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WOLA Internship, Carman Testimony '21

Louisa Carman

The Latin American and Latino Studies program, in partnership with the Lang Center and The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA, located in DC), were able to offer a summer internship for a Swarthmore student to work at WOLA, which is a leading research and advocacy organization advancing human rights in the Americas.

With the support of the Lang Center’s Social Impact Summer Scholarships, Louisa Carman ’21, Political Science major, was able to work at WOLA (remotely due to COVID-19), and contribute to their efforts of promoting human rights, social justice, and democracy in Latin America.

Read Louisa’s reflection of her experience:

As an intern for WOLA’s Mexico/Migration and Citizen Security programs, I got an in-depth look at how human rights issues in Latin America are translated into policy advocacy and action in D.C. WOLA is a small organization with a wide network of partners, which made it possible for me to hear directly from people such as lawyers at migrant shelters in southern Mexico when I was researching a policy memo on access to asylum in Mexico. I also got to see how the experts at WOLA work to share information from their partners on the ground and center human rights concerns in their interactions with members of Congress. For instance, I was able to help with some of the background research for WOLA’s commentary on corruption in the selection of judges to Guatemala’s Constitutional Court, which was one of the first English-language publications on this topic. Through these invaluable experiences at WOLA, I not only deepened my knowledge of some of the most pressing issues in Mexico and Central America but also connected with the international network of people who are working to change U.S. policies on these fronts.

Read Louisa’s piece published on WOLA’s website: “Tren maya avanza durante el encierro por el COVID-19

Are you interested in this internship? Contact the program coordinator, Nanci Buiza. The internship at WOLA is unpaid and students must apply for and receive the Lang Center’s Social Impact Summer Scholarship for support.