DRCLAS Summer Internship Program (SIP)

Summer Internship Program 2018

Brazil, Latin America’s largest country, offers a range of exciting and rewarding opportunities for Harvard students during the summer of 2018. Join the more than 1,000 Harvard students who have engaged in internships, research and other learning experiences in the country since 2006.

Harvard undergraduate and graduate students interested in structured internships with leading Brazilian startups, NGOs, institutes, and enterprises are encouraged to apply to our Summer Internship Program. This eight-week program takes advantage of our strong network of relationships, local presence and years of on-the-ground experience.

Basic Portuguese language skills are highly recommended, though not necessary to participate. If you have any questions or are interested in interning at a specific organization, city, or sector not listed below, please contact Tiago Genoveze, Program Coordinator at tiago_genoveze@harvard.edu.

2018 Dates

Application Deadline: Sunday, February 4th, 2018 at 11:59PM
Interviews: February 12 – 15, 2018 
Program Dates: June 3rd to July 28th, 2018
Orientation in São Paulo: June 4th & 5th, 2018

To Apply


Applications are open until Sunday, February 4th, 2018 @ 11:59PM.

Interview Process

Interviews will be held on February 12 - 15, 2018, at the DRCLAS Cambridge office in the Center for Government and International Studies (CGIS) at 1730 Cambridge St., 2nd floor. Interviews will last approximately 15 minutes, and may be partially conducted in Portuguese. If you are applying to multiple programs, you may be interviewed at once by more than one member of the DRCLAS staff. Sign up for an interview by Monday, Feb. 5

Program Features

• 8-week internships in fields such as:

    • Education & early childhood development
    • Environment
    • Health and medicine
    • Innovation and entrepreneurship
    • International relations
    • Journalism
    • Filmmaking
    • Public policy
    • Social engagement
    • Urban planning
    • Information Technology
    • Security
    • Justice
    • Human Rights
    • Engineering

• Careful screening of host organizations throughout Brazil and matching of students with host organizations and families
• Interview-based selection process with São Paulo-based DRCLAS staff and hosts 
• Opportunity to speak Portuguese in work and home settings
• Facilitated engagement with extensive Harvard network in Brazil
• Financial aid is available from DRCLAS and program partners


  • DRCLAS Program Fee (including Brazil Office support, connection to network of host families and host organizations, orientation and events in São Paulo, and collective trip to another state) – US$ 2,000
  • Separate of the program fee, participants are responsible for their visa costs, round-trip airfare to and from São Paulo, housing fee, local transportation and meals - US$ 3,710 (approximately)
    Total Costs (estimated): US$ 5,710

    View an estimated budget for a two-month trip to São Paulo during Summer.

Financial Aid

Students interested in and eligible for funding from the Office of Career Services (OCS) may indicate this on the DRCLAS Summer Programs Application Supplement Form, and do not need to apply separately for OCS funding.


Harvard students participating in Summer 2018 opportunities in Brazil must:

  • Participate in conversation and interview with host prior to arrival
  • Actively participate in all program activities, including:
    • pre-departure meeting
    • orientation week
    • virtual events
    • check-ins and outings
  • Have interest in learning about Brazil through cultural exchange and direct interaction with Brazilians
  • Agree and commit to program standards and guidelines 
  • Be responsible, committed, motivated and reliable

    PLEASE NOTE: If you are currently on a Leave of Absence and are NOT studying abroad for transfer credit, you are not eligible to participate in a DRCLAS Summer Program or receive funding from DRCLAS.
    All students must be in good academic standing at time of participation in a DRCLAS program.
    Though Portuguese language skills are not required, basic Portuguese is highly recommended. Brazil is a monolingual country and most people do not understand or speak Spanish or English. 

Travel Visa

Students selected to the Summer Internship Program in Brazil must be prepared to apply for a visa immediately after being selected (depending on passport country of issue). Students must also have a passport with an expiration date after February 1, 2019. If you do not have a passport, you must apply for one immediately upon being selected. All costs for passport and visa applications are the responsibility of the student.


