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 2020. 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 Camilla Roberts, Program Coordinator at camilla_roberts@harvard.edu.

2020 Dates

Application Deadline: February 2, 2020
Interviews: February 10-14, 2020
Program Dates: June 6/7 - August 1, 2020
Orientation in São Paulo: June 6/7, 2020

To Apply

APPLY HERE.

Applications are open until Sunday, February 2, 2020 at 11:59PM (EST).

Interview Process

Interviews will be held February 10-14, 2020 at the DRCLAS Cambridge office in the Center for Government and International Studies (CGIS) at 1730 Cambridge St., 2nd floor. Interviews will last ~20 minutes, and will be conducted in the language of the program you are applying to (Spanish or Portuguese) unless noted otherwise. If you are applying to multiple SIP programs, you may be interviewed by more than one member of the DRCLAS staff at the same time. Please note that if you applied to multiple programs, you must sign up for a slot for all the programs you applied, as per the instructions below.

Program Features

  • Careful screening and matching of host organizations and families throughout Brazil 
  • Bi-weekly excursions and site visits to explore Brazilian culture 
  • 3-day group trip to a different region of the country 
  • Opportunity to speak Portuguese in work and home settings, though the program is also open to non-Portuguese speakers
  • Financial aid is available from DRCLAS and program partners
  • 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

Costs

DRCLAS Program Fee: $ 3,000 (including Brazil Office support, lodging, some meals, connection to network of host families and host organizations, orientation, outings in São Paulo, and group trip to another state)

Personal Costs: Students should budget between $1,300 - $1,900 (approximately) for their visa costs, yellow fever vaccine, round-trip airfare to and from São Paulo, local transportation, meals, independent travel, and other activities done outside the program.

If you are seeking financial support for your international activities, please investigate Harvard Funding Sources database. 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. 

In addition, for students with very high financial need, DRCLAS may be able to subsidize the costs of the DRCLAS program on a case by case basis. 

Housing

All SIP Brazil participants are matched with compatible host families in order to enhance students´ cultural and lingustic experiences. At the host family home or apartment, students will typically have their own bedroom, breakfast, two dinners per week, and basic ammenities, such as laundry and wifi. Participating host families usually have experience hosting international students and live in centrally located areas. Once students have confirmed participation in the program, they will be required to complete a questionnaire for matching purposes.

Requirements

  • Actively participate in all program activities, including:
    • pre-departure meeting
    • program orientation 
    • 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). US, Canadian, Japanese, and Australian nationals are exempted of Vistors Visa (VIVIS), so if you have any of these nacionaities you will not need a visa for SIP in Brazil. If you do not have any of the above nationalities, you must apply for the Visitor Visa, which requires a bit more work and documentation, including delivering documents to the Brazilian Consulate in Boston. Students must also have a passport with an expiration date after December 2020. 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.

Questions

Please contact camilla_roberts@harvard.edu.

2020 Internship Opportunities:

AirBnb // Technology

AirBnb 

Field: Technology, Business
Location: São Paulo - Southeastern Brazil
Portuguese Level: Basic Portuguese preferred, but not necessary

Preferred Student Field of Study: Finance, Business Administration, Management, Marketing, International Business (or similar Business Operations concentrations) - Juniors and Seniors preferred

Founded in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique travel experiences around the world. Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb allows people to Belong Anywhere through unique travel experiences at any price point, in more than 81,000 cities and over 191 countries. We promote a culture of curiosity, humanity, and creativity through our product, brand, and, most importantly, our people.

Internship Description:

Be a part of our Business Operations team and:  

1. Participate in regular business review meetings with Brazil leadership team and contribute to meaningful conversations on business results and short-term opportunities;

2. Support Brazil leadership and functional teams on key short and long term strategic initiatives by providing a data & impact-driven approach;

3. Work closely with Brazil leadership on reviewing our business strategy in preparation for 2021 planning/budget processes, and supporting projects and investment prioritization;

4. Support Brazil leadership team on market intelligence analyses, such as addressable opportunity sizing and competitive scenario assessment;

5. Candidate should have analytical and business skills (ability to frame issues and develop hypotheses), hands-on approach, and be eager to work in a small entrepreneurial team in an ever-changing environment.

