Summer Government & Public Policy Immersion Opportunity in Brazil

The Department of Government at Harvard University and the Brazil Studies Program & Office of Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies are partnering to offer an enriching internship experience in Brazil during summer 2020. Two highly qualified Government concentrators will receive financial and logistical support to take up one of the specified internship opportunities below. The internship carries a $4,500 stipend.

ELIGIBILITY: Harvard College Government concentrators in good academic standing. Must be a returning student. 

FUNDING AVAILABLE: Full funding ($4,500) available for 2 students.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sunday, February 2, 2020 @ 11:59pm EST

INTERVIEWS: There will be two interviews during the selection process. (1) The first interviews will last approximately 10-20 minutes, and may be partially conducted in Portuguese. (2) Finalists will also be interviewed via skype by the host organization.

DURATION OF PROGRAM: 8 weeks, from June 6/7th to August 1st, 2020.

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* 1. First Name

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* 2. Last Name

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* 3. Harvard ID #

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* 4. Class or Expected Year of Graduation

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* 5. Please select your level of interest in the following types of 2019 summer experiences in Brazil.

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* 6. Contact Information

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* 7. Language skills (in addition to English)

  None Basic Intermediate Advanced Fluent Native

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* 8. Country or countries from which you have a valid passport. Note: Brazil requires a travel visa for many nationalities. Students of all nationalities are encouraged to apply.

Please read the descriptions carefully and consider whether any of the seven options might be a match for your interests and abilities.

1) Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada (Institute for Applied Economic Research) - Ipea
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Portuguese Level: No Portuguese Necessary

The Institute for Applied Economic Research (Ipea) is a public research institution that provides technical support to the federal government with regard to public policies: fiscal, social and economic. The division offering the position is responsible for studying Science, technology and innovation as well as several public policies on this matter. 

Location: São Paulo, Brazil
Portuguese Level: No Portuguese necessary

The Center of Politics and Economics of the Public Sector, CEPESP, was created in 2006. As an interdisciplinary center, CEPESP is the first center to gather professors, students, and researchers from both the Business and the Economics Schools at FGV. The main objective of CEPESP, as well as of FGV as a whole, is to contribute the development of Brazil by the knowledge generated by its researches. The main research question is the role performed by politics and economics on public policies. In other words, the researches aim at appraising the influence exerted by institutions (in an wide sense) on public policies’ decision-making. More specifically, the work carried out by CEPESP is structured along three main research lines: Political Institutions, Public Finance and Regional and Urban Economics.

(3) Inova Lab - MPRJ
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Portuguese Level: No Portuguese necessary

Inova_MPRJ is the government innovation lab of the Rio de Janeiro's Public Prosecutors Office. Our purpose is to explore daring ideas and experiment with new practices to build an organization ahead of its time. To address sustainable public solutions, we work mixing different and complementary tools, such as data science, design thinking, storytelling and evidence-based public policies.
(4) Centro de Liderança Pública (Center for Public Leadership) – CLP
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
Portuguese Level: Intermediate Portuguese preferred

CLP is a nonprofit dedicated to the improvement of public leadership and advocacy for strategic issues in Brazil. By preparing and empowering public leaders to promote change of behavior and to implement effective and ethical public policies, CLP aims to contribute to the strengthening of democratic institutions and the demise of populism in Brazil. We want to build the next generation of transformational leaders in Brazil by supporting the efforts of the Centro de Liderança Publica, a Brazilian social organization that has trained over 5,000 public leaders in the past eight years.

· Transformation Management Department:
CLP’s Transformation Management department is the consultancy branch of the organization. The team is responsible for implementing projects alongside other consultancy firms to foster leadership and management capabilities for betterment of Brazil’s public policies and institutions.

· Education Department:
CLP´s Education department focuses in offering education programs (master’s, executive education, customized programs, and online education) that seek to foster leadership and management capabilities for the betterment of Brazil’s public policies and institutions.

· Mobilization Department:
The Mobilization area aims to help leaders who work in the public sphere to prioritize and address important issues in the country, and to develop independent research around strategic themes to influence public policy. The area works with innovative strategies to engage public leaders effectively and to advocate for the improvement of Competitiveness, Education, Innovation, Infrastructure and Public Security in Brazil.
(5) Instituto Igarapé
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Portuguese Level: Basic Portuguese preferred

The Igarapé Institute is an independent think and do tank 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.
(6) Folha de S. Paulo
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
Portuguese Level: Basic Portuguese preferred

Founded in 1921, Folha has been, since the 80's, the best-selling newspaper in the country among national dailies of general interest. The growth was based on the editorial principles of the Folha Project: pluralism, non-partisanship, critical journalism and independence. Organized in daily thematic sections and supplements, it has national circulation. It was the first communications vehicle in Brazil to adopt the role of ombudsman and to offer online content to its readers.
Folha de São Paulo is very interested in hosting an intern who believes in data journalism´s capacity to have a positive and profound impact on society. We are looking for a talented student capable of managing large databases and interested in working on a project in any of the fields covered by our newspaper (such as politics, economics, international affairs, sports, education, health etc).
(7) Repú
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Portuguese Level: Basic Portuguese preferred

Repú is a non-profit, nonpartisan, and non-corporate association that relies on data and analysis to invest in qualification, recognition, and network-building for excellent people working within the Brazilian public sector. Our goal is to build capacity and increase the effectiveness of public services in Brazil.

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* 9. HOST ORGANIZATION: Rank the organizations that best fit your interests and abilities.

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* 10. PERSONAL STATEMENT/PROJECT PROPOSAL (Required): Please cut/paste your personal statement and/or project proposal of approximately 500 words below. The statement should make clear your interests in and suitability for an internship, research, or language immersion experience in Brazil. It should also elaborate on what impact your experience is likely to have on subsequent studies, research, and/or professional pursuits.

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* 11. REFERENCE: Please provide the name and e-mail address of a reference who the selection committee can contact, if/as appropriate. This could be a Harvard faculty member, TF, proctor, advisor, etc.

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