SIP Colombia

Program Dates: Monday, June 6th – Friday, July 29th, 2016

The DRCLAS Regional Office, in collaboration with its partners in Colombia, offers 8-week internship opportunities in Bogotá for Harvard undergraduate and graduate students. Through the Summer Internship Program (SIP) in Colombia, participating students experience linguistic, social, and cultural immersion.

To ensure the students' smooth transition into life abroad, the DRCLAS Regional Office organizes a week-long orientation and provides ongoing support.

For photographs of last year's orientation week, please click here

Below is a list of potential organizations where Harvard undergraduates can be placed for internships during the summer.

Institute of Politics (IOP) Director's Internship at the Agencia Nacional para la Superación de la Pobreza Extrema
The Center for Social Innovation contributes to alleviation of poverty through ANSPE's alternative offer, focusing in three main areas: Public Policy, Social Innovation Projects, Knowledge Management and Promotion of Social innovation. This opportunity is jointly managed by DRCLAS and the IOP. Students selected as IOP Director's Interns will participate in the DRCLAS Summer Internship Program in Bogotá. Students may use the IOP stipend ($5,000) to cover the DRCLAS program fee, which includes housing and orientation ($3,000). See the IOP web site for all details about the organization and application process. PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOU ARE APPLYING TO THE IOP DIRECTOR'S INTERNSHIP, YOU ONLY NEED TO COMPLETE THE IOP APPLICATION, DUE Sunday, January 31st, 2016. 

Ministry of Information Technology and Communications (MINTIC)
The Ministry of Information Technology and Communication is the entity that is in charge of the design, adoption and promotion of policies, plans, programs and projects of the Information Technology and Communication sector. MINTIC aims to increase and facilitate the access to information technology and communication and their benefits to all people in Colombia. This opportunity is open to 1-2 Harvard College students. 

Congreso de La Republica- Senadora Paloma Valencia-Laserna

The Office of Senator Paloma Valencia drives a significant labor legislative focused on constitutional reform issues within the justice, environmental and national security governmental framework. The office, led by Senator Paloma Valencia, is composed of seven professionals, including lawyers and economists. Through this internship the student will join the Senator's staff and assist on projects and research related to policy-making, accompany the Senator in various Congress meetings, and perform miscellaneous administrative work.

Universidad de los Andes - Facultad de Economía
The UniAndes School of Economics is creating a study on the economy of the Colombian Pacific region (the poorest region in the country and with the largest population of African-Colombians). This summer internship facilitates the placement of one Harvard College student to spend 8 weeks in Colombia as a research assistant. The internship consists of analyzing existing data from secondary sources and create pedagogical tools to help empower young Colombians from the Pacific region and make transformational changes in their communities. Ideally the intern will have some knowledge of statistical methodology and interest in issues of social exclusion, discrimination, inequality and economic analysis of poverty

Semana/Verdad Abierta
The internship consists of reporting and writing on issues related to the Colombian internal conflict and transitional justice policies, supporting the production of special multimedia stories and translating some of them from Spanish into English. Applicant should have previous journalism experience. Advanced writing ability in Spanish. Familiarity with technology (web design, etc.).

La Silla Vacía
La Silla Vacía is an informative and interactive medium of communications for people interested in current Colombian politics. More than covering everyday news and attending press conferences, we focus on those stories that really describe how the power in Colombia is exercised, the people that have the most influence and power in the country, their strategies to obtain and maintain power, and the ideas and interests that drive important decisions for the country. This summer internship facilitates the placement of one Harvard College student to spend 8 weeks in Colombia. The internship consists of researching, reporting, updating and comparing information on the leading companies and executives in Colombia. 

Fundación Bavaria - Camino al Progreso
The program "4e, Camino al Progreso" is designed for entrepreneurial shopkeeper who have social commitment, leading the growth of their family, their community and their business. This initiative is part of the SABMiller's strategy for Corporate Social Investment (CSI) in the region that seeks to benefit more than 40,000 shopkeepers and their families in Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama and Peru.

Program Dates
This program runs for 8 weeks (1 week of orientation and 7 weeks of internship) from Monday, June 6th – Friday, July 29th, 2016.

Program Fee and Financial Assistance

Program fee: $3,000* (includes orientation and lodging. Air fare, meals, and incidental expenses are not included.)

* Harvard undergraduate(s) selected through the IOP will receive a stipend of $5,000 to cover the program fee and additional expenses.

If you are seeking financial support for your international activities, please investigate Harvard Funding Sources database. In particular, the Office of Career Services Summer International Internship, Service, Volunteer and Research Assistantship Grant may be relevant. In addition, for students with very high financial need, DRCLAS may be able to subsidize the costs of the DRCLAS program. All students requesting financial aid from DRCLAS must submit the completed Student Consent to the Release of Information form, which can be found at the end of each program's application.

For HKS students, we encourage you to apply for additional funding available at HKS.

Below is a list of potential organizations where Harvard Graduate students can be placed for internships during the summer.

Agencia Nacional para la Superación de la Pobreza Extrema
The Colombian Center for Social Innovation of ANSPE is looking for leaders with a strong desire to help solve social needs of population living in extreme poverty and vulnerability while making a positive impact on society. We are seeking proactive, responsible, resourceful, collaborative, and creative individuals with a willingness to learn. It is important to speak, talk and write fluently in English and Spanish.