 

Keywords: Home-sharing, sharing-economy, tourism, technology, travel, experiences

ARIES (Recife’s Agency for Innovation and Strategy // Urban Planning, Early Childhood & Environment

ARIES (Recife’s Agency for Innovation and Strategy)

Field: Urban Planning and Management
Location: Recife, Pernambuco - Northeastern Brazil
Portuguese Level: Basic Portuguese preferred

ARIES aims to contribute to the promotion of the economic and social development of the city of Recife, through collaboration, articulation and cooperation with the public sector, private initiative and organized civil society, by concentrating its work on long-term strategic planning and anticipation of solutions by running full-scale functional prototypes. Seeking to achieve this goal, ARIES raises and executes projects aligned with the strategy defined in the “Recife 500 Years Plan”, such as projects focused on early childhood and the environment, working on transdisciplinarity as the basis for its actions and activities.

Keywords: Urban Planning, Child Development, Strategic Planning, Environment

 

 

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.

Associação Centro de Estudos de Liderança Pública // Public Policies

Associação Centro de Estudos de Liderança Pública

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

CLP is a nonprofit dedicated to the improvement of public leadership and advocacy for strategic issues in Brazil. By preparing and empowering public leaders to promote change of behavior and to implement effective and ethical public policies, CLP aims to contribute to the strengthening of democratic institutions and the demise of populism in Brazil. We want to build the next generation of transformational leaders in Brazil by supporting the efforts of the Centro de Liderança Publica, a Brazilian social organization that has trained over 5,000 public leaders in the past eight years.

Internship Description:

Our Advocacy team helps leaders who work in the public sphere to prioritize and address important issues in Brazil, and to develop independent research around strategic themes to influence public policy. This team works with innovative strategies to engage public leaders effectively and to advocate for the improvement of Competitiveness, review of the social security legislation, review of the Brazilian electoral system and review of the administrative legislation. Among the main initiatives of the department are:

  1. The Ranking of State Competitiveness made in partnership with Economist Intelligence Unit and Tendências Consulting (rankingdecompetitividade.org.br);
  2. Review of the social security legislation does advocacy for improvement of the social security legislation with deputies and other politicians, aiming at a fairer a more equal system;
  3. Review of the administrative legislation does advocacy for improvement of the administrative structure in government in order to encourage public servants to act on a systematic and planned manner seeking results instead of spending energy and money on bureaucratic and legal processes.

In order to help us strengthen our Mobilization strategy and tackle the challenges to consolidate and expand our programs, we expect the summer intern to:

- Be responsible for the organization of Ranking of Competitiveness Summit in B3 which will count with the presence of Brazilian Governors, Secretaries of State and Brazilian press in September 2020;

- Produce recommendations for the discussions of Ranking of Competitiveness International Experts Committee, formed by Economist Intelligence Unit and Brazilian specialists;

- Help to build a research project regarding social security legislation and administrative legislation;

 

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

CEFESP/FGV
 

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. CEPESP gathers professors, students, and researchers from both the Business and the Economics Schools at FGV. The primary research question is the role performed by political and economic variables on explaining public policies. In other words, the researches aim at appraising the influence exerted by institutions (in a broad sense) on public policies’ decision-making. The work carried out by CEPESP is structured along four research lines: Political Institutions, Public Finance, Regulation of Public Policies, and Regional and Urban Economics.

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

Centro de Estudos em Sustentabilidade - Fundação Getúlio Vargas // Education

Centro de Estudos em Sustentabilidade - Fundação Getúlio Vargas


Field: Education, Environment, Government, Public Policies, Research, Business
Location: São Paulo - Southeastern Brazil
Portuguese Level: Basic Portuguese preferred
Preferred Student Field of Study: Electrical or Computer Engineering

The Center for Sustainability Studies (FGVces) of the Business Administration School of Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV EAESP) bases its activities in formulating and following-up public policies, building tools for self-regulation and the development of strategies for business management towards sustainability, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. This action takes place through: i) formal and informal education; ii) applied research and publications; iii) workshops, debates, mobilizations and public engagement; and iv) communication and exchange of experiences and information that can disseminate concepts and practices around sustainability in all its dimensions.

Internship Description:

This internship allows the student to:

i) Integrate a team of researchers who are currently working with climate policies, carbon pricing instruments in Brazil, and communication strategies within the public policy process.

ii) Take part in meetings and working groups, with different stakeholders, discussing pre-compliance strategies and public policy design for climate change in Brazil.

iii) Support the drafting of papers, reports policy and communication briefs about all stages of policy-making for climate change in a developing country.

Current projects and partners: Brazilian GHG Protocol Program, with 140+ companies that voluntarily prepare GHG Corporate Inventories; Simulation of an Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) with 30 of Brazil’s largest companies; Communications strategies and the public policy process (FGV Research) and other climate change projects with large corporations in Brazil.

