Latinx and Latin American Studies Program

Internship Opportunities

Congressional District Office 2016- 2017 Semester Internship Program

The Semester Internship Program is an unpaid, educational opportunity for college students. Interns will gain invaluable work experience in a fast-paced, constituent-focused, and project-intensive office. Applicants should be students in good standing at a local college or university. Office hours are from 9am-5pm each day, Monday thru Friday and the internship will work around scheduled classes. Interns are expected to work full time during fall, winter and spring breaks, dependent on the semester, to best gain knowledge of a Congressional recess period and the speed of the office when the Congressman is typically in the district. Interns may serve in any of the district offices listed below; preference is given to individuals located within the immediate areas or upon the needs of an office.

Locations of Missouri 5th District Offices include: Independence, Higginsville and Kansas City

Duties include:
- Answering Constituent Calls
- Assist with Constituent Casework
- Learn about the inner workings of Federal Government Agencies
- Work on District-Based Projects
- Research Issues
- Attend Constituent Meetings
- Join staff at outreach events


How to Apply:
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Submit: Cover letter, Resume, and Writing Sample
Applications are to be submitted as soon as possible
Interviews will be conducted in person


Latino Heritage Internship Program

The National Park Service and Hispanic Access Foundation’s Latino Heritage Internship Program (LHIP) is designed to train young people in the skills of cultural, historical, natural resource management. The program will raise awareness of our national parks and historic sites, their accessibility and the need for the Latino community’s involvement in their preservation.

LHIP Internship:

An entry internship that focuses on career exploration and building fundamental natural resource science skills. Each LHIP Intern will receive a weekly stipend of $400 based on a 40-hour workweek, plus a commuting stipend. Local or park housing and travel expenses will be provided for out-of-state students. Interns who successfully complete 640 hours of work in one or more eligible internships and are under the age of 26 will be eligible for the Public Land Corps noncompetitive hiring authority for 120 days following the completion of the internship. Successful completion of an LHIP internship does not guarantee that the participant will be hired into a federal position.

LHIP Direct Hiring Authority Resource Assistant internship (DHA-RA):

A unique internship opportunity aiming to build a pathway to employment in the Department of Interior (DOI). DHA-RA interns will apply cultural and natural resource expertise to NPS management and build a network with federal employees throughout the internship. These rigorous internships require specialized knowledge and typically are available to upper-level undergraduate students, graduate students or recent graduates. DHA-RA interns will receive a weekly stipend of $480 based on a 40-hour workweek, plus a commuting stipend. Local or park housing and travel expenses will be provided for out-of-state students. DHA-RA interns who successfully complete the internship requirements become eligible to be non-competitively hired by the DOI for two years from the date of their degree. Successful completion of the internship does not guarantee that the participant will be hired into a federal position. 

LHIP DHA positions are currently being reviewed and pending approval. If you are interested in any of the tentative DHA projects listed below, please submit your application during the first week of January, and e-mail our LHIP Program Manager at

Basic Eligibility

  • Age 18 to 35
  • Possess US citizenship or permanent residence
  • Be enrolled in a post-secondary educational program or have graduated from college within the past year
  • Have a strong interest — or relevant experience —  in areas pertaining to — but not limited to —  history, historic preservation, public history, museum studies, archaeology, cultural interpretation, landscape architecture, anthropology or other related fields.    
  • Bilingual skills (Spanish/English) -- helpful and more needed for some positions
  • Be social media savvy!

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American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Union Scholars Program

The AFSCME Union Scholars Program is recruiting for the our 14th annual summer internship program.  The Union Scholars Program is a 10-week summer opportunity for students of color who want to join us in working for economic and social justice.  Students will be placed in the field on AFSCME organizing campaigns. They will learn the basics of one-on-one organizing conversations, building solidarity among workers, and developing leaders. The program provides housing, transportation, and a stipend of $4,000 for the summer. Students who successfully complete the program will qualify for an academic scholarship of up to $6,300 for the 2017-2018 school year.
Applicants must be college sophomores or juniors at the time of application and interview process, have a GPA of 2.5 or higher, be students of color (African-American, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian American Pacific Islander, Latino/a,) have a valid driver's license, and have a demonstrated interest in working for economic and social justice. If you have questions about the program or would like recruitment materials, please contact the Program Coordinator, Deanna Richards, at 202-429-1202 or The program is supported in part by the Jerry Wurf Memorial Fund and is a partnership with the Harvard Labor and Worklife Program.


Students who want to apply should visit and search for the Union Scholars Program.  All applications are due by February 28, 2017.


Fellowship Opportunities

Postdoctoral Fellowship – Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project

The University of Houston (UH) Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project (Recovery) seeks applications for a 2-year CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship in Data Curation for Latin American and Caribbean Studies to work in its international program to locate, preserve and disseminate the written legacy of Latinas and Latinos produced in the United States from colonial times until 1960. The fellowship is a unique and exciting opportunity to contribute to the development of a digital humanities program using Recovery's materials, as well as to gain skills and knowledge related to diversity and inclusion of minority collections and their preservation and dissemination using digital tools and digital humanities curation. This fellowship creates and supports opportunities to lead, engage or collaborate in workshops, seminars, presentations and publications.



  • Ph.D. completed within the last five years in a relevant field.
  • Practical understanding of the research process and research data lifecycle.
  • Experience with or demonstrated knowledge of digital humanities tools and platforms in teaching or research.
  • Working knowledge of technical implementation of servers, software systems, etc., for the purposes of database setup and delivery.
  • Familiarity with markup and metadata standards associated with digital humanities projects.
  • Strong interest in collaborative grant writing.
For more information please visit the following link:


Wanted: KC Startups Interested in Hiring Venture Fellows

With the support of the Kauffman Foundation, Venture for America will send recent college graduates to work at high-growth startups in Kansas City. Venture for America Fellows accepted into the Class of 2017 will attend a five-week training program in June to prepare for their roles at startups. In August 2017, Venture for America Fellows matched with startups in Kansas City will begin their two-year fellowships, serving as core members at growth companies while receiving first-hand experience in building a startup and helping Kansas City entrepreneurs expand and scale.

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Scholarship Opportunities

KC Scholars Open Applications

Applications are open for a new scholarship and college savings program to help low- and modest-income students, as well as adult learners, finance and complete a college education. Launched by the Kauffman Foundation, along with 70 community partners, KC Scholars is comprised of traditional scholarships, awards for adult learners and a college savings match. The mission of KC Scholars is to increase postsecondary education attainment in the greater Kansas City area. Applications are due March 3.

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SUROP (Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity) grants

Interested in undergraduate research opportunities and developing a relationship with a faculty mentor? SUROP (Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity) grants are available for research, scholarly or creative projects undertaken during the summer in partnership with a faculty mentor.

This is an excellent opportunity to design and research a project of interest to you.  It's a fun way to learn, and it's a stellar addition to your resume and portfolio.  You can apply for up to $1250 to spend on your project.  Plus, SUROP grants (unlike SEARCH grants) come with a tuition grant as well.  
Most students who apply are in sciences and engineering, and the committee that reviews these applications like to see more diversity in projects, which is an advantage for our program.  Also, there is an extra pool of money for students with disabilities or students who are veterans, which means your project is even more likely to be funded.

Application Deadline: Friday, March 10