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Apr 10 / BARD CEP

Latin American Rights & Security Research Fellow, Center for International Policy

Organization: Center for International Policy

Position Title: Latin American Rights & Security Research Fellow

Location: Flexible

Dates and compensation: Unpaid;

Fall Term (August – December): July 28
Spring Term (January – May): November 17
Summer Term (May – August): March 16

Application Deadline: Rolling

Description: The LARS research fellow supports CIP’s Americas Project, the TransBorder Project, and general Latin America security work. The fellow will assist with general research on a variety of topics ranging from border security issues, to federal imprisonment of immigrants, to cross-border environmental issues, to researching and helping to prepare policy briefs on a variety of subjects, including the drug war strategy in Mexico.

An exceptional candidate would possess strong research skills, excellent writing and analytical skills, be self-motivated and an independent worker, and preferably be a Masters’ student or have equivalent knowledge and experience in the region/themes. A qualified candidate would also be fluent in Spanish and able to translate documents. Additional research projects will depend on a candidate’s interests and research ability. This is a flexible position and can be anywhere from 30 to 40 hours a week; location is also flexible. As with our internships, our fellowship position is unpaid.


Respond to short-term and time-sensitive research requests from project directors

Undertake longer-term research projects

Assist with the LARS social media presence

Translation as needed

Research for blog posts, fact sheets, memos as needed

General project/administrative support


Ability to translate Spanish ↔ English

Knowledge of Mexico, Central America

Knowledge of security issues in the region, border issues, drug policy

Ability to work independently and take initiative

Experienced with high-level internet research

Ability to adapt to new computers/technologies

Knowledge of blogging, social media platforms, Mac computers

How to Apply: Please submit the following:

A cover letter (please include your availability)

Your resume

A copy of your transcript (can be unofficial)

A list of 2-3 references (please include their name, relationship to you, and contact information)

Most weight will be placed on the cover letter. Please email your application materials to Faith Koleszar at For easy identification, please use the following format for the subject of your email: “Your Last Name_LARS Intern” for example, “Koleszar_LARS Intern.”

When attaching your files, please include your last name in all file names as well. For example “Koleszar_Cover Letter.docx” or “Koleszar_LARS”

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