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IIP-Asociación Civil por la Igualdad y la Justicia (IIP-IN Argentina, Puentes Abroad)
Buenos Aires, Argentina (Outgoing Program)
|Partner Institution/Organization Homepage:||Click to visit|
|Restrictions:||Princeton applicants only|
|Dept Offering Program:||IIP, International Internship Program (IIP)||Program Type:||Internship|
|Language Prerequisite:||No||Program Features:||Community Service, Field Work, Intensive Language, Research|
|Degree Level:||2 First year Ugrad, 3 Sophomore, 4 Junior||Time Away:||Summer|
|Housing options:||Student Responsibilty with support from IIP and/or Host Organization||Program Group:||International Internship Program|
Asociación Civil por la Igualdad y la Justicia (ACIJ) (Civil Association for Equality and Justice) (IIP-IN Argentina, Puentes Abroad)
About:This internship site is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to defending the rights of the most disadvantaged groups in Argentine society and strengthening Argentina’s democracy. The nonprofit defends the effective enforcement of the Argentine constitution and promotes compliance with the laws that protect disadvantaged groups, while aiming to eradicate discriminatory practices and contribute to the development of participatory and deliberative democracy practices. Founded in 2002, the organization consists of a core group of professionals and an Honorary Council of distinguished professors, including Martin Bohmer, Owen Fiss, Alejandro Garro, and Catalina Smulovitz. In order to achieve its mission, the organization utilizes litigation to enforce human rights, monitors compliance with state obligations, conducts budget analysis to demand fair distribution of resources, researches and monitors government practices, and generates innovative tools that promote transparency and citizen participation through communication technology.
Intern Responsibilities: The intern will assume the position of Research Intern, working alongside the organizations' staff of lawyers on economic, social, and cultural rights, disability and human rights, or democratic institution strengthening. Responsibilities will include legal research, data collection, and fieldwork. The specific internship project will be confirmed according to the intern’s interests and skills and the organizations current projects.
Qualifications: IIP candidates with interests in law, civil and human rights, public policy, sociology, and democracy are encouraged to apply. Advanced Spanish is necessary. Proactive and excellent research and writing skills would be an asset.
Previous work experience (in the words of a past IIP intern):
Civil and Human Rights Research Intern: The organization was great because it had five different sub-departments so I was able to move around and work in different areas and indicate which ones interested me most. I liked that it was relatively large in size, and also was very flexible, and had a really great communal spirit (the staff had lunch together everyday). I've learned a lot about how different human rights issues are tackled in Argentinian society. I've learned about the difficulties of working with a government that sometimes resists accountability, and of working within a bureaucracy that can be inefficient, corrupt, or negligent to the needs of its marginalized sector. // Project Work: I have been able to participate in field work by attending meetings, workshops, and mapping sessions in the actual slums, as well as work on more theoretical/academic work by 1) completing a report comparing their ‘Caminos de la Villa’ program to other similar platforms, and providing recommendations on how CDLV can improve in comparison with others. And 2) I've begun working on a report that consolidates various UN committee recommendations related to human rights and government budget into a report, dividing into subsections that identify themes and the various ways the budgetary argument can be used in human rights cases. In addition, I've also helped them translate several grant applications and memorandums.
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