Igarapé Institute (Co-sponsored with the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies)

Please Note: This internship is co-sponsored. This means that the funding for this internship is provided by two institutions at Harvard. The Primary Affiliation is with DRCLAS, and the Secondary Affiliation is with the IOP. The primary institute will be the point of contact during the application and internship onboarding process, and applications for this placement will be processed by DRCLAS.

Please note DRCLAS's application instructions to ensure you meet all the requirements. The intern selected for this internship will have the benefits and obligations of an intern in both of programs.

Please Note: This internship is co-sponsored with DRCLAS, and therefore you must apply here. The IOP has a strict two-application limit for the Director's Internship program, which includes internships that are co-sponsored with DRCLAS.

The Igarapé Institute is an independent think and do tank based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil devoted to evidence-based policy and action on complex security, justice and development challenges in Brazil, Latin America, and Africa. The Institute’s goal is to stimulate debate, foster connections and trigger action. Based in the South, the Igarapé Institute undertakes diagnostics, generates awareness, and co-designs solutions with public and private partners, often with the use of new technologies. Key areas of focus include (i) drug policy, (ii) citizen security, (iii) building peace, (iv) safer cities and (v) cyber security.

Keywords: Think and do tank; Citizen Security; Safer Cities; Smart Cities; Justice; Women; Peace; Drug Policy; Innovation; Cybersecurity; Data Analisys; Machine Learning

Portuguese Level: Basic or Intermediary Portuguese preferred

Location: Rio de Janeiro - Southeastern Brazil


2019 Intern Reflection:

My internship at the Igarapé Institute has been very educational and rewarding. I have had the opportunity to put my previous knowledge on statistics and humanities into practice while also delving into new areas I had not tried before, like management and business models. I love that I was given many choices of exciting and interesting projects to work with, and I got to talk to the incredible people behind each of them. Even after choosing one project, I am still able to learn about the other areas the Institute is working on, since it is still relatively small and you get to meet pretty much everyone in the office.

I am currently working with the Safer Cities area, on the branch of Migration flows, helping with the development of a mobile app that works offline and provides vital information for vulnerable groups like immigrants and refugees from Venezuela. We are a small team, yet working alongside my three wonderful coworkers on such an ambitious project has made it all the more rewarding. I would definitely recommend this internship for any inexperienced Government concentrator seeking a welcoming, collaborative working environment.

Ana Suazo '20

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil