Experiencia Buenos Aires Internacional

NOTE:  This internship is available only to students who will enter their junior or senior year in fall 2017, or to students who will be enrolled in a Stanford graduate program in fall 2017.  Students entering their sophomore year in fall 2017 are not eligible to apply. 

FSI Faculty Mentor:

Beatriz Magaloni, Senior Fellow, FSI, Associate Professor, Political Science

About Experiencia Buenos Aires Internacional:

Experiencia Buenos Aires Internacional (EBAI) is an internship and cultural exchange program aimed at young talent worldwide which takes place each year between June and August in Buenos Aires.  EBAI provides outstanding students an opportunity to enhance their own skills and academic knowledge by working for the Government of the City of Buenos Aires. 

In addition to the internship described under “project” below, EBAI participants  meet with a variety of government officials in charge of policies being implemented across Buenos Aires.  Participants also take part in cultural activities intended to introduce them to the city.  For example, government meetings and cultural activities might include exposure to the city legislature, waste recycling, art museums, theaters, parks, policing, emergency medical services, and related municipal and cultural organizations.

EBAI participants are current BA and MA students between the ages of 18 and 32, with working knowledge of Spanish and a strong interest in public policy.  In 2016, the first year of the program, 28 people participated from 14 countries, including Brazil, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States and Venezuela. 

Project:

The FSI intern will be placed in an internship within an office of the City of Buenos Aires.  The specific internship will be selected to fit the student’s profile.  In 2016, some of the city offices that hosted interns included:  investments; smart city; entrepreneurship and creative economies; strategic management and institutional quality; open government and innovation; environmental protection; health; urban development and transport; tourism, and international trade.

Interns will work in an area of municipal policy, investigating the status of a policy, diagnosing problems, designing new policies, evaluating existing policies and monitoring implementation. 

EBAI will provide a mentor to facilitate the student’s experience.  Participants will be expected to prepare a final report on their activities. 

Eligibility and Skills Required:

The internship is open to continuing students who will enter their junior or senior year, or be in enrolled in a Stanford graduate program, in fall 2017.  (Students entering their sophomore year in fall 2017 are not eligible.)  All applicants must be in good academic standing with a GPA of 3.3 or higher. Applicants from any department may apply.

Additional Requirements:

  • Superior research and analytical skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong time management and organizational skills
  • Strong interest in public policy
  • Strong interest in municipal-level issues and policy making
  • Interest in one or more of the likely areas of work (see above)

Language Requirement:

Spanish.  Minimum requirement is equivalent to level B1 of the Common European Framework of References for Languages, or the “advanced low” level of proficiency on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages oral proficiency scale.   Stanford students typically reach this level of fluency after six or seven quarters of Spanish language instruction. 

Location:

The internship is located in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Visa Requirements:

Student must be eligible to travel to Argentina and must have a passport valid until at least March 2018. Some interns may need a visa, depending on their nationality. The intern is responsible for determining whether or not a visa is required. 

Stipend:

FSI is committed to providing its opportunities to students regardless of financial constraints. FSI’s Global Policy Fellows are provided with a stipend to cover travel and living expenses during the summer. These stipends average $6,400 per student. Students must submit a budget with their estimated costs along with their application. If you have additional financial constraints that you think may prevent you from participating in this program, please contact Katie Kuruc.

Special Notes:

This internship will begin on approximately June 19, 2017 and conclude on approximately September 19, 2017.

Up to three finalists for this position will be asked to translate their resume and application into Spanish and to provide proof of Spanish language proficiency.

Up to three finalists for this position will also be asked to provide two reference letters from faculty members and/or professional colleagues.

EBAI will require the selected intern to sign a contract and provide some personal information (e.g. passport, proof of health insurance, return airline ticket, etc.).

Application:

Applicants will be asked to submit:

  • Application Form
  • Name of faculty reference (letter of recommendation is not required)
  • CV/Resume
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Budget