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ICHEM Internship for Students at the University of Oxford

Call for Applications

The Instituto Chileno de Estudios Municipales, or ICHEM, is an interdisciplinary research centre based in Santiago, Chile. Our work is concerned with studying and promoting local economic development and decentralisation in Chile and Latin America. In doing so, ICHEM seeks to strengthen sustainable, democratic development in the region.

ICHEM is opening one 8-12 week’s internship position for Oxford University students.

ICHEM carries out three main activities:


Our three main research clusters are Management and Policy Design; Local and Regional Governance and Civil Society; and Local Economic Development. Our work is both, academic and policy-oriented. While our research is published in peer-reviewed academic journals, we also carry out projects and consultancy for government agencies, the United Nations, the Inter-American Development Bank, and others.

ICHEM is also host to the Revista Iberoamericana de Estudios Municipales (RIEM). This is an interdisciplinary academic peer-reviewed journal publishing mainly in Spanish (but also in English and Portuguese) and advancing research on local government management, territorial studies, decentralization, and subnational policies. RIEM is listed on Web of Science, the Open Academic Journals Index, among other academic indexation databases.


ICHEM runs a master’s degree in Local Government Public Administration and Territorial Development (in Temuco, Talca, and Santiago). In it, ICHEM researchers teach and supervise dissertation projects. ICHEM academics also teach courses at the undergraduate level.

Public Impact

Through our research, we advise politicians and government officials on decentralisation strategies. We also implement social programmes in local governments as well as in other state institutions whose impact have a territorial focus. ICHEM’s Regional Development Index (IDERE) has become a framework for action to politicians, policymakers and academics across Chile. A project with the University of the Republic in Uruguay and the Inter-American Development Bank is now exporting this index to other Latin American countries. Additionally, as one of the leading actors in the Latin American Open Government Network, ICHEM is also contributing to deepening citizen engagement and accountability across the region.

Internship Description and Application Details

The intern will be enrolled in a graduate course at the University of Oxford (master’s or doctoral degree) at the time of application and will at least have an intermediate level of Spanish. They will also be a dynamic, articulated and well-organised individual seeking to develop their research skills further. The intern will also have a strong interest in Latin American democratic development. Desirable additional characteristics are:

  • Previous networking and/or fieldwork experience in a Latin American country.
  • Previous experience using data management and analysis software, i.e. NVivo, Excel, SPSS, Stata, R, and/or ArcGIS.
  • Previous experience doing literature reviews and using academic literature management software.

This internship can be potentially combined with research fieldwork. Depending on the case, ICHEM would be willing to reduce the intern’s weekly workload.

While the internship is specifically designed to provide support for ICHEM’s research projects, exceptional candidates offering to advance the Instituto’s research goals with their own projects will also be considered.

They will be expected to carry out some of the following tasks depending on the project: quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis (depending on experience), literature reviews, liaising with different stakeholders (government agencies, NGOs and academics), writing reports, supporting academic events, supporting programme implementation, among others.

We are keen on receiving applications fitting all of our research clusters. However, during 2018 we particularly encourage applicants willing to contribute to a research project on the economic and social impact of key industries at the local level. The intern’s work in this project will involve the following tasks: literature review, data management using Excel and SPSS/Stata, supporting event with key stakeholders, presenting findings.

Applications can be submitted both in English or Spanish. ICHEM will support the selected candidate with US300 per month.

To apply and access further details, please enter the Summer Internship Programme through Oxford University’s CareerConnect system.