IOP Director's Internship: Early Childhood Development

The Center on the Developing Child has partnered with the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) to co-sponsor a Director’s Internship for a qualified undergraduate student at São Paulo State Department for Social Development & Social Assistance in São Paulo, Brazil. The intern’s primary focus will be to support São Paulo Pela Primeiríssima Infância, an initiative that works with municipalities throughout São Paulo state to create multi-sectoral government structures to promote and strengthen early childhood development. The Primeiríssima Infância program has served as a national example of successful early childhood interventions and has been scaled to more than 100 municipalities throughout the state.

Building on the national Legal Framework for Early Childhood (Marco Legal da Primeira Infância), sanctioned in March 2016, Brazil’s federal government recently announced plans to implement a new social program known as Criança Feliz (Happy Child). With this new federal program and an existing state program in place, the IOP Director’s Internship will immerse a Harvard undergraduate student in the complexity and challenges of coordinating federal and state social policy with local contexts and municipal-level implementation. The selected candidate will work under the Coordinator of Primeiríssima Infância and advance projects that suit his or her abilities and interests.

This internship is an excellent opportunity for students interested in social policy, public management, and/or politics. It will be of special interest to students who are passionate about reducing poverty and inequality through public services such as education, public health, and social assistance. This internship will be best suited for students who have advanced verbal and written communication skills in Portuguese, who are socially and culturally conscious, flexible, and self-motivated, who possess strong collaboration skills, and who are comfortable working under varied levels of supervision.

The IOP Director’s Intern will be expected to complete 8-10 weeks of full-time work over the summer of 2017 and will receive a $6,000 stipend. Visit the Harvard IOP’s web page for more information.

How to Apply
Applications must be submitted through the IOP website at:

  • Select “Director’s Internship Host Organizations” from the menu at the top of the page.
  • The application deadline is February 5, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Questions about eligibility, timing of applications, application guidelines, or the application form should be directed to