Learn more about the O’Neill Global Leadership Program in Brazil

GLP in Brazil offers O'Neill graduate students the opportunity to intern in the Brazilian Federal Government in Brasília, Brazil for a summer. This program is run in partnership with the Escola Nacional de Administração Pública (ENAP). ENAP is the main school of government in Brazil - and it is where many Brazilian federal public servants study public administration and engage in professional trainings. ENAP will place selected students in internships in current Brazilian government ministries - internship placements will align with the students' backgrounds and concentrations. Previous placements have included the Ministry of the Environment, the Ministry of Education, and the Ministry of Planning, Development and Management. 

This culturally immersive internship program offers all the following features:

  • Internship placement related to your degree/interests within a ministry of the Brazilian government
  • A focused research project
  • A variety of Brazilian government site visits
  • Assistance locating affordable housing
  • On-the-ground coordinator from ENAP to support students 24/7

GLP in Brazil will be 8-10 weeks in length (June-July 2024) and students will work full-time at their assigned internship.

There is no program fee for GLP in Brazil. 

Students will be responsible for covering their flight and personal expenses (meals, transportation, etc) while on the ground in Brazil, as well as paying any tuition associated with their internship requirement. Housing is provided.

For a full breakdown of estimated cost, see the GLP Brazil fee sheet.


Students selected for this program will receive a $1,000 stipend. Students are encouraged to apply for any internal or external awards to help fund this experience. Please see our scholarship page for available funding. Students may also apply any internship stipends awarded through their admissions process to this program.

We invite applications from O’Neill graduate students in any degree who are in good academic and disciplinary standing. The Career Hub and the O’Neill International Office (OIO) will open a call for applicants each fall semester. We will select a cohort of 5 graduate students to participate in the program. Students will be asked to upload a resume, cover letter, and a letter of reccomendation from a previous supervisor, faculty member, or staff person. Students chosen who do not have basic Portuguese will be encouraged to complete a self-directed language program such as Duo-Lingo. Below is the application process timeline:

  • October 1: Applications open for all Global Leadership Programs
  • Early-mid October: Program infosessions are held - attend to learn more and ask questions
  • October 29: Applications due for this program
  • Early-Mid November: Interviews will take place
  • Late November: Students notified of acceptance into program
  • Early December: Students confirm participation in program and pay deposit

After acceptance, O’Neill will submit the selected students’ information and interests to the Escola Nacional de Administração Pública (ENAP). ENAP will then secure placements for the students in an organization related to the students’ interests and/or degree field. Students can expect to have their internship placement by the April prior to departure.

The O’Neill International Office will administer a pre-departure training and preparation process covering health, safety, security, and cultural information for students doing this program. Pre-departure group meetings will take place monthly from January-May preceding departure for the internship program. 

This program meets the guidelines for the experiential component of the students’ MPA/MSES degree.  Upon learning of their placement, students will submit their internship on the O’Neill Career site.  Students will be required to register the internship with the Career Hub and enroll in at least 0 credits of V585/E589. Students can choose to elect credit(s) for the internship; the number of credits available for the internship will be dependent on the amount of hours completed and will be assessed for tuition. All students will be asked to complete post-internship self and program evaluations.

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