Spring 2020 Internship, Western Hemisphere Drug Policy Commission (Washington, DC)


The Western Hemisphere Drug Policy Commission is an independent, bipartisan commission created by  Congress to evaluate US counternarcotics policies and programs in Latin America and the Caribbean,  including efforts to reduce illicit drug supply, strengthen police and justice institutions, and prevent drug-related violence and curb drug abuse. By the end of 2020, it must present the President and Congress with a comprehensive review of these policies and recommendations for improvement. The WHDPC seeks highly motivated candidates for full or part-time paid six-month internships beginning in January 2020. This is a great opportunity to help shape future counternarcotics policy and US relations with Latin America and the Caribbean.

Essential functions may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Compiling research briefs and literature reviews for members of the commission and staff;\
  • Attending topical events, taking notes and writing summaries;
  • Attending and taking notes on meetings or interviews with government officials, diplomats and outside experts;
  • Preparing tables, charts and graphics;
  • Assisting with program workshops and events;
  • Assisting with outreach efforts.


  • A Bachelor’s degree or higher in Latin America Studies, International Affairs, Political Science, History or a related field;
  • Fluency in Spanish and English;
  • Strong demonstrated interest in and knowledge of Latin America and/or counternarcotics policies;
  • Demonstrated research skills, including basic statistical analysis;
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills;


Interested applicants should submit:

  • Cover letter
  • Resumé
  • Two (2) references
  • A writing sample of up to five (5) double-spaced pages. Writing samples should demonstrate the ability to research and write policy-relevant work about Latin America and/or counter-narcotics policy.
  • College transcript

Please send materials to edward.gracia@whdpc.gov before November 15.

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