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Latin American Studies Internship

srhThe Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) is a multidisciplinary institute that integrates several centers and programs devoted to promote interest in the region. LLILAS is the oldest Latin American studies program in the United States and one of the best worldwide. This is a vibrant and fast paced environment where students have the opportunity to interact with foreign students, Latin American visiting professors, government officials, politicians and private sector representatives.

Plan II and LLILAS have partnered to offer a paid internship program designed to provide Plan II students with the opportunity to gain professional experience by learning about the work of multiple programs within LLILAS or to develop research skills by working with some of our most distinguished Latin Americanist faculty.  The internship would be a great opportunity for those students interested pursuing graduate degrees or working in Latin American affairs; international public policy, international education as well as in any Social Sciences discipline. The position is not benefits-eligible, but there is a stipend of $1,500 per semester, for which the intern is expected to put in a 10-hour work week.  Students must be enrolled in a minimum of twelve credit hours* and be able to work in the US without restrictions in order to be eligible for the stipend. In addition, students may earn academic credit through the internship courses offered by Liberal Arts Career Services. 


For the 2018-2019 academic year the LLILAS internship position will be primarily focused on research.  LLILAS Latin Americanist faculty produce cutting-edge research on a broad range of topics and disciplines and help to maintain the academic leadership of the institute. This research internship is an excellent opportunity for students considering graduate school. Duties may include literature research and review; data manipulation, analysis, and interpretation; organization of research materials (data, texts, articles); other related duties assigned by faculty. Interns may also be tasked with LLILAS capacity building projects throughout the two semester appointment. Additional duties may include event management, online research, translation of documents, and clerical support as needed.

Students will be selected based on previous research experience or demonstrated interest in Latin American academic issues. Successful candidates will be paired with faculty according to their specific areas of interest. Previous research experience is a plus, as is intermediate to advanced proficiency in Spanish and/or Portuguese.


All applicants should provide the following documents through the Box Submission widget below:

  • a résumé indicating language and computer skills;
  • a cover letter stating why you are interested in the position (including research topics or disciplines of interest); and
  • the name and contact information of at least two UT faculty members or previous employers who are willing to provide a reference.

Plan II is no longer accepting applications for the 2018-19 intern position.

*Students in their graduating semester may be registered for six (6) hours of coursework and employed as an intern. If you believe you will be eligible to take 6 credit hours during the spring 2019 semester, please plan to discuss this option further with Katie O'Donnell, Plan II Academic Advisor, before applying.

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