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About Washington Office on Latin America

The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) is a research and advocacy group that promotes social and economic justice in Latin America and the Caribbean. WOLA furthers dialogue between governmental and nongovernmental bodies, monitors the impact of policies and programs of governments and international organizations, and promotes alternatives through reporting, education and advocacy.

Interns learn about the foreign policy process and current issues in Latin America by attending meetings with policy-making associates, Congressional hearings and brown bag lunches with guest speakers. Interns are assigned to work with a staff member on a specific project in order to advance mentoring relationships. Past intern projects have included writing a background brief on land reform in Nicaragua and documenting human rights abuses by the Mexican military.


Open to undergraduate students with a proven interest in human rights, democracy and social justice in Latin America. Students must be willing to work 24 hours each week during the year, or 32 hours each week for a summer internship.

Washington Office on Latin America

Colin Smith
Washington Office on Latin America
1666 Connecticut Avenue NW, 4th Floor
Washington, DC 20009
Phone: (202) 797-2171


Number of Interns: 21 to 50
Compensation/Benefits: Academic Credit, Unpaid
Duration: N/A
Academic Level: College Freshmen, College Sophomores, College Juniors, College Seniors


Washington, DC