Venezuela Congressional Fellowship 2020

Atlantic Council Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Government
  • Experience
    Internship / Early Career
  • Apply by
    Jul-24-2020
  • Posted
    Jul 15

Position description

The Atlantic Council’s Venezuela Congressional Fellowship program aims to establish a bipartisan conversation among US Congressional staff on Venezuela’s multi-dimensional crisis and options for a transition and post-transition. It further harnesses constructive conversation and connections with Latin American and European Union (EU) Parliament legislators. The program seeks to foster long-term engagement on Venezuelan issues and encourage relevant stakeholders to evaluate the impact of US foreign policy and of the international community toward Venezuela. Moreover, this initiative focuses on leading US bipartisan discussions by convening and connecting US congressional staff, EU legislators, high-level international experts on Venezuelan issues, as well as diverse voices from Venezuelan civil society.

 

Details

 

The Venezuela Congressional Fellowship is a non-partisan program that establishes relationships between US congressional staff, Venezuelan political and civil society leaders, as well as the Atlantic Council’s larger community, which includes leading experts on Venezuela; and Latin America and EU legislators. Through the non-residential and unpaid fellowship, staff members will take part in five (5) off-the-record master classes (August, September, October, December, January) led by experts and guest speakers to discuss critical issues related to the Venezuelan crisis including but not limited to:

 

  • Peacebuilding: The role and opportunities of the US in the transition
  • Geopolitics: Understanding the Role of Foreign Actors in Venezuela
  • International Security: Armed Forces & Irregular Groups in Venezuela
  • Humanitarian Crisis and the Regional Migration Crisis
  • Information Operations: Amplifying Polarization in Venezuela and Latin America

 

The program also provides fellows with privileged access to select Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center events and connects fellows with host institution experts for briefings, and background meetings. The fellowship includes a capstone virtual trip to the European Union Parliament, where staff members will have meetings with representatives from the EU, other political actors, and civil society. The US congressional fellows will have the opportunity to work with their European counterparts to deepen cooperation on Venezuelan issues. Additionally, the cohort of fellows will participate in an exercise to jointly develop polling questions on Venezuela that address relevant questions for Congress. At the conclusion of the Fellowship, each participant will receive a certificate of completion.

 

Applications close July 24, 2020. Fellows will be selected through a competitive process, and the program will begin in August 2020. Please contact Angela Chavez at achavez@atlanticcouncil.org  with any questions. We encourage diversity among applicants.

Qualifications

Qualifications

  • Currently works in Congress, have at least 2 years’ experience in Congress; currently at the legislative assistant level or above
  • Professional focus or interest in Venezuela
  • Ability to participate in five virtual master classes (approximately one hour per month) and a virtual trip to meet with European legislators

Application instructions

Completed applications include:

  • A written statement (up-to 400-words) OR recorded video (maximum 2 minutes) stating interest in program. Send video to [email protected]
  • Two professional references
  • Resume