Two internship placements are available for Harvard Kennedy School students. 
1) Knowledge Management Intern (http://hilando.gov.co/)
Support the area of Promotion, Diffusion and Knowledge Management, advising on how to strengthen the community of social innovators in Colombia using social media and web 2.0 strategies that promote citizenship participation. You will support the following tasks:
-       Building a database of innovation centers and think tanks
-       Drafting and preparation of documents about Colombian best practices solving extreme poverty
-       Sharing best practices for social innovation between previously identified national and international actors
-       Increasing web presence via social networking sites
-       Monitoring media
-       Generating content

2) Public Policy Intern (http://www.politicadeinnovacionsocial.co/)
Support the team that manages the public policy in social innovation at CIS. You will support the following tasks: 
- Support the process of structuring the evaluation of social innovation projects.
- Support the implementation of the National Social Innovation Policy.
- Other functions will be identified in the summer

Appropriation Office of Ministry of Information Technology and Communications (ICT), co-sponsored by DRCLAS
1 Internship Available 
Main Function: Advisor to the Director and sub directors of ICT Appropriation Office

Eligibility: We are seeking sensible, resourceful, innovative and collaborative individuals with a willingness to learn and construct collectively. Master’s student at Harvard Kennedy School with 3-5 years of work experience and oral and written fluency in English and Spanish.

The ICT Appropriation Office* of the Ministry of Information Technology and Communications (ICT) of Colombia is looking for creative leaders with a strong desire to help solve social needs of population living in poverty and vulnerability.

Colombian Government ICT Plan
The “Plan Vive Digital” (Live Digital Plan) is the technology plan for years 2010 to 2014 in Colombia, which aims to give the country a technological leap by the mass use of the Internet and the development of the national digital ecosystem, stimulating and expanding infrastructure, creating new services at lower prices, promoting the development of applications and digital content and promoting users´ technology appropriation. It creates a virtuous circle in which there is more demand for users, more applications for them, more and better services at lower prices in a modern infrastructure.

The Plan responds to the challenge of this government to achieve democratic prosperity through the appropriation and use of technology. It is demonstrated that there is a direct correlation between Internet penetration, the appropriation of Information Technology and Communications (ICT), employment generation and poverty reduction.

1) Digital Culture Intern
Support the area of Digital Culture advising on how to strengthen the community of digital social innovators and responsible Internet users in Colombia. This intern will support the following tasks:
- Drafting and preparation of documents about Colombian best practices that contributed to solve poverty and create welfare through ICT
- Identify possible contests and international scenarios where some of the successful achievements can be presented
- Other functions will be identified in the summer

2) Adoption Processes - Public Policy Intern
Support the team that manages the ICT policy for Indigenous People, Handicapped People and other groups of vulnerable Colombians. This intern will support the following tasks: 
- Drafting and preparation of documents about Colombian best practices that contributed to solve poverty and create welfare through ICT
- Identify possible contests and international scenarios where some of the successful achievements can be presented
- Other functions will be identified in the summer

The program runs with a minimum of 4 participants.

The deadline for the 2016 DRCLAS Summer Programs is Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 at 11:59pm

To Apply:

Harvard College students* only:
Please fill out the CARAT application form online and include the documents below. In the CARAT online form, please also include one reference who will be contacted to fill out a brief questionnaire (should be from Harvard community: TF, advisor, professor, etc.)

*The deadline for the joint DRCLAS-IOP internship opportunities is Sunday, January 31st, 2016. For more information, visit the Institute of Politics (IOP) Director’s Internship Program website.

Harvard Graduate students only: Submit 1-2 letters of recommendation. Please contact Pilo Mella, Student Programs Manager, for more information. 

Interview Process:
Interviews will be held during the week of February 8-11, 2016, at the DRCLAS Cambridge office in the Center for Government and International Studies (CGIS) at 1730 Cambridge St., 2nd floor. Interviews will last approximately 10-20 minutes, and will be conducted in Spanish. If you are applying to multiple programs, you may be interviewed at once by more than one member of the DRCLAS staff.  SIGN-UP INFO FORTHCOMING

Click here to access the frequently asked questions page for the DRCLAS summer programs.

Learn More
For additional information, please contact: 
Pilo Mella, Student Programs Manager
Francisco Maldonado Andréu, Communications and Student Programs Coordinator

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List of Past Participants

Summer 2015
Juan Bedoya – Project Site: Universidad de Los Andes
Carlos Rivera – Project Site: Senado de la República de Colombia

Summer 2014
Javier Felipe Aranzales – Project Site: Agencia Nacional de Superación de la Pobreza (ANSPE)
Yasmin Issari – Project Site: UniAndes pre-med program
Erick Juarez – Project Site: UniAndes pre-med program
Daniel Martinez – Project Site: Semana/Verdad Abierta
Neng Thao – Project Site: UniAndes pre-med program
Aubrey Walker – Project Site: UniAndes pre-med program

Summer 2013
Brendan Eappen – Project Site: UniAndes Pre-Med Program / Prison Research Project
David Garfunkel – Project Site: Colombian Center for Social Innovation / ANSPE (Agencia Nacional para la Superación de la Pobreza Extrema)
David Hibbert – Project Site: UniAndes Pre-Med Program
Sylvia Percovich – Project Site: Centro de Paz, Memoria y Reconciliación
John Luke Pizzato – Project Site: Centro de Paz, Memoria y Reconciliación
Olivia Plana – Project Site: UniAndes Pre-Med Program
Kathleen Weintraub – Project Site: Colombian Center for Social Innovation / ANSPE (Agencia Nacional para la Superación de la Pobreza Extrema)

Summer 2012
Gabriel Bayard – Project Site: Centro Colombiano de la Innovación Social / ANSPE (Agencia Nacional para la Superación de la Pobreza Extrema)
Alexander “Sascha” Bercovitch – Project Site: VerdadAbierta.com/La Semana
Harlan  Downs-Tepper – Project Site: Familias en Acción
Tonatiuh Lievano Beltran – Project Site: Centro Colombiano de la Innovación Social / ANSPE (Agencia Nacional para la Superación de la Pobreza Extrema)