Project Code: STATE-PRY-7

Media Monitoring - Corruption in Paraguay

Project Title Media Monitoring - Corruption in Paraguay
Project Summary Look for information in public information sources (mainly online media) for stories about corruption in Paraguay, especially in the government but also in the private sector or other entities. Monitor social media for stories about corruption and share with the Embassy.
Country Paraguay
Agency Department of State
DoS Office N/A
Section PAS
Number of Interns 2
Project Description

The U.S. Embassy in Paraguay's top priority is helping Paraguayans to combat corruption in their country. In recent years, they have made headway, but they still have far to go. Many major corruption cases are pending in the judicial system and new ones are being added all the time. The Embassy has an internal tracking system for corruption cases, but is seeking help in monitoring public information sources to ensure that the tracking system is continually updated. This internship will involve monitoring online information sources for new articles about corruption cases and providing that information (in a pre-determined format) to the Embassy on a weekly basis. It will also include social media monitoring, characterizing the online conversation about transparency and corruption issues, also on a weekly basis. This internship would be perfect for a student with strong Spanish skills (especially reading) and some familiarity with Latin American political science.

Required Skills or Interests
Analytical writing
Additional Information

This is an open-ended project - you will get some guidance from the Embassy but much of the design and research will be up to you! We're looking for a self-starter who is deeply interested in Latin America and political issues. Paraguay is a fascinating case study of a relatively new democracy (1989) combating many of the issues that are common in the rest of the region. The Embassy team is committed to making this a positive experience for our interns!