About the MPACS program

MPACS students The Master of Peace and Conflict Studies (MPACS) is an interdisciplinary professional program. The MPACS program explores the potential of civil society to