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Graduate Assistantships: Latin America and Caribbean Program

The Latin America and Caribbean Program is seeking a qualified graduate student for the 2017-2018 session. The program strives to support transparent, accountable, and inclusive democratic governance for the benefit of citizens across the Western Hemisphere. Projects aim to promote democracy and human rights; strengthen capacities to prevent the escalation of socio-political conflicts into full-fledged crises; assist post-conflict transition; and improve overall democratic governance in Latin American and the Caribbean.

After more than fifty-two years of civil war, the Government of Colombia (GoC) and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People’s Army (FARC-EP) signed a peace accord in Cartagena on September 26, 2016. Six days later, on October 2nd, Colombians voted NO in a plebiscite to reject that peace accord. President Santos, the FARC-EP and the opposition voices that rejected the original agreement have revisited the negotiations and forged a new agreement, incorporating the concerns of the opposition. The new agreement was made public on November 13, and signed in Bogota on November 24, 2016. Furthermore, in February 2017, the GoC announced the beginning of a public negotiation and agenda with the National Liberation Army (ELN), the last active guerrilla in Colombia, after two years of informal negotiations. The Carter Center’s Latin America and Caribbean Program has made several important contributions to the peace process to date, and is committed to continue supporting Colombia as it implements the peace agreement to build a lasting peace.

The graduate assistant will monitor and report on the implementation of the peace accords with the FARC-EP, and the developments in the talks with the ELN. The graduate assistant will also conduct a research project that applies the lessons learned of the implementation of the Central American Peace Process that brought three civil wars to peaceful resolution in the 1990s with the assistance of the United Nations, the Organization of American States, and other governments both inside and outside the hemisphere, while also investigating the applicability of other cases (such as Ireland, East Timor, Sierra Leone, etc.). Finally, the graduate assistant will collaborate with the Latin America and Caribbean Program team to support their work in the oversight and verification of the implementation of certain clauses of the peace accords, as identified by the parties in the final peace agreement.


  • Currently enrolled graduate or doctoral student who has completed at least two semesters of academic coursework in a master’s or post-master’s level program
  • A 20 hour per week commitment for a period of 9-12 months
  • Must demonstrate analytical capabilities and strong writing skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A command of Spanish at a native or non-native fluency level is preferred.
  • A currently enrolled graduate, post-graduate, or doctoral student who is in good standing in Latin American Politics, International Relations, or Comparative Politics with a focus on Latin America.
  • Coursework that demonstrates mastery of Latin American Politics, as well as research methods
  • Familiarity with Colombia and Conflict Resolution studies

Compensation: $14/ hour

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Graduate Assistantships

(August Start)
Application Open: Feb. 1-March 30

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