2018 Internship Opportunities:

Click the arrow in the upper left-hand corner of the map to view host organizations by state.

Ashoka Brasil // Social Entrepreneurship & Early Childhood

Ashoka Brasil

Field: Human Rights , Education, Early Childhood , Technology, Health, Journalism, Environment, Social Entrepreneurship, Public Policies and Social Activism
Location: São Paulo - Southeastern Brazil
Portuguese Level: Fluent Portuguese preferred.
Preferred Student Field of Study: Communication, Social Sciences, International Relations, Administration

Ashoka builds and cultivates a community of change leaders who see that the world now requires everyone to be a changemaker. Together, we collaborate to transform institutions and cultures worldwide so they support changemaking for the good of society. We do so by recognizing and supporting social entrepreneurs.

Centro de Inovação para a Educação Brasileira // Education

Centro de Inovação para a Educação Brasileira - CIEB

Field: Education, Technology, Public Policies and Research
Location: São Paulo - Southeastern Brazil
Portuguese Level: Intermediary Portuguese preferred

The Innovation Center for Brazilian Education (CIEB) is a non-profit association created to foster a systemic transformation, through innovation and technology, that promotes greater equity, quality and contemporaneity in Brazilian public education.

Keywords: Public Education; Innovation; Public Policies.

Conectas Direitos Humanos // Human Rights

Conectas Direitos Humanos

Field: Human Rights
Location: São Paulo - Southeastern Brazil
Portuguese Level: Intermediary, Advanced or Fluent Portuguese preferred

For more than 15 years, Conectas has existed to protect, realize and enhance human rights. We are more than just a non-governmental organization; we are part of an active global movement that is leading the struggle for equality of rights. Conectas works permanently to present a Global South perspective to enhance human rights. Throughout the year of 2016, Conectas went through a Strategic Planning process, at the end of which it decided to focus on three themes: 1) Institutional Violence, 2) Strengthening Democratic Space and 3) Accountability of Business Enterprises for Human Rights and Environmental Violations, including the impact of international arms transfers on human rights. For each of the themes, priority action areas were chosen. It has also been decided that teams working on each of these topics will be multidisciplinary, with a combination of litigation, international action, mobilization and communication strategies. These priorities were chosen by Conectas’ team and approved by the organization's Board of Trustees in the second half of 2016. Conectas has consultative status with the ECOSOC-UN since 2006, and observer status with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights since 2009.

Keywords: Human Rights; Institutional Violence; International mechanisms; Global South; Business; Human Rights.

CEFESP/FGV // Urban Planning, Government & Public Policies


Field: Urban Planning, Government and Public Policies
Location: São Paulo - Southeastern Brazil
Portuguese Level: No Portuguese Necessary

The Center of Politics and Economics of the Public Sector, CEPESP, was created in 2006. As an interdisciplinary center, CEPESP is the first center to gather professors, students, and researchers from both the Business and the Economics Schools at FGV. The main objective of CEPESP, as well as of FGV as a whole, is to contribute the development of Brazil by the knowledge generated by its researches. The main research question is the role performed by politics and economics on public policies. In other words, the researches aim at appraising the influence exerted by institutions (in an wide sense) on public policies’ decision-making. More specifically, the work carried out by CEPESP is structured along three main research lines: Political Institutions, Public Finance and Regional and Urban Economics.

Keywords: Economics, politics, public policy, urban planning, public finance

Ecosystem and Atmospheric Chemistry Research in Amazonia // Environmental Chemistry

Ecosystem and Atmospheric Chemistry Research in Amazonia

Field: Environmental Chemistry

Location: Manaus - Northern Brazil

Portuguese Level: No Portuguese required


SEAS Professor Scot Martin has developed a sampler for UAV capture of emissions from the forest. These samples are analyzed in partnership with the Analytical Chemistry Facility of Amazonas State University, Manaus, Brazil. As a student, you live in Manaus, and you carry out samples analysis in the laboratory, all the while learning about biosphere-atmospheric exchange of the tropical forest. Interested applicants should have previous experience in a wet lab. No knowledge of prior Portuguese is needed, but you should plan on taking lessons in Manaus.