Keywords: Sustainable development; climate change; environmental policies; environmental economics; applied research.

Cidadão Pró-Mundo // Education

Cidadão Pró-Mundo

 

Field: Education
Location: São Paulo - Southeastern Brazil
Portuguese Level: No Portuguese necessary.

Cidadão Pró-Mundo is a non-profit organization that promotes, for more than 20 years now, equal opportunities and social integration through voluntary English Teaching. Currently, more than 1,200 volunteers impact the lives of more than 2,400 low-income students in 14 communities in the states of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. With a highly organized administrative, operational and governance structure, CPM is considered the biggest and most efficient English teaching NGO in Brazil.

Intership Description:

The intern will be working directly with a small, but highly professional management team, being able to understand how an organized non-profit organization runs its operation, seeking efficiency and high impact. He/She will be in contact with many of the +1,400 volunteers and +2,500 students, dozens of partner institutions and the variety of English Learning projects we have. It’s probable that he/she will have to focus on one of these projects due to the short duration of the internship. He/She will be encouraged not only to engage in and support current activities but also to bring in ideas and insights to improve the operation (whether on management areas or more specifically on teaching or English language teaching). As we work with the English language as a tool to reduce social inequalities, it would be a great opportunity for interns that don’t necessarily speak Portuguese but want to get to know Brazil’s social complexities and people that are acting towards its improvement.

Keywords: Social impact, education, English Teaching, English classes, vulnerable communities, opportunities, youth, children, social assistance, social integration, inequality, job market, employment, social management, fundraising, events, volunteering, nonprofit, social strategy, marketing, communication, finance, certificates.

Cloudia // Technology & Health

Cloudia

 

Field: Technology, Health
Location: São Paulo - Southeastern Brazil
Portuguese Level: No Portuguese necessary
Preferred Student Field of Study: Computer Science (and other IT-related courses), Business Administration, Marketing, Design.

 

Cloudia is a Brazilian startup located in Sao Paulo which builds an AI-powered chatbot focused on automating communications between patients and healthcare establishments/institutions. Cloudia helps patients schedule consultations, replies to the patients' doubts, sends reminders of their consultations, and performs other communication tasks. Cloudia is currently a startup with consistent traction and was accelerated in the past by "Estação Hack" (Hack Station in a free translation), an innovation center created by Facebook in Sao Paulo, in a partnership with Artemisia, a local social impact startups accelerator.

Internship Description:

Depending on the student's knowledge and wishes, the summer internship may encompass activities such as:

- Software development using Python, Node.js and JavaScript programming languages.

- Structure, plan and execute an outbound sales strategy, including structuring and recruiting people for the sales team and designing outbound sales processes.

- Help build a dashboard to track growth, structure the growth team and implement new growth strategies, tactics, and techniques.

 

Keywords: Marketing, Digital Marketing, Affiliate Marketing, Advertising.

Conectas Direitos Humanos // Human Rights

Conectas Direitos Humanos


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

About Conectas: For more than 18 years, Conectas has existed to protect, realize and enhance human rights. More than a non-governmental organisation, we are part of a lively and global movement that continues to fight for equal rights from a Global South perspective. Our three focus areas are: 1) Combating Institutional Violence, 2) Strengthening Democratic Space and 3) Development and Socio-environmental Rights. Our multidisciplinary team uses a range of strategies to resist setbacks and promote human rights, including litigation, national and international advocacy, partnership building and public engagement. Conectas has had consultative status with the ECOSOC-UN since 2006, and observer status with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights since 2009.

Who are we looking for: Dynamic individuals, with a passion for learning but who have an existing understanding of human rights, international protection mechanisms and the importance of south-south cooperation. Due to our commitment to diversity, we will give preference to black, latino and scholarship candidates.  

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

Copra Alimentos // Food Industry, Business, Technology & Research

Copra Alimentos

Field: Food Industry
Location: Maceió, Alagoas - Northestern Brazil
Portuguese Level: Basic Portuguese preferred

Copra Alimentos is a food industry that has over 300 employees and it is specialized in the processing of dry coconut. It was set up 19 years ago in Maceió, Alagoas, where currently it maintains its headquarters, in an area of 12,000 m². It was the first industry in Brazil to produce the Extra Virgin Coconut oil, which took the Copra brand to another level of acknowledgement by the consumer, who now recognizes it as the reference brand in the market.

