Latin American, Caribbean and Latinx Studies

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Internships and Study Abroad


Name of Institution Name of Internship Description Locations Website Contact Email

Atlas Corps


Seeking engaged leaders committed to the nonprofit sector. Twelve to eighteen-month professional fellowships in the U.S. and Latin America are available.

Washington, D.C.


Amazon Watch

Database, Development, or PR 

Amazon Watch supports and works closely with indigenous communities in the Amazon Basin in order to defend the forest and advance indigenous peoples' rights that are threatened by exploitation projects.

Oakland, CA


Center for Economic and Policy Research

International or Domestic Program

CEPR conducts both professional research and public education so that the public is better prepared to choose among the various policy options

Depends on internship


Center for International Policy


The Center for International Policy is an independent nonprofit center for research, public education and advocacy on U.S. foreign policy.

Washington D.C.


Cultural Survival

Several Internships

Cultural Survival works to amplify the voices of Indigenous Peoples as they work to claim their rights to self-determination, their lands, cultures, and ecosystems.

Cambridge, MA


El Museo del Barrio

Several positions available

Hands-on museum education and practical museum work experience; help with workshops and other educational materials.

New York, NY


Hispanic Access Foundation

Latino Heritage Internship Program

The Latino Heritage Internship Program (LHIP) is designed to train young people in the skills of cultural, historical, natural resource management. The program will raise awareness of national parks and historic sites, their accessibility and the need for Latino community involvement in their preservation.

Various Locations


Human Rights Watch

Several Internships

Human Rights Watch is a nonprofit, non governmental human rights organization with a staff of of human rights professionals including country experts, lawyers, journalists, and academics of diverse backgrounds and nationalities.

Various locations including New York, NY


Depends on internship


Several Internships, Madre Women

MADRE is an international human rights organization that works to advance women’s human rights by meeting urgent needs in communities and building lasting solutions to the crises women face.

New York, NY


Depends on internship

The Coalition for International Criminal Court

The Americas Outreach Intern

For students and recent graduates interested in learning more about the International Criminal Court, international law, the United Nations, the role of civil society in the development and promotion of human rights and advancement of international justice. 

New York, NY


Latin American News Digest

Several Internships Avalialble

Student writers and researchers contribute to our weekly issues by aggregating and writing summaries of news articles found in Latin American sources.

Interns work remotely, but need to be readily available via email, cell and skype.


Interns should submit a letter of interest as an example of their writing skills to Dr. Jana M. DeJong ( The letter should outline the intern’s experience (coursework, travel, etc.) as it pertains to language skills and knowledge of Latin America. The names and contact information for two references must be included. One of the references must address the applicant’s ability to write in English, while the other should address the applicant’s reading ability in Spanish and/or Portuguese. One of the references should also speak to the applicant’s familiarity with Latin America.

Afl-cio Union Summer Program

 Several Internships

Commitment to social justice and union organizing

Various Locations



Bildner Center for Western Hemispheric Studies

Various Internships

Work as an event coordinator, writing and office intern, or web intern.

CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY



CARECEN-NY (Central American Refugee Center)

Various Internships

CARECEN provides legal assistance to various immigrant communities in Nassau and Suffolk county. Interns may assist with interpreting, ESL and legal administrative work.

Long Island, NY



Drug Policy Alliance Network (Lindesmith Center)

Various Internships

The DPA works for sensible drug policy, promoting alternatives and reforms to the war on drugs.

New York, NY



Make the Road New York

Various Internships

Make the Road is an advocacy organization that works with Latino and working class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and survival services.

Various NYC Locations



NACLA- North American Congress on Latin America

Several Internships

NACLA provides information and analysis of Latin America and its relationship to the United States as tools for education and advocacy.



Fred Rosen:

Rural and Migrant Ministry

Several Internships

FRMM works defend the legal, labor and social rights of rural migrant farmworkers in New York State.

Mid-Hudson, Catskills, Long Island, Finger Lakes



Teatro Yerba Bruja

Several Internships

Teatro Yerba Bruja’s mission is to use the arts as a tool for social change, promote cultural enrichment and to help Long Island Latinx communities.

