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WOLA (Washington Office on Latin America)

Communications Intern

June - August 2019 • Washington, DC

What I liked

WOLA's work environment is absolutely encouraging and supportive. They strive to create a program where we receive as much as we are giving them, offering their interns development opportunities, the chance to attend talks and discussions with civil leaders and policy-makers, weekly inspirational lunches with key figures in the field, and the opportunity to take up your own projects. Interning at WOLA was a very well-structured experience that gave me a network of policy experts that I still regularly make use of. They also provided us with a travel stipend and multiple forms of support, despite the internship being unpaid.

What I wish was different

I wish I had spent more time at WOLA.

Advice

Take up people at the office's offers to grab coffee or lunch--some of the best lessons came from actually learning from their trajectories, ups and downs, do's and don'ts.
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Intern

May - August 2020 • Washington, DC

What I liked

I enjoyed working with the WOLA staffers as well as the research and writing opportunities that I had. I was able to attend many interesting events and webinars.

What I wish was different

Because of COVID-19, my internship was online which obviously took away from the experience.

Advice

Take advantage of every opportunity you receive, especially with writing blogs and attending events!
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Citizen Security Intern

January - March 2017 • Washington, DC

What I liked

The organization staff was welcoming and cared for all interns. I got to have lunch with professional staff and learned about their life journeys and careers. I also got to attend government briefings with international leaders like the attorney general of Guatemala! On top of all the great experience, all interns received a 1000 dollar stipend.

What I wish was different

I wish I could have stayed there longer!

Advice

Do not be afraid to speak to professional staff. They are all willing to help future human rights activists.
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