Keywords: Food, Health, Coconut oil, Industry, Research

 

 

Crescimentum // Education, Business, Consulting, Leadership Development

Crescimentum
 

Field: Education, Business, Consulting, Leadership Development
Location: São Paulo - Southeastern Brazil
Portuguese Level: No Portuguese necessary.

Crescimentum is one of the biggest consulting firms in Brazil specialized in leadership development and organizational culture. We have as mission: “Make a better world by turning people into extraordinary leaders and companies into more sustainable and humane organizations”. We believe that training goes beyond a room and a slide, training is learning and relearning constantly. We are specialists in behavior change, we are in touch with the latest in leadership and culture in the world, and we have a passionate team for what we do. If you want to learn about education that transforms and has contact with the top management of organizations come to work with us.

Internship Description:

If you are interested in what we do and have a cultural fit with us, we will find an interesting project for you to play.  What we search in summer interns are people who put their souls in what they do and are hard workers. We like people who are young at heart, who maintain the curiosity of childhood, but deliver like adults.

We have different projects that you can get involved with: 

• Develop new courses and contents about leadership and culture;

• Conduct researches in our area;

• Revisit the organization's processes and projects in search of efficiency gains in different areas like marketing, sales, technology, and operations;

• Develop new ideas about apps or online products. 

 

Keywords: Leadership Development, Consulting, Education, Organizational Culture, Psychology, Human Resources, Training and Development.

Cuidas // Technology, Health

Cuidas

Field: Technology, Health
Location: São Paulo - Southeastern Brazil
Portuguese Level: No Portuguese necessary, but basic Portuguese preferred
Preferred Student Field of Study: Computer Science preferred, but we will consider everyone

Cuidas is a health tech startup that wants to improve healthcare access and delivery in Brazil. We are focused on primary care, connecting primary care physicians with patients at companies. Our care is holistic, customized, and long-term oriented. We leverage technology to offer the best patient-doctor experience.

Key words: Health, technology, Healthtech, startup, primary care

Educafro // Education, Social Activism, Human Rights

Educafro

Field: Education, Social Activism, Technology
Location: São Paulo - Southeastern Brazil
Portuguese Level: Advanced Portuguese preferred, Intermediary Portuguese possible

Preferred Student Field of Study: Computer Science, IT related concentrations

Our entity works with Public Policies for the inclusion of black and other impoverished youth in universities and the job market. It is regarded as one of the most combative entities in this purpose.

We are currently launching a new program for which we want to pay special attention to and would welcome Harvard candidates who are engaged in a purpose like ours:
EDUCAFROtech - a project that consists of selecting unemployed black youth to give them intense 10-hour trainings per day to become IT programmers. This first stage lasts from 3 to 4 months – during this period Educafro provides them with a grant and with lunch and dinner, to make sure they have the means to stay on the program.
We are looking for a student who would help us further develop our new program.

Key words: Education, Social Activism, Inequality, Afro-Brazilian History, Technology, Digital education, Human Rights.

Emcasa // Technology & Business

Emcasa

Field: Technology and Business
Location: São Paulo - Southeastern Brazil
Portuguese Level: Intermediary Portuguese preferred.

Emcasa is a tech company that operates in the Real Estate space in Brazil as a residential broker. We use technology, data analytics and design to provide buyers and sellers a superior customer experience & to provide agents a platform that increases their efficiency by 12x.

Internship Description:

Interns will work on 8-week projects, which will consist of approving the project scope (1st week), diving into the problems to be solved (2nd and 3rd weeks), benchmarking and analyzing in depth potential solutions (4th and 5th weeks), designing a plan (6th week) and starting implementation (7th and 8th weeks).

Examples of potential projects:

  • Data analytics on residential real estate valuation
  • Redefining real estate agents' compensation
  • Growth plan / launching new cities
  • Product roadmap
  • New projects

It's important to note that the intern will work together with Founders & C-level team, so the person needs to have proactivity and initiative to navigate in less structured environments (after all, we're an emerging market tech startup!). Communication might be a challenge.

Keywords: Tech, Startup, Data, Real Estate, Brazil, Latam.

Escola Eleva // Education, Early Childhood & Technology

Escola Eleva

Field: Education, Early Childhood, Technology
Location: Rio de Janeiro - Southeastern Brazil
Portuguese Level: Intermediary Portuguese preferred.

Escola Eleva is the flagship preK12 school brand of the Eleva Educacao educational group that currently operates 10 K12 brands in 6
states in Brazil. Escola Eleva is a bilingual school offering the IB diploma and offers an education based on pillars of global citizenship,
academic excellence and emotional intelligence.

Keywords: education, innovation, makerspace, teaching, mentorship, teaching.