Keywords: Amazon; air quality; aerosols; research; environment


Interested applicants should contact Prof. Martin (scot_martin@harvard.edu) directly and apply for funding through the Center for the Environment´s Undergraduate Summer Research Fund.

EIPP - Escola de Inovação e Políticas Públicas // Public Policies

EIPP - Escola de Inovação e Políticas Públicas (Fundaj/MEC)

Field: Human Rights, Education, Government, Public Policies, Social Activism, Citizen Security and Local Economic Development
Location: Recife - Northeastern Brazil
Portuguese Level: Intermediary Portuguese preferred
Preferred Student Field of Study: Public Policy, Education

The School of Innovation and Public Policy (Escola de Inovação e Políticas Públicas - EIPP), attached to the Brazilian Ministry of Education (MEC), was created in September 2017 in Recife-Pernambuco to develop people and ideas that will foster social impact to overcome public challenges. We are a problem-driven organization, that provides technical assistance and capacity building opportunities to local governments. By training the frontline, we hope to trigger innovation and institutional capacity, catalyzing a bottom up approach to policy, in which problems are locally defined and addressed. In 2017, most of EIPP’s activities were related with public education; in 2018, its scope will also include local economic development and citizen security.

Keywords: Education; public policy; security; development; governance

Eduinsvest // Education


Field: Education
Location: Rua Michigan 962, São Paulo, Brazil
Portuguese Level: Basic Portuguese preferred

Eduinvest is a brazilian holding company that manages two K-12 schools in São Paulo. Our goal is to be a national provider for K-12 education focused on the middle low income Brazilian families. Our model is for a different and innovative education whose pillars are 21st Century skills, Entrepreneurship, Technology and skills for the Job Market.

Keywords: Education, K12, Emerging low income families, Low Cost, Affordable, Quality Education, Innovative, Entrepreneurship, Technology, Maker Movement

Folha de S. Paulo // Journalism

Folha de S. Paulo

Field: Journalism
Location: São Paulo - Southeastern Brazil
Portuguese Level: Basic Portuguese preferred

Founded in 1921, Folha has been, since the 80's, the best-selling newspaper in the country among national dailies of general interest. The growth was based on the editorial principles of the Folha Project: pluralism, non-partisanship, critical journalism and independence. Organized in daily thematic sections and supplements, it has national circulation. It was the first communications vehicle in Brazil to adopt the role of ombudsman and to offer online content to its readers.

Keywords: Journalism; media; data journalism

Fundação Fernando Henrique Cardoso // Government & Research

Fundação Fernando Henrique Cardoso

Field: Government, Public Policies and Research
Location: São Paulo - Southeastern Brazil
Portuguese Level: Advanced Portuguese preferred
Preferred Student Field of Study: Human Sciences

The purpose of the foundation is twofold: foster public debate and the production and dissemination of knowledge about the challenges of development and democracy in Brazil, in its relations with the world. Besides that, it preserves and makes available to the public the archives of Ruth and Fernando Henrique Cardoso and other public figures linked to the couple, in order to contribute to the research and dissemination of knowledge about Brazilian history. To achieve its objectives, the foundation organizes exhibitions, educational events, cross-disciplinary debates, studies and publications.

Keywords: Democracy, Development, Social and Policial Innovation

Fundação Getulio Vargas // Education & Public Policies

Fundação Getulio Vargas

Field: Education, Public Policies, Research and International Relations
Location: São Paulo - Southeastern Brazil
Portuguese Level: No Portuguese necessary

Fundação Getulio Vargas was founded in 1944. Its initial purpose was to train qualified personnel for the administration of the country’s public and private sectors. The Foundation also has a long tradition of research and public service in the area of international affairs in Brazil. The Center for International Relations at FGV was created in 2009, seeking to promote and develop research and teaching in the fields of IR and Contemporary Global History. In recent years, we have also emerged as the leading actor promoting the public debate and producing policy-relevant research, which led to the creation of the FGV School of International Relations.

