about each internship type here).
    4. Why you want to intern at WOLA, an idea of your specific interests regarding Latin America, and your Spanish language abilities.
  3. The names of two references with email addresses and daytime phone numbers. Contact information is preferred over written letters of recommendation.
  4. Writing sample (no more than 2 pages) in English on a topic of your choice.

All WOLA internships take place in Washington, DC.
Please submit all application materials via email to Crystal Yuille at internapp@wola.org.


This is a reminder that there is still time to apply for Fall internships.

The Latin American News Digest is seeking qualified students for a limited number of internships for Fall 2018. Because the goal of the Digest is essentially a didactic one, to spread the word about news from Latin America, we feel strongly about providing the opportunity for students to participate in this process. Student writers and researchers contribute to our weekly issues by aggregating and writing summaries of news articles found in Latin American sources. Ideally, internships happen in tandem with an independent study led by a faculty member of the appropriate department, but this is not a requirement. The result is an enriching experience for students who discover a variety of perspectives within the Latin American media. Students are able to identify trends and anomalies in the region, giving them a much greater breadth of knowledge and understanding of the hemisphere in which they live.
Intern responsibilities:
Interns must be able to write brief aggregations in English that summarize multiple perspectives from newspapers written in Spanish, and sometimes in Portuguese or English. Typically, interns write 1000-1200 words per week (3-4 section articles or News in Brief items). Interns generally work approximately five-six hours per week with most of that work falling on Wednesdays and Thursdays since submissions are due on Fridays. This internship does not require onsite work. Interns work remotely, but need to be readily available via email, cell and skype.
Fall 2018 internships begin on September 2 and end on January 5, 2019. Interns are expected to be available during that time; however, consideration will be given to “breaks” in the schedule if they are arranged with sufficient prior notice.
Intern qualifications:
Interns must possess excellent writing skills in English and advanced reading skills in SpanishAbility to read Portuguese is a plus.  Familiarity with Latin American civilization and culture, as well as general current events is highly recommended.  The ability to meet deadlines is essential. 
Application process:
Interns should submit a letter of interest as an example of their writing skills to Dr. Jana M. DeJong (
jdejong@hsc.edu). The letter should outline the intern’s experience (coursework, travel, etc.) as it pertains to language skills and knowledge of Latin America. The names and contact information for two references must be included.  One of the references must address the applicant’s ability to write in English, while the other should address the applicant’s reading ability in Spanish and/or Portuguese.  One of the references should also speak to the applicant’s familiarity with Latin America. The letter of interest and contact information for two references must be submitted by August 24, 2018, (or thereabouts). 

If you have any questions, please contact wjohngreen@latinamericannewsdigest.com

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SIP FilmFest 2018:

Contemporary Women’s Visions from Spain, Italy, and Latin America.

9/27 - 9/30

Women directors have often been neglected by mainstream audiences and by canonical academic syllabi. At a time of renewed uncertainty for women's rights, we would like to continue giving voice to female filmmakers, protagonists and minor characters who question the status quo with their gaze, their stories, and their behaviors, and have gone beyond traditional portrayals of women. Our selection of movies for this year’s Festival encompasses a variety of countries and latitudes, bringing a cross-cultural and global point of view of women’s experiences to the forefront.


Thursday, 9/27

5 p.m. La novia del desierto / The Desert Bride (Cecilia Atán and Valeria Pivato, Argentina/Chile, 2017). Newcomb Hall Theater, University of Virginia.

  • 5–6 p.m. Reception
  • 6:15 p.m. Opening Remarks
  • 6:20–6:30 p.m. Introduction to the film by Dr. Rocío Gordon and Dr. Fernando Operé
  • 6:30–8:30 p.m. Film and discussion with Dr. Rocío Gordon and Dr. Fernando Operé

54-year old Teresa has worked for decades as a live-in maid with a family in Buenos Aires. When the family sells the house, she is forced to take a job in San Juan, in the semi-desert region of El Chaco. During her first stop at the pilgrimage site of the miraculous “Santa Correa”, she loses her bag with all her belongings. This unexpected incident stalls Teresa’s life long enough to make her reappraise her existence, and the ways in which she could take ownership of it.