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 Estudar // Education, Journalism, Social Entrepreneurship & Business

Fundação Estudar

 

Field: Education, Journalism, Social Entrepreneurship, Business, Third Sector
Location: São Paulo - Southeastern Brazil
Portuguese Level: Intermediary Portuguese preferred

Founded by Jorge Paulo Lemann, Marcel Telles and Beto Sicupira in 1991, Fundação Estudar is a non-profit organization that invests in the development of high-potential young people who will transform Brazil through work in various sectors. In order to do so, Estudar offers a variety of programs, both open and selective, in three principal areas: Inspiration, Education, and Careers. Through these programs, we support young people in fully developing their individual potential, in their search for the best education in Brazil and abroad, and in accessing compelling career opportunities.

Internship Description:

As a Summer Intern at Fundação Estudar, you will be responsible for one of the organization’s strategic project. Our projects are in the areas of Education & Products, Marketing & Commercial, Community & Sourcing, and Operations. Summer Interns will be allocated based on their profiles and skills. All majors can apply. Portuguese language skills are desired but not required.

Keywords: Third-sector, NGO, Youth Empowerment, Education, Leadership, Excellence

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.

Internship Description:

The intern's activities will involve research on public policies in Brazil during the period of redemocratization after the military regime (1985-2018). The project aims to shed light on the social and political dynamics entailed in governing a democratic society. It is a non-academic project. The target audience is high school and college students. The project relies on documents available in the archives held by the Foundation as well as in other sources, such as the press. A good command of the Portuguese language is required.

 

 

Keywords: Democracy, Development, Social and Policial Innovation

Grupo Cornélio Brennand // Industry, Technology, Energy

Grupo Cornélio Brennand

Field: Industry, Technology, Energy

Location: Pernambuco - Northeastern Brazil

Portuguese Level: Basic Portuguese preferred

With 100 years of history, the Cornélio Brennand Group has as its guideline the continuous expansion of its activities driven by its values: Dynamism, Excellence, Integrity and Innovation. Today it operates in the renewable energy generation sector, flat glass production and real estate development. Since 1917, the force of entrepreneurship drives the group, their business and their way of acting and thinking. Thus, the Cornélio Brennand Group is a competitive group that seeks to generate and promote development in every sense of the word.

Keywords: Renewable energy; Flat glass; Development.

Hashdex // Technology, Digital, Bitcoin, Marketing, Finance

 

Hashdex 

Field: Technology, Business, Engineering, Financial Markets
Location: Rio de Janeiro - Southeastern Brazil
Portuguese Level: No Portuguese necessary
Preferred Student Field of Study: business, technology, law, economics, finance – but not restricted to these

Hashdex is a fintech startup that exists to bridge the gap between the blockchain world and traditional markets. Through building indexes, funds, research and other services, all powered by top-notch technology, we aim to unlock the blockchain potential to mainstream investors across the largest financial markets globally. With offices in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Silicon Valley, we are a team of entrepreneurs completely passionate about crypto and investing. We come from diverse cultures and backgrounds, with international experiences in some of the world’s leading companies in technology, investment, regulation, and more. We raised a seed round from top investors and we have stellar advisors.  We are extremely well-positioned to make a dent in this space.

Internship Description:

For the summer 2020 we are looking for amazing interns in a variety of fields to join us for periods ranging from 4 to 12 weeks, and who will lead critical projects for Hashdex. Whether your background is in business, technology, law, economics, or in finance, if you are a doer and you are passionate about the blockchain space and/or its applications in investing and finance, let’s definitely talk!

We have a series of interesting projects in the pipeline, which interns will lead from beginning to end. This year, our internship program will be held once more in our Brazilian office, in Rio. On top of doing amazing work in an exciting new space, interns get exposure to one of the world’s fastest growing fintech markets. It also won’t hurt to work from our cozy offices in beautiful Ipanema, living the celebrated Carioca lifestyle for the summer. If for any reason you need to be in US during the summer, let’s still chat. But come on... why miss the chance to be in Rio this summer?

Keywords: Blockchain, fintech, financial markets

 

Gerando Falcões // Education, Social Entrepreneurship, Business, Social Activism

Gerando Falcões

Field: Education, Social Entrepreneurship, Business
Location: São Paulo - Southeastern Brazil
Portuguese Level: Opportunities from Basic to Fluent Portuguese

We are Gerando Falcões, a social organization which operates within network strategy, in ghettos and favelas. Our projects are focused on sports and culture for children and teenagers and vocational training for youth and adults, with an income-generation engine for families. We have a management model inspired by the management mechanisms of Ambev, with goals and performance indicators. Last but not least, we have a focus on balancing a purpose that truly drives us and moves us forward, with management capacity and searching for long-term results in our children and families.