Keywords: Education; International Relations; Research; Public Policies

Instituto Fazendo História // Human Rights & Early Childhood

Instituto Fazendo História

Field: Human Rights, Early Childhood, and Children and Adolescents Living in Shelter
Location: São Paulo - Southeastern Brazil
Portuguese Level: Intermediary Portuguese preferred
Preferred Student Field of Study: Public Policy, Education

For more than ten years, Fazendo História Institute has created opportunities for people to approach children, our people build relationships with the children and adolescents based on respect, care and love by listening and creating new stories with them.
So the institute contributes in a way that those children and adolescents that had to be separated from their families can find, while under institutional care, a moment of affective reparation.

Keywords: Children and adolescents; volunteer; shelter; foster family; orphanage

Instituto Igarapé // Research, Justice & Security

Instituto Igarapé

Field: Human Rights, Technology, Urban Planning, Public Policies, Research, Justice and Security
Location: Rio de Janeiro - Southeastern Brazil
Portuguese Level: Basic or Intermediary Portuguese preferred

The Igarapé Institute is an independent think and do tank devoted to evidence-based policy and action on complex security, justice and development challenges in Brazil, Latin America, and Africa. The Institute’s goal is to stimulate debate, foster connections and trigger action. Based in the South, the Igarapé Institute undertakes diagnostics, generates awareness, and co-designs solutions with public and private partners, often with the use of new technologies. Key areas of focus include (i) drug policy, (ii) citizen security, (iii) building peace, (iv) safer cities and (v) cyber security.

Keywords: Think and do tank; Citizen Security; Safer Cities; Smart Cities; Justice; Women; Peace; Security; Drug Policy; Innovation; Cybersecurity; Data Analisys; Machine Learning

Instituto Maria e João Aleixo // Education & Public Policies

Instituto Maria e João Aleixo

Field: Human Rights , Education, Technology, Urban Planning, Public Policies , Social Activism and Research
Location: Rio de Janeiro - Southeastern Brazil
Portuguese Level: Fluent Portuguese preferred

The Maria and Joao Aleixo Institute, founded in 2014, is a non-governmental organization dedicated to improving the understanding of the forms, functions, and processes inherent in global urban peripheries. Located in Rio de Janeiro’s Mare favela, the IMJA treats periphery residents as subjects, taking into account their social practices and social insertion. The IMJA also seeks to systematize and expand those social methodologies and technologies capable of improving opportunities for periphery residents, especially in regards to their role in contemporary politics. The IMJA aims to build a movement for an International Network of Peripheries, gathering associated researchers, social activists, cultural collaborators and artists in order to create collaborative processes, thus enabling the enhancement of studies and policy proposals for territory development.

Keywords: Urban Peripheries, Favela, Enpowerment, International Network

Instituto República // Government, Public Policies & Business

Instituto República

Field: Social Entrepreneurship, Government, Public Policies and Business
Location: Rio de Janeiro - Southeastern Brazil
Portuguese Level: Basic Portuguese preferred

Instituto República is a non-partisan and non-corporate NGO, that seeks to use evidence to train, empower, network, and boost public servants and people who collaborate with governments in Brazil.

Keywords: Train, empower, network, and boost public servants

Maria Farinha Filmes // Art, Culture & Cinema

Maria Farinha Filmes

Field: Art, Culture and Cinema
Location: São Paulo - Southeastern Brazil
Portuguese Level: Basic Portuguese preferred

We believe that a well-told story can make a difference in how people see the world. Whether with fiction, documentaries, series and other media, Maria Farinha Filmes exists to tell life changing and inspiring stories to promote transformation. Based on this model, in 2013, Maria Farinha Filmes became the first production and distribution company in Latin America to receive the international BCorporation certification, offered to companies that use their business power to create solutions for the world’s social and environmental issues.

