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Graduate Assistantships: Latin America and Caribbean Program

  • Mexico and the Northern Triangle countries of Central America – Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador – have seen increasing levels of violence linked to organized crime, corruption, and militarization in the last ten years. Above, pedestrians stroll down a busy market street in Santa Cruz del Quiché, Guatemala. (Photo: The Carter Center)

The Carter Center's Latin America and Caribbean Program (LACP) is seeking a qualified graduate student for the 2019-2020 session. The program strives to support transparent, accountable, and inclusive democratic governance for the benefit of citizens across the Western Hemisphere. LACP’s programming is designed with a strong, continued commitment to gender mainstreaming to promote gender equality, complemented by targeted interventions and activities within all the programmatic components to ensure gender equality and women’s empowerment, particularly where there are glaring instances of persistent discrimination of women.

The LACP graduate assistant will support the program with research that provides in-depth analysis of organizations and ongoing activities working on the promotion of gender equality in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), identifying new niches where LACP’s expertise can contribute further to the achievement of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Goal 5 (SDG 5): Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls — as well as to the promotion of the implementation of the Women, Peace, and Security UN Agenda.

Specifically, the graduate assistant will provide the following research outputs:

  • Evaluate the progress of SDG 5 in LAC, identifying countries and targets that are lagging and require special attention, with a focus on selected SDG 5 targets
  • Evaluate the status of the implementation of the UN Women, Peace, and Security Agenda in LAC
  • Map all organizations (International, Regional, National, Non-Government and Civil Society Organizations) that worked on selected SDG 5 targets, as well as on the implementation of the UN Women, Peace, and Security Agenda
  • Map those organizations portfolios
  • Identify and map gaps between organizations working on targets and the implementation of the UN Women, Peace, and Security Agenda, and the progress of that implementation
  • Based on gaps analyzed, identify possibilities for further engagement in initiatives that contribute to SDG 5 and the implementation of the UN Women, Peace, and Security Agenda in LAC


  • Must be a currently enrolled graduate, post-graduate, or doctoral student in good standing in Gender Studies and Latin American Politics, International Relations, or Comparative Politics with a focus on Latin America
  • Analytical capabilities and strong writing skills

Preferred qualifications:

  • Coursework demonstrates mastery of Gender Studies and Latin American Politics, as well as research methods
  • A command of both English and Spanish at a native or non-native fluency level

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Assistantship Deadlines

Apply for a Carter Center Graduate Assistantship

The 2021-22 graduate assistantship application opens on Feb. 5, 2021 and closes on April 8, 2021.

Program: 9-12 MONTHS
(August start)

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