Council On Hemispheric Affairs

About Council On Hemispheric Affairs

For more than 30 years, the Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA), a major tax-exempt, nonprofit, and nonpartisan national research and information organization, has offered internships in Washington, D.C. in the fields of U.S., Latin American, and Canadian relations. These internships provide practical, entry level experience regarding a variety of political, economic, diplomatic, and trade issues. They also provide young scholars with excellent exposure to the policy making process. COHA seeks highly qualified undergraduate and graduate students as well as those who have already earned degrees. During its existence, nearly 1,000 successful candidates have interned in COHA’s Washington office.

COHA’s downtown Washington office is located in the prestigious Dupont Circle area, a fast-paced and highly professional yet congenial area. Former interns have had their by-lined work published in various COHA publications as well as in the Congressional Record and the opinion pages of newspapers across the world including the New York Times, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, Washington Times, and many others (see our online citation page for examples). COHA internships are highly respected by the Washington policy-making community for their rigor and valuable learning experience. Former COHA interns have gained prominent positions in journalism, the Foreign Service, and congressional offices as well as admittance to some of the most prestigious professional schools in the country.

The Internship Program:
COHA internships, which are available throughout the year, are entirely voluntary and are highly competitive. Interns play an integral role in COHA’s activities, which include the following: issuing statements and providing commentary to the print and electronic media; submitting articles on hemispheric issues to regional and national media; monitoring human rights and press freedom violations; promoting constructive U.S. policy initiatives; formulating viable alternatives that seek a diplomatic rather than a military solution to disputes; attending briefings by visiting Latin American dignitaries; and surveying legislation focused on social justice and the expansion of authentic democratic institutions.

- COHA seeks highly qualified undergraduate and graduate students as well as those who have already earned degrees

- Intern candidates should have some knowledge and/or interest in U.S.-Latin American affairs or international relations and should display impressive research and writing skills.

-Proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese is desired, though experience in journalism, English, or one of the social sciences may be substituted for the normal background requirements.

- Ideal internship candidates should be highly motivated and will be expected to show initiative and a capacity for innovation.

Application Process
To apply, please send the following to COHA (

- Completed application (found at
- Resume
- Cover letter
- Brief writing sample (two pages)
- The contact information of 2 references OR two letters of recommendation


Research Assoiate

September 2017 - December 2017 Washington, DC
“I had a lot of freedom to research the topics that I found interesting, and had a lot of opportunities to go to events in the city and learn directly from the people who are experts on Latin America. ”

Research Associate

June 2017 - August 2017 Washington, DC
“The best part of the internship was the amount of work I was able to do. In addition to conducting research and getting my work published, I also did a number of administrative tasks that allowed me to develop skills I can use in future positions.”
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