Internship Directorate – Montevideo



Soomin Kim 

Country: Republic of Korea
Funded by: The Korean Ministry of the Environment for International Environmental Expert Training Program
Period: February to July 2019


Helen Gutiérrez 

Country: USA & Costa Rica
Funded by: Christianson Grant, InterExchange Foundation
Period: September 7, 2018 – March 14, 2019

“This internship was a great opportunity for me to learn about international environmental governance and how intergovernmental organizations operate. During my time at the IAI, I worked primarily alongside the Deputy Executive Director on Capacity-Building and Fundraising activities. Most of my work consisted in drafting grant pre-proposals and project concept notes, researching potential capacity building activities, and exploring opportunities to build new partnerships with different funding agencies and organizations. One of the highlights of my experience was the chance to participate in the Science Diplomacy training as part of the CILAC 2018 activities which was a great learning and networking experience for me. I’m grateful and appreciative of the learning opportunities that I’ve had through the IAI and the mentorship that I’ve experienced while here.“

Joy Kim

Eunjung Joy Kim

Country: Republic of Korea
Funded by the Korean Ministry of the Environment
Period: February to July 2018

“A once in a lifetime experience for me! I got to learn how international organizations work behind the scenes: every morning I would compile a list of global change related articles and distribute it to colleagues; made visual materials for our social media platforms; organized the pre-proposals that were sent for the Small Grant Program; and worked hard on the preparation of our Conference of the Parties in Guatemala with the logistics team. All my colleagues would highly appreciate my work and assistance. I sincerely thank all of the people who have made my life in Montevideo so valuable and unforgettable.”


Lourdes Ginart

Country: USA
Funded by:
– The University of Oregon’s Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies
– Tinker Foundation Fieldwork Grant
– Society of Women Geographer’s Evelyn L. Pruitt National Minority Fellowship
Period: August 27 to Septiembre 22, 2018


“My IAI internship was a great experience. The Directorate team is very supportive and provided me with priceless mentorship concerning my internship and academic goals, as well as professional development. Working alongside the Deputy Executive Director, I wrote project summaries for potential grants and funding opportunities, and explored possibilities for new partnerships and projects. I also experienced some of IAI’s capacity-building activities through participation and observation in seed grant trainings and workshops. In my capacity, I also researched best practices and theory concerning science diplomacy at IAI, as well as the interactions of IAI in the science-policy interface. Through this internship, I strengthened my proposal writing skills, social networking abilities, and qualitative research skills.”