Internship Opportunities

  • Working on Business plan 
  • Efficiency Research
  • Partnership Outreach
  • English or Spanish classes

Key words: education, social entrepreneurship, favela, human rights, social activism

Inesplorato // Education, Research, Business, Knowledge Curation

Inesplorato

Field: Education, Research, Business, Knowledge Curation
Location: São Paulo - Southeastern Brazil
Portuguese Level: Basic Portuguese preferred

Launched in 2010, Inesplorato is a pioneer company in the knowledge curation field. Our job is to help companies and people benefit from the enormous amount of content produced daily around the world by focusing on three main areas of expertise: solving brand and business challenges, developing corporate education programs and connecting companies with society and culture.

Why Inesplorato?

- Throughout the years we have worked with large multinational companies, such as Google, The Olympic Committee, Unilever and AB-Inbev, therefore we can offer an internship experience that combines autonomy with the possibility of high impact on society and the market;

- We work with a unique methodology;

- Our team is multidisciplinary and highly connected to today’s most pressing issues;

- We understand Brazil and its complexity in depth, we are a source of global companies in the subject;

- We are at the forefront of discussions related to diversity in the Brazilian market.

Internship Description:

1) To lead a knowledge curation project from start to finish working with a real life client. This includes the following steps (our methodology):

1.1) Diagnosis: identifying client’s knowledge gaps that will guide our curatorship process.

1.2) Curation Map: mapping questions we wish to answer in order to meet gaps.

1.3) Research & Analyses: exploring different sources and disciplines that orbit the project’s subject. Data will be analyzed, movements will be identified, theories will be studied and experts consulted.

1.4) Elaboration: identifying main learnings and key insights.

1.5) Creation: working with creative team to come up with innovative solutions for final delivery.

2) To create new businesses that embrace our methodology and philosophy. Based on our mantra (“Sharing knowledge is igniting revolutions”), what other products and services can we offer? Innovation is an essential part of our culture; we have a history of trying out new ideas and businesses in the market and we are very excited with the possibility of building something new together with a Harvard intern.

We are a fairly horizontal, non-hierarchical company of less than 20 employees, but with a large global client base. In this sense, Inesplorato can offer an internship experience that combines autonomy with the possibility of high impact on society and the market.

Key Words: Knowledge curation, knowledge, data, research, education, business, society

Inova Lab MPRJ // Government, Human Rights, Education, Technology, Health, Environment, Urban Planning

Inova Lab - Rio de Janeiro Public Prosecutor's Office

 

Field: Human Rights, Education, Early Childhood, Technology, Health, Environment, Urban Planning, Government, Public Policies, Research, Design
Location: Rio de Janeiro - Southeastern Brazil
Portuguese Level: No Portuguese necessary
Preferred Student Field of Study: economics, data science, public policy, design, law, public administration, government

Inova_MPRJ is the government innovation lab of the Rio de Janeiro's Public Prosecutor`s Office. Our purpose is to explore daring ideas and experiment with new practices to build an organization ahead of its time. To address sustainable public solutions, we work mixing different and complementary tools, such as data science, design thinking, storytelling and evidence-based public. policies.

Internship Description:

We have opportunities to work with public policy research, programming, data science, project management, communication, social media, storytelling/journalism, design thinking, graphic design. All of them working towards opening data, assessments of public policies and implementing government interventions.

Key Words: data science; impact assessment, public policies, evidence-based public policies; design thinking; government innovation lab; digital solutions; innovation network

 

Instituto Banese // Social Service, Government & Culture and Arts

Instituto Banese

Field: Social Service, Government, Culture and Arts
Location: Aracaju, Sergipe - Northestern Brazil
Portuguese Level: Intermediary Portuguese preferred

Founded in 2009, the Banese Institute is an association with the purpose of acting as a social transformation agent to society. Seeking to be recognized as a source of knowledge, inspiration and promoter of artistic and cultural expressions, the Banese Institute continues to establish itself in the segment in which it operates, based on transparency and commitment to the interests of Sergipe society. The Institute develops socio-cultural events and initiatives, either through its own projects, and as well as financially supporting projects of institutions aimed at social assistance, culture and sports.

Keywords: Culture; Arts; Social Projects.