Central Islip, NY


Margarita Espada:

Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson

Several Internships

Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson is a grassroots organization based in the Hudson Valley of New York State. The organization is made up of members, predominantly working-class people of color, who fight around the issues that most deeply affect our community while challenging the systems of power at the root of these problems.


“Interns do everything from everyday office work to social media management to moving dozens of their peers to action and raising thousands of dollars. Given their importance, we are looking for people who are passionate about social justice and the work of building the power we need to create a world where people and planet come before profit. We don’t expect that they know everything about what that entails, but we do expect them to have the drive to learn, take initiative, and be flexible. The work that our interns do is not always the most exciting but every task they do, from data entry to research, grows our capacity as an organization. Our internship program provides an opportunity to learn about the inner-workings of grassroots organizations, to develop practical skills through hands-on work, and to contribute to and be a part of movements for immigration and utility justice.”

Depends on internship


Study Abroad

There are various opportunities to study abroad in Latin America and the Caribbean through SUNY New Paltz and other SUNY schools.  Please visit the SUNY New Paltz Center for International Programs in order to find the program that is best for you at or visit to learn more about other SUNY study abroad programs that include:



Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (SUNY New Paltz)
The Tec de Monterrey has campuses across Mexico. SUNY New Paltz students will study on the highly modern Guadalajara campus, though summer opportunities may be offered in other regions. The university offers a wide variety of coursework in both English and Spanish and is well know for its extensive business coursework and innovation hubs. Students can either live in residence halls on campus or with a host family.

UPAEP (SUNY Fredonia)
Located in the city of Puebla, this program is offered for four weeks in the summer or an entire semester. Students will be immersed in the Spanish language and in Mexican culture in one of the fourth largest cities in Mexico. Housing is with host families.

Universidad Internacional (SUNY Brockport)
Students who enroll in this program in Cuernavaca, Mexico will study at Universidad Internacional (UNITER) Center for Linguistic and Multicultural Studies which was designed to teach foreign students Mexican culture and the Spanish language. Students in this Brockport program can also choose an internship option.

Universidad de las Américas Puebla (SUNY Potsdam)
Available as a summer program but also offered semesterly, this program is designed for Spanish majors and anthropology/ archaeology, with additional classes in business, international relations, and liberal arts. Fluency in Spanish is desired, although accommodations can be made for those who are on an intermediate level, with several classes being offered in English in the Spanish Immersion Program. Those who are fluent may take regular classes offered at UDLA.

Spanish Language Institute (SUNY Cortland) 
Founded in 1990, the mission of the Spanish Language Institute (ASLI) is to teach Spanish language and Mexican culture in an intimate setting with experienced native Spanish speakers. ASLI's campus is private and safe, and located within walking distance of museums, historical sites, and the open air markets for which Cuernavaca is famous. Cuernavaca is a centrally located city, from which much of central Mexico can be easily explored. This intersession program is designed to permit students at all levels of Spanish proficiency (beginning to advanced) to earn 3 credits of Spanish while living with a Mexican family. The school offers guided excursions in private transport after classes during the week and full days on the weekend. There are two full day trips that are mandatory and are included in the program fee.



Summer Studies: Design in Cuba (SUNY New Paltz)
This two-week faculty-led opportunity was offered exclusively for New Paltz students in Havana, Cuba at the Instituto Superior de Diseño (ISDi). New Paltz designers collaborated with  colleagues at ISDi and a small group of their design students. Other activities included tours of old Havana, visits to graphic design studios, and experiencing Cuban music, art, and architecture. Students participating in this program earned three credits applied toward an Art or design studio or an elective on the major plan.Stay tuned for future offerings of ths program!

Universidad de la Habana (SUNY Oswego)
All students must have intermediate to advanced Spanish proficiency to participate in this program since this program is direct-enrollment, all classes are taught in Spanish. Students take their courses alongside Cuban students. Students will reside with a Cuban host family walking distance from the University of Habana. 