Friday, 9/28

3:30 p.m. “Representations of the Slum in Argentine Cinema.” A talk by Dr. Rocío Gordon (Christopher Newport University). Location TBA

8 p.m. Era d’estate /Once in the summer (Fiorella Infascelli, Italy, 2016), Charlottesville City Hall Council Chambers.

  • 8–8:10 p.m. Introduction to the film by
  • 8:10–10:30 p.m. Film and discussion with Dr. Sarah Annunziato

In summer of 1985, two anti-Mafia judges along with their families are transferred to a safe house in a small island north of Sardinia. Sparkling seas and a gorgeous landscape fit for a relaxing holiday are in sharp contrast with the constant threats to their lives from the Mafia and sabotage of their mission from within the Italian government. Based on actual events, this a story of friendship grounded in a mutual commitment to truth and justice.


Saturday, 9/29

2 p.m. Los Adioses / The Eternal Feminine (Natalia Berinstain, Mexico, 2017). Nau Hall 101.

  • 2–2:10 p.m. Introduction to the film by TBA
  • 2:10–4:30 p.m. Film and discussion with TBA

The film traces an important turning point in the life of Rosario Castellanos, one of the most important feminist authors in Mexican literature. In the early 1950s in Mexico City, Castellanos is fighting to have her voice heard in a society run by men. She is also involved in a tumultuous marriage that brings out her fragility and contradictions. At the peak of her career and her marriage, her struggles ignite a discussion of gender roles that will mark a turning point in her life.


8p.m. El Olivo / The Olive Tree (Iciar Bollaín, Spain, 2016). Charlottesville City Hall Council Chambers.

  • 8:00 – 8:10 p.m.  Introduction to the film by Dr. Sam Amago
  • 8:10 – 10:30 p.m.  Film & discussion with Dr. Sam Amago

20-year old Alma works on a chicken farm, in Castellón, on the east coast of Spain. She has a profound connection with her dearly beloved grandfather even though he stopped talking years ago. When he begins to refuse to eat, Alma becomes obsessed with an idea: the only way to save her grandfather is to recover the millennial olive tree that the family uprooted and sold against his will 12 years earlier.


Sunday, 9/30

2 p.m. Como nossos pais /Just Like Our Parents (Laís Bodanzky, Brazil, 2017). Nau Hall 101.

  • 2–2:10 p.m. Introduction to the film by Dr. Lilian Feitosa
  • 2:10–4:30 p.m. Film and discussion with Dr. Lilian Feitosa

Rosa decides to break out of her usual obligations when her mother makes a surprising disclosure. Her new direction reveals that life still holds many surprises. This is a story about a woman who confronts the self-imposed and impossible expectations on herself as daughter, mother, wife, and breadwinner.


This event has been made possible thanks to the generous support of the UVA Arts Fund for Artistic Excellence, the Latin American Studies Program, the Department of Women, Gender & Sexuality, the Institute of World Languages, and the Department of Spanish, Italian & Portuguese.


UVA Global Internships/Education Abroad and Global Studies are excited to be welcoming applications for two virtual academic internship programs in SUMMER 2021.

This is your chance to make meaningful global connections and develop as a professional this summer!


Applications due: APRIL 1st.

Diverse positions are available with 15+ organizations located in Africa, Europe, Asia, and South America.


Engage with global themes through your work, such as: human rights, public health, women’s empowerment, leadership, commerce, development, disability, indigenous communities, and many others

EXPLORE: full details about internship partner organizations, positions, course details, scholarships, and application requirements by visiting the following program brochures in the Education Abroad online portal:


WATCH: this 3-minute video about the two programs

READ: about past virtual global interns’ experiences in this UVA Today article, “Students Learn Unexpected Skills Through Virtual Internship program”


CONTACT: Ingrid Hakala, the director of UVA Global Internships, for more information and to introduce yourself