Keywords: Social entertainment; documentaries; global issues

Moradigna // Health, Social Entrepreneurship & Education


Field: Health, Social Entrepreneurship and Education
Location: São Paulo - Southeastern Brazil
Portuguese Level: Fluent Portuguese preferred

Moradigna is a social business seeking to change and improve the lives of millions of Brazilians who currently live in unhealthy conditions. Our work has already impacted and transformed the lives of hundreds of people and has given them a much better quality of life. We, from Moradigna, not only offer the opportunity of having a beautiful home, but most especially the chance of having a healthy environment, free from diseases that mold, moisture and other factors may cause.

Keywords: Social Business, Health, Rebuild, Quality of Life, Workforce and Construction

Museu de Arte de São Paulo // Art & Culture

Museu de Arte de São Paulo

Field: Art and Culture
Location: São Paulo - Southeastern Brazil
Portuguese Level: No Portuguese necessary

Mission: MASP, a diverse, inclusive and plural museum, has the mission of establishing, in a critical and creative way, dialogues between past and present, cultures and territories, from the perspective of the visual arts. The Museum must expand, preserve, research and disseminate its collection, as well as promote the encounter between public and art through transformative and welcoming experiences.

History: Founded in 1947 by businessman Assis Chateaubriand, MASP is a self-governed, non-profit, private institution devoted to the arts. Located in the heart of São Paulo, at Paulista Avenue, MASP’s iconic building was designed by Lina Bo Bardi and it is an architectural landmark of the city. Today, MASP has the most important a collection of Western Art in the Southern Hemisphere. The Museum is a symbol of private entrepreneurship and commitment to the arts. MASP’s collection houses more than 10,000 works from a wide range of periods, encompassing art from Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas

Keywords: Art Museum

Nexo Jornal // Journalism, Design & Business

Nexo Jornal

Field: Journalism, Design and Business
Location: São Paulo - Southeastern Brazil
Portuguese Level: Intermediary Portuguese preferred
Preferred Student Field of Study: Design, Negócios, Tecnologia, Social Media

Nexo is a Brazilian digital media outlet with an editorial model that proposes the presentation of contextualized news. We value the access of a wide and diversified audience to a plural, explanatory and effectively rich material, which can collaborate to opinion shaping and the qualification of the public debate. To prepare the content published by the newspaper, we largely rely on the researches of academic institutions and organizations recognized as references in their specific areas, as well as in interviews with experts. In a few months, we have achieved considerable relevance in the national debate, and recognition from teaching and research institutions as a legitimate and plural space for the dissemination of information. This appreciation enabled the establishment of partnerships, enriching even more our content production.

Keywords: Contextual journalism; ux design; digital newspaper; infographics; technology; social media

Oxfam Brasil // Public Policies, Social Activism & Research

Oxfam Brasil

Field: Public Policies, Social Activism and Research
Location: São Paulo - Southeastern Brazil
Portuguese Level: Intermediary, advanced or fluent Portuguese preferred

Oxfam Brasil is a Brazilian NGO, part of the Oxfam Confederation composed by 20 affiliates and working in 90 countries across the globe. In Brazil, our mission is to reduce poverty and inequality in all its dimensions. among which economic, racial and gender based disparities. We do that by promoting active citizenship, conducting research on related issues and working with allies and partners in programmes and campaigns.

Keywords: Inequality; poverty; race; gender; youth; discrimination; urban; private sector

Peripécia Filmes Produção e Comunicação Audiovisual // Cinema

Peripécia Filmes Produção e Comunicação Audiovisual

Field: Human Rights, Education, Technology, Journalism, Environment, Art and Culture, Cinema and Research
Location: São Paulo - Southeastern Brazil
Portuguese Level: Intermediary Portuguese preferred

Peripécia Filmes is a production company founded in 2010, that has been focusing in non-fiction production. Its themes range from science and technology communication to topics of Brazilian history and culture such as literature, theater, music and urbanism. The company's challenge is to use the audiovisual language in a creative way to handle with accuracy and inventiveness these diverse subjects.

