internship 1As a Masters of Peace and Conflict Studies (MPACS) student, you have the option of integrating applied learning into your graduate studies by completing an internship to earn a PACS 625 course credit. Internships may involve work with a civil society organization, a research agency, or some other government or business entity that works on issues related to Peace and Conflict Studies courses in a local, national, or international setting. The internship is designed to help students examine classroom theory in light of real life situations, to expand their practical skills, and to explore career possibilities related to their field.

In addition to the hands-on experience the internship will provide, students will be expected to produce a significant academic paper related to the topic or theme of the interning organization, as well as a reflective paper outlining their internship experience, the lessons learned, and the impact this has on their approach to peace and conflict studies practices.

Internships will typically be completed in the third term for full-time students, and will not be shorter than three months in length.

internshipMPACS aims to: 

  • Foster the capacity of students to understand the promise and potential of civil society to advance peace through principled advocacy, effective programming, and dynamic engagement with the state and marketplace; 
  • Educate students to be responsible, reflective and self-critical agents of peaceful change in local, national and/or global contexts.

James Janzen on internship.The goal:

The goal of an internship is to develop practical knowledge necessary for peace work in a setting in which you can observe agencies at work and be mentored to develop your own approaches.  In addition to improving your own skill base, you will be required to deepen your own research capacity by engaging in projects directed by or related to your host agency, as well as identifying linkages between the host agency and organizations performing relevant work in other sectors (i.e., government, civil society, and the marketplace).

Planning and completing your internship:

The Internship Coordinator (IC) is available to help you identify an appropriate placement, assist you as you negotiate specific aspects of the internship with the mentor in the partner organization, creation of the proposal, and can serve as a logistics advisor throughout the internship development process as well as during the time you are in the field.

James Janzen on internship.

Below are the core requirements: