Positions currently available at Americas Society and Council of the Americas.
- Internship, Accounting (New York)
- Internship, Development (New York)
- Internship, Membership and Programs (Miami)
- Internship, Policy (Washington, DC)
The Americas Society and Council of the Americas (AS/COA) seek a highly qualified professional for a fast-paced position as Manager in its policy department and editor of Americas Quarterly (AQ). This position reports to the senior director of policy. The selected candidate will work with the director of policy and a team of associates and interns, as well as the art director and managing editor of AQ.
The ideal candidate would have at least five years of work experience related to the Americas and to immigration issues in the United States, and possess exemplary writing, editing and proofreading skills, project management skills, knowledge of grant management, fluency in Spanish and/or Portuguese, and an ability to balance multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment.
Responsibilities are broadly split into three areas.
- Immigration and Integration Initiative. Direct the initiative, which includes managing the programmatic and financial aspects a large foundation grant that works to change the national narrative on immigration and promote immigrant integration by highlighting the economic role of immigrants in the United States. This is achieved through research and on-the-ground engagement promoting best practices of public-private partnerships on immigrant integration in New York City and in new immigrant gateway cities around the country. All responsibilities are carried out in collaboration with the immigration policy associate.
- Oversee AS/COA’s new immigrant gateway city meetings, including determining priorities for each city’s private and public events, establishing relationships with local partners, identifying and working with a local researcher, and working with the associate to execute events on the ground.
- Lead the conceptualization, drafting and production of research reports including framing the subject, working with the researcher, coordinating with partner organizations, providing editorial guidance, editing multiple rounds of the reports, and collaborating with the media team to plan press strategies and draft press releases and corresponding op-eds.
- Represent AS/COA’s Immigration Initiative within the New Cities Alliance network; provide thought leadership on the long-term strategy of the initiative going forward.
- Coordinate monthly AS/COA immigration fact sheets.
- Advance relationships with relevant congressional offices (in coordination with the DC office), national immigration advocacy groups, NYC partners such as the Mayor’s office, the Mexican government, and our local network of business, policy and community leaders across the country.
- Work with the development office (and specifically corporate relations) to identify potential funders and corporate sponsors, develop relationships and apply for funding
- Present research and roundtable findings at relevant immigration conferences.
- Americas Quarterly (AQ). Editorial obligations include overseeing departments of the journal, supporting senior staff in soliciting, editing and working with authors of feature-length articles, and assisting with content oversight for AQ Online.
- Develop article ideas and determine potential authors for articles in assigned departments.
- Reach out to potential contributors and work with authors to develop the article structure and to ensure timely content submission as well as act as a first-line editor.
- Edit online content as needed including providing editorial guidance to other team members.
- Staff Oversight. Oversee the hiring process for new interns and junior staff including vetting candidates, setting up interviews and managing their workload once on board.
- Other. Additional tasks may be added to the portfolio as new project grants are secured on other issues related to the region.
The candidate is expected to be a self-starter that can balance multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment. Skills and qualifications include:
- An MA degree in international affairs, public policy, or a related field and at least five years of combined professional experience in international public policy, with a particular focus on Latin America and the Caribbean, and in U.S. immigration policy.
- Previous editorial experience and impeccable English-language writing skills.
- A proven track record of managing multiple projects simultaneously and a demonstrated ability to work efficiently and collaboratively with both junior- and senior-level colleagues.
- Knowledge of Washington, DC and U.S. government offices and functions.
- Comprehensive knowledge of political, economic and social issues in Latin America as well as local and national immigration policy and immigrant integration issues.
- A demonstrated ability to manage foundation grants and to liaise with foundation representatives.
- Awareness of and contacts with research institutes and universities in the hemisphere.
- Previous experience engaging with public and private sector policy leaders.
We are an EOE and offer competitive compensation commensurate with experience, as well as outstanding benefits including excellent health and dental plans, vacation, and a generous 401(k) retirement plan.
Application Submission: Please e-mail a cover letter and resume to Kate Brick at email@example.com by Friday, April 10th. No phone calls please.
Americas Society and Council of the Americas is seeking a student intern for the accounting department to work for approximately 15 to 20 hours per week. This position offers a college student an excellent opportunity to gain valuable practical experience while interning in an accounting department of two leading not-for-profit organizations. The pay rate for this position is $12 per hour.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Assist the Controller and Accounting Supervisor with regular accounting activity, including monthly closings.
- Maintain detailed grant schedules according.
- Reconcile program activity for the organizations.
- Assist in performing monthly bank reconciliations.
- Prepare journal entries.
- Post transactions to general ledger.
- Reconciliation of various balance sheet and income statement accounts.
- Assist with annual year-end audit, preparing information schedules and providing documentation that is requested by auditors.
- Assist in the updating and reconciling monthly investment activity from the various investment managers of the Society’s endowment fund.
- Provide assistance in entering Accounts Payable invoices into MIP accounting software.
- Filing of paid invoices.
- Help in producing and distributing monthly financial/budget reports to all departments.
- Prepare details of expenses for various policy and culture grants.
- Perform all other job-related duties as assigned.
- Part-time approximately 20 hours per week. This is a paid internship.
- Monday through Friday availability is required.
- At least 2 years of college or university pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Accounting or Finance.
- Excellent computer skills, especially with MS Office (Excel, PowerPoint and Word). Familiarity with Sage MIP Fund Accounting software a plus.
- Strong attention to detail.
- Ability to multi-task in a small department and work independently.
- Strong verbal, written, and organizational skills.
- Fluency in Spanish a plus.
Application Submission: Please send your resume and cover letter to William Ma at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Americas Society seeks a paid intern to support our grant-application process for our cultural and policy programs, our multi-tiered individual membership program, and our Young Professionals of the Americas (YPA) initiative. As an integral part of the Development Department, the intern will work closely with the team developing grant proposals, implementing our membership renewal strategy, digital communications/outreach and database projects, while learning the operational side of development, engaging with the public, and gaining exposure to leading figures and trends in the region at AS/COA programs in New York. This is a paid internship.
- Support the Development team in prospective research of grant opportunities and the preparation of grant applications.
- Assist in the implementation of the membership renewal strategy including the creation of renewals in print and digital.
- Conduct prospect research for our elite membership program President’s Circle.
- Assist in the creation and design of membership outreach tools (including social media), as well as additional communication materials such as quarterly cultural calendars, member newsletters, and email appeals.
- Assist in the coordination of select members-only receptions/events and partnerships with outside organizations.
- Actively promote membership at events (registration/post-event receptions): engage visitors, increase awareness of the membership program, promote the value of membership, and sell memberships.
- Assist in the implementation of an audience survey and in the treatment of the data collected in multiple cultural events.
- Assist with additional administrative tasks in the Development Department, including updating the Raiser’s Edge database with historical data and the drafting of gift acknowledgement letters.
- At least 3 months, minimum 20 hours/week.
- Flexibility to attend select morning or evening events and programs.
- Recent graduate or currently enrolled for at least 2 years in an undergraduate or graduate program.
- Takes-initiative self-starter who can manage multiple tasks simultaneously and easily switch between varying projects with competence and a positive attitude.
- Knowledge of Photoshop, Raiser’s Edge, and HTML a plus.
- Exceptional English-language writing skills.
- Knowledge of Spanish and/or Portuguese a plus.
- Strong analytical, organizational, and time-management skills.
Application Submission: Please send your resume and cover letter to Felipe Marin, email@example.com. Please include “Development Internship” in the subject line. Note that only those candidates who will be considered for an interview will be contacted. The pay rate for this internship is $12 per hour.
Americas Society and Council of the Americas (AS/COA) is seeking a student intern for the Miami office to focus on research for membership and programs. Our interns have unique exposure to the policy dialogue in Miami among business, community, and government leaders and are able to contribute to this dialogue by helping to run the seminars and meetings organized by AS/COA Miami.
- Researching and identifying prospects for membership with the COA, in South Florida as well as throughout Latin America
- Performing market research on current and prospective members and preparing company profiles
- Generating reports and queries as well as facilitating maintenance of our database
- Writing briefing papers on relevant topics for programs
- Providing logistical support and assisting with outreach for public and private programs
- 15-20 hours per week. University credit is offered for this internship.
- Flexibility to cover programs that take place early morning or evening
- At least 2 years of college or university
- Excellent English writing skills
- Strong written and spoken Spanish, Portuguese a plus
- Exceptional research skills
- Facility with databases
- Must be detail-oriented
- Ability to work on a variety of projects and to prioritize
- Curiosity and an eagerness to contribute to a small team
Application Submission: Please send your resume and cover letter to Madeleine Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Council of the Americas, Washington, D.C.
Key areas of focus during the internship will be:
- Providing logistical support for policy events and working groups, including interacting with COA corporate members
- Writing for the COA website, primarily program summaries
- Notetaking at events and meetings
- Staying current on trends, country-specific information, and business issues in the region.
- Administrative tasks
- Assisting with research for reports, op-eds, and background papers
- Editing and fact-checking
- Attending policy meetings
- At least 2 years of college or university
- Fluency in English and high proficiency or fluency in Spanish
- Exceptional English-language writing skills
- Exceptional research skills
- Ability to identify and summarize key points of articles and meetings
- Knowledge of political and economic issues in Latin America
- Background in international relations, political science, or a similar program of study
- Ability to work on a variety of projects and to prioritize
- Demonstrated organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills
- Previous office experience
Time Requirement: Minimum of 20 hours/week.
Application Submission: Please email cover letter, resume and a 1-2 page English writing sample, preferably on a topic related to COA's work, to Kezia McKeague at email@example.com. In your cover letter, please explain why you are a good fit for the position. Please include “Policy Internship” in the subject line and specify if you are applying for a spring, summer, or fall position. No phone calls. Only candidates selected to interview will be contacted.