The Inter-American Foundation (IAF) is a small, US government agency with a mission of identifying, supporting, and partnering with the poor, their enterprises and grassroots organizations to create and build thriving communities. We accomplish this by investing in community-led development, directly engaging local leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs in underserved areas to create more prosperous, peaceful, and democratic communities.
We currently fund about 300 projects in 24 countries across Latin America and the Caribbean. Across this diverse portfolio, we support about 35 community-based tourism projects from Mexico to Argentina. In March, we held our first IAF Community-based Tourism Encuentro for all of our CBT grantees to virtually come together and discuss challenges that they face and actions they have taken during the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the major next steps that came from the encuentro was the desire to establish a network of IAF grantees that work in CBT, so that they can become better connected and have more opportunities for mutual support.
The intern will be asked to work about 10 hours per week, sometimes more, sometimes less, and assist with follow-up with grantees and to assess and organize our CBT portfolio. We would like to map all CBT grantees by focus area and geography (not necessarily making a map, but have a spreadsheet of location, focus area, activities, etc. ). Other activities may include:
- Help grantees develop a network website
- Make a Story Map that includes all grantees in the network (Story Map ideas could be simply showcasing the grantees, or a story related to how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected them)
- Write a blog and/or other social media posts
- Work on other projects
IAF internships are not paid. Interns get experience working in grassroots development at a mission-driven foundation. All IAF staff/interns are currently remote and all interns have the opportunity to virtually meet foundation representatives, program staff assistants, and other staff who have decades of international development experience. Interns are encouraged to make time for informational interviews or virtual coffees with staff to learn more about what we do. The CBT intern will have the opportunity to meet and work with a number of grassroots organizations working in CBT throughout the Americas. We will work with the selected intern to determine if they are able to receive credit for the internship and/or write a class paper or publishable manuscript at the end of the internship.
- Fluency in English and Spanish
- Interest and experience in CBT and/or natural resource management
- Strong organizational skills
- Strong writing skills
- Ability to work about 10 hours per week
- Ability to work independently
- Graduate student preferred
Fill out the application on the application page and submit as instructed.
On the application form under OFFICE PREFERENCE, select ONLY ‘Office of Programs.’
This internship has flexible start and end dates.
Please note, interns will have to go through a background check.
Application deadline is April 10.
If you have any questions, please contact Ginger Deason, Foundation Representative for Ecuador and Guatemala at firstname.lastname@example.org