My Summer Internship in Brazil
Organized by: Kenard Dillon
EVENT DATE Jun 02, 2015
My name is Kenard Dillon and I'm a second-year student at Harvard University, studying history with a secondary field in government and a language citation in Portuguese. I'm a first-generation student and I am originally from the Navajo Nation in northern Arizona. I am currently taking the semester off, due to return to campus in August.
I have an immense, abiding interest in the existence and lessening of socioeconomic inequality; my Harvard studies focus on the history of colonization, imperialism, and revolution and their casual relationships. In particular, I am fascinated by Brazil's complex social and political history, from the onset of Portuguese colonization in 1500 to the present day. I am very keen on reading, writing, speaking and listening to Portuguese, in which I am nearly fluent after three semesters of intensive classes, working with a student mentoring program focusing on language acquisition and cultural exchange, and three weeks of on-site programming in São Paulo in January 2015.
I am spending my summer in Rio de Janeiro interning with Justiça Global (Global Justice), a Brazilian human rights NGO that monitors human rights abuses and advocates for greater accountability at the municipal, state and federal levels. My duties are to increase local and national dialog and awareness of the human rights violations currently imposed on thousands of slum residents as the region prepares for the 2016 Summer Olympics, including the deployment of the militarized Unidades de Polícia Pacificadora (Police Pacifying Units) within the favelas, curfews, travel restrictions, all which contribute to the criminalization of poverty for favela residents.
I will be in Rio from June 2-August 26, 2015, returning to Harvard for the fall semester. Fortunately, my flights are booked and paid for. Remaining expenses consist of housing, food, and transportation, as indicated. I eagerly anticipate this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and would greatly appreciate any assistance, in any amount, to help fund my internship abroad. Muito obrigado (many thanks)!!
- $2,000: Housing (hostel/sublet)
- $1,000: Food/daily living expenses
- $500: Transportation (bus, rail, cab) to and from the offices of Justiça Global