Keywords: Documentary; Video; Production Company; Science; Communication; Brazilian History; Brazilian Culture; Higher Education

PoaTek IT Consulting // Technology

PoaTek IT Consulting

Field: Technology
Location: Porto Alegre - Southern Brazil
Portuguese Level: No Portuguese necessary
Preferred Student Field of Study: Computer Science; Computer Engineering

PoaTek is a growing boutique of IT Consulting based in Brazil’s tech hub, focused on building critical applications for international clients, especially from the financial market. Our focus on collaboration, culture and behavior enables us to produce innovative projects that drive our clients’ success, no matter if it’s a sudden emergency or a long-planned, long term project. Born out of an innovative idea, the company provides a relaxed environment and a chance for professionals to grow in a technical career through challenging projects.

Keywords: Software Development; Mobile App Development; Data Science; Quality Assurance

Tá.Na.Hora // Technology and Public Health


Field: Technology, Public Health, Early Childhood

Location: São Paulo - Southeastern Brazil

Portuguese Level: Intermediary Portuguese preferred

We are a digital healthcare company focused on educating and monitoring under-served populations in Brazil using cellular phones, with the goal of improving healthcare outcomes at scale and lower cost. Our technology is a chatbot AI that sends SMS text messages with engaging and relevant healthcare information, monitors user's health via automated conversations, and then notifies healthcare providers in case of problems via na online platform. Our health programs are built around three major areas: i) chronic diseases (diabetes, cardiovascular disease), ii) maternity (pregnancy and early childhood), and iii) general wellness (stress, nutrition, exercise). We sell these programs/services to both Private and Public sector. Our clients are municipal health systems, regional health plans, and large companies -- all with a focus on middle and lower-income populations. We've won grants and awards from Google.Org and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Now we're ready to scale up and looking for funding outside of Brazil.

Keywords: Health; Startup; Mobile; Technology; Social Impact

Udacity // Education, Technology & Business


Field: Education, Technology and Business
Location: São Paulo - Southeastern Brazil
Portuguese Level: Intermediary, basic or no Portuguese

Udacity began as an experiment in online learning, when Stanford instructors Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig elected to offer their "Introduction to Artificial Intelligence" course online to anyone, for free. Over 160,000 students in more than 190 countries enrolled. The potential to educate at a global scale was awe-inspiring, and Udacity was founded to pursue a mission to democratize education. It would take several years of intensive iteration and experimentation to clarify our focus on career advancement through mastery of in-demand skills, but today, Udacity proudly offers aspiring learners across the globe the opportunity to participate in— and contribute to—some of the most exciting and innovative fields in the world.

Keywords: Education; International Relations; Research; Public Policies

Yunus Social Business Brazil // Social Entrepreneurship

Yunus Social Business Brazil

Field: Social Entrepreneurship
Location: Rua Madalena, 243 - Bairro Vila Madalena - São Paulo / SP
Portuguese Level: Basic Portuguese preferred, no Portuguese necessary.

Yunus Social Business Brasil aims to develop social businesses in our country throughout an investment fund and a social business accelerator. YSB also works with big companies, governments and foundations in order to promote and scale impact through social innovation.

Yunus Social Business Brasil is the Brazilian unit connected to the global company Yunus Social Business Global Initiatives

Keywords: Social Business; Investment Fund; Accelerator; Innovation.

Travel to Brazil Outside of Summer Internship Program:
We encourage all Harvard students, researchers and professors traveling to Brazil separate of the Summer Internship Program to inform us of your plans so that we can help connect you to people and events that might make your time in the country more enjoyable and productive.