Themes in Afro-Cuban Cultures (Old Westbury)
This is a three week immersion program which starts in Old Westbury where students will be introduced to key elements of Cuban history, culture and society. The next two weeks of the course will take place in Cuba in the University of Matanzas “Camilo Cienfuegos” and Havana Cuba. This Study Abroad program will be available to all Old Westbury students and to other SUNY students interested in topics of Cuban slavery, anti slavery, and Afro-Cuban cultures, traditions and artistic representations. Instruction is in English and Spanish. Spanish proficiency is not required for this course.


Costa Rica

Universidad Latina de Costa Rica (SUNY New Paltz)
Located in San Pedro, ULatina, is the largest private university in Costa Rica. The university offers an extensive variety of coursework in both English and Spanish, with internship opportunities also available. Popular among international students is the university’s Spanish language coursework and it’s well-known Hospitality focused business and sustainability coursework.

Conversa -Language Immersion/ Internship (SUNY Cobleskill)
A two-part program involving language immersion and internship opportunities for undergraduate students. Students can enroll only in the language immersion program or participate in both the language immersion and internship components. An intermediate Spanish level is required for participation in internships.



Universidad de Especialidades Espíritu Santo  (SUNY New Paltz)
Located in Guayaquil, the financial center of Ecuador, students will experience the cultural and environmental diversity of this multilingual and multiethnic Andean region all while studying Spanish, the history, geography, and literature of Latin America and social and economic development challenges. Also available is an internship program that allows students to work in a local business or institution and gain experience in in an environment conducive to intercultural exchange.

Academia Latinoamericana de Español (SUNY Geneseo)
Academia Latinoamericana de Español has campuses in Quito, Ecuador and Cuzco, Peru. Students can choose either campus to fulfill Spanish language requirements at the beginning, intermediate, or advanced levels.



Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (SUNY New Paltz)
The Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro provides students with an intensive Portuguese language program. Students can take courses in a variety of disciplines and take part of South American cultural and tourist activities.

Students enroll in one of three academic centers at PUC-Rio: the Center for Theology and Human Sciences, the Center for Social Sciences, and the Center of Science and Technology. With a rich cultural life, Rio de Janeiro is the perfect place for those who wish to immerse themselves in the South American reality. Housing with families guarantees a true Brazilian experience. Students take a one month Portuguese Intensive language course before classes start. The summer program is dedicated to Portuguese for Foreigners language studies only. The Department of Letters offers language courses at five levels, from Beginner to Advanced.The objective is to develop the student's ability to understand, speak, read and write Portuguese in both formal and informal situations.



Pontificia Universidad Catolica Argentina (SUNY New Paltz)
One of the largest private universities in Argentina.While courses in Spanish as a foreign language are available, the medium of instruction is Spanish and a reasonable level of Spanish proficiency is required. Students should be prepared to take regular university courses taught in Spanish. Popular programs for visiting students are Business, Communications, Political Science and History. 

Universidad Nacional de Cordoba Exchange (SUNY Geneseo)
The historical city of Córdoba is Argentina's second most important city and the urban and cultural heart of the nation's central region. Nestled in a vast valley surrounded by sierras, its microclimate is characterized by mild temperatures most of the year. Students may take classes from any UNC department or from UNC's Facultad de Lenguas (School of Languages). Topics of study from the Facultad de Lenguas range from Spanish language, linguistics, and literatures, to teaching Spanish as a second language. Housing is with host families.

CAPA - Buenos Aires (SUNY Oswego)

SUNY Oswego offers a semester or academic year study abroad program in Argentina with CAPA Buenos Aires Study Center, located at Universidad Austral, a small private university in the heart of Buenos Aires. Students will enroll in four or more courses for a total of 12 to 15 credits. Students have the option of taking English courses, one Spanish course, completing a 3 to 6 credit Internship in Spanish, and/or completing a Global Business Certificate in English. This program is open to students of all language abilities, as the majority of courses are taught in English. Students will reside with a host family for the duration of the program.

A summer program is also available. Students will enroll in two courses for a total for six credits. Students have the option of taking one course in Spanish and the rest of the courses are taught in English in the following area Global Internship Program and International Economics. Students will reside with a host family for the duration of the program.