 

 

Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada // Government, Public Policies & Research

Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada

Field: Government, Public Policies, Research
Location: São Paulo - Southeastern Brazil
Portuguese Level: No Portuguese necessary.

The Institute for Applied Economic Research (Ipea) is a public research institution that provides technical support to the federal government with regard to public policies: fiscal, social and economic. The division offering the position is responsible for studying Science, technology and innovation as well as several public policies on this matter.

Keywords: Applied economic research, Science and Technology, Innovation, Public policies

Instituto Igarapé // Research, Justice & Security

Instituto Igarapé


Field: Human Rights, Technology, Urban Planning, Public Policies, Research, Justice and Security, Security and Conflict Prevention, Migration and Refuge, Climate Change
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) Weather adn safety (focus on the Amazon Forest) (ii) gun violence (iii) building peace and (iv) safer cities.

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

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

Museu Sergipano // Culture and Arts & Languages

Museu da Gente Sergipana
 
Field: Culture and Arts, Languages
Location: Aracaju, Sergipe - Northeastern Brazil
Portuguese Level: Intermediary Portuguese preferred

Founded in 2011, the Museu da Gente Sergipana (Museum of the People from Sergipe) is a modern, technological and interactive museum, which celebrates the culture and history of the state of Sergipe and its people. This Museum is recognized as one of the top 10 museums in Brazil regarding its infrastructure and number of visitors.

Keywords: History; Culture; Language.

 

 

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 StudyDesign, Business Intelligence, Operations, Marketing, Data science, Technology, Social Media

 

Nexo is a digital-only news outlet in Brazil, based in São Paulo, launched in November 2015. We produce news that provide accurate explanations and balanced interpretations of the main facts of Brazil and the world. Nexo is committed to bringing journalism substantiated by rigor, accurate information and data, with plural perspectives and sources to its audience. We explore all the possibilities of the digital platform with a unique approach, using a diversity of formats such as infographics, interactive material, videos and podcasts, putting the user experience at the center of our production. Nexo’s journalists present relevant topics in clear, pluralistic and independent ways to stimulate and contribute to improve the quality of public debate in the country.

To prepare the content published by the newspaper, we largely rely on research by academic institutions and organizations recognized as reference in their specific areas, as well as on interviews with experts. 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

Paço do Frevo // Culture and Arts & Museum

Paço do Frevo
 
Field: Culture and Arts, Museum
Location: Recife - Northeastern Brazil
Portuguese Level: Basic Portuguese preferred

Paço do Frevo is a cultural space dedicated to preserve, disseminate and strengthen “Frevo” culture, a dance and musical style recognized as Brazilian Intangible Cultural, in 2007, by Iphan, and Intangible Cultural Heritage, in 2012, by Unesco. As one of the most representative cultural expressions in the world, Frevo was born in the late nineteenth century and became one of the most typical and exuberant Carnival expressions in Brazil. In this sense, Paço do Frevo, was designed to be the "House of Frevo", and offers a series of courses, artistic concerts and cultural exchange activities, in order to lead the Frevo atmosphere to as many places as they can. The initiative believes that popular culture is a way to express relevant questions related to music, art, dance, aesthetics, identity and social and political issues.

Keywords: Art; Culture; Dance.

 

 

Pointer // Industry, Technology & Design

Pointer

Field: Industry, Technology, Design
Location: Maceió, Alagoas - Northeastern Brazil
Portuguese Level: Intermediary Portuguese preferred

Pointer is the most modern and most sustainable ceramic tile factory in Brazil. Its main goal is to allow people to build and renovate by accessing high quality products. The products are created with the latest technology innovation, in a lean and wastefree operation, thus applying natural resources into living spaces, without neglecting the concern for the environment. These characteristics allowed the brand to consolidate and to be innovative.

Keywords: Ceramic; Technology; Innovation.

 

 

Porto Digital Technology Park // Technology, Business & Research

Porto Digital Technology Park

Field: Technology, Business, Research
Location: Recife, Pernambuco - Northeastern Brazil
Portuguese Level: Intermediate Portuguese preferred

Porto Digital is an open and urban technology park that was born in 2000 in Recife, Pernambuco. It is managed by “Núcleo de Gestão do Porto Digital”, a Social Organization and a private non-profit institution, accredited by the State and Municipal Government to implement non-exclusive public policies. Its purpose is to create a world class cluster of technological development and innovation in ICTs and Creative Economy, besides regenerating the empty and degraded historical urban fabric of the city.

Keywords: Technology; Innovation; Companies.

 

 

República.org // Social Entrepreneurship, Government & Public Policies.

República.org
 

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

 

República.org is a non-profit, nonpartisan, and non-corporate association that relies on data and analysis to invest in qualification, recognition, and network-building for excellent people working within the Brazilian public sector. Our goal is to build capacity and increase effectivity of public services in Brazil.

 

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

Sinal do Vale // Education, Health, Environment, Social Entrepreneurship & Sustainability

Sinal do Vale

Field: Education, Health, Environment, Social Entrepreneurship, Sustainability
Location: Rio de Janeiro - Southeastern Brazil
Portuguese Level: No Portuguese necessary, basic Portuguese preferred.
Preferred Student Field of Study: Environmental Science, Communications

Sinal do Vale is a center for the regeneration of ecosystems, communities, and individuals. We inspire relationships and learning experiences through our projects, hospitality services, and educational programs. Our campus is located 50 km from downtown Rio de Janeiro in the buffer zone between the urban sprawl of Rio and some of the last remaining protected areas of the Atlantic Forest (Mata Atlantica).

We prototype solutions to regenerate food systems, forests, soil, and communities. We also host events, conferences, and retreats for organizations who also believe that the places in which we meet affect the quality and impact of our conversations.

Internship Description:

We offer interns the opportunity to be immersed in a variety of projects related to sustainability - including reforestation, organic agriculture, waste management in the community, environmental education and social entrepreneurship. Depending on the abilities of the students, they can support our work through project writing, communications and social media, monitoring our sustainability initiatives, and helping building international partnerships. All interns can get their hands dirty by working in the gardens, planting trees, learning about bio-construction, food processing fruits of the forest, among other daily tasks.

Keywords: Sustainability

Tiradentes Innovation Center // Technology, Business & Education

Tiradentes Innovation Center

Field: Technology, Business, Education
Location: Aracaju, Sergipe - Northeastern Brazil.
Portuguese Level: Intermediary Portuguese preferred

Founded in 2019, the Tiradentes Innovation Center holds a modern and technological infrastructure and seeks to strengthen the startup and entrepreneurship environment in Sergipe. The center focuses on contributing to the future of education in Brazil through creativity, technology and research.

Keywords: Innovation; Education; Startups; Entrepreneurship.

 

 

TNH Health // Technology, Public Health, Early Childhood & Mental Health

TNH Health

Field: Technology, Public Health, Early Childhood, Mental Health
Location: São Paulo - Southeastern Brazil
Portuguese Level: Basic Portuguese 

We are a VC-backed digital health company focused on educating and monitoring under-served populations in Brazil using AI-powered virtual health assistants. While we've previously worked in the areas of maternity and chronic diseases, we are now focusing almost exclusively on our new product for Mental Health called Vitalk. Vitalk consists of a virtual health assistant that converses with users on a variety of topics, such as depression, anxiety, stress, sleep, relationships and other issues. Vitalk also counts on a team of psychotherapists who provide chat-based therapy to users. The idea behind Vitalk is to make mental health more available for low and middle income patients; indeed our offering has been shown to be just as effective as in-person or video-therapy, but it is 5X less expensive. We sell Vitalk programs/services to both Private and Public sector and B2C. We've won awards from Grand Challenges Canada, Google.Org, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. We even have some clients in the US. We are now focusing on scaling our innovation both within and outside Brazil.

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

Trakto // Technology, Digital Marketing

Trakto

Field: Technology, Digital Marketing
Location: Maceió, Alagoas - Northeastern Brazil
Portuguese Level: Intermediary Portuguese preferred

Founded in August 2013, Trakto is a platform that helps entrepreneurs and small businesses owners to create digital marketing materials in a much easier way. In this sense, the platform offers services such as e-books creation; posting templates for social networks; and integrated presentations with track and analysis of the number of views and download statistics. The company currently has over 800 national and international customers and is known to be Brazil's main tool for creating templates.

Keywords: Technology, Digital Marketing, Innovation.

 

 

Usina Coruripe // Industry, Technology, Energy, Environment

Usina Coruripe

Field: Industry, Technology, Energy, Environment
Location: Maceió, Alagoas - Northeastern Brazil
Portuguese Level: Intermediary Portuguese preferred

Usina Coruripe is one of the largest producers of sugar, alcohol and energy in Brazil. In 2016, the company received the title of TCH (Ton of Sugar Cane per Hectare) productivity twice, when it overcame 14 million tons of ground cane. The company aims to produce its goods safely and sustainably while ensuring product quality through advanced processes.

Keywords: Sugar; Ethanol; Energy; Technology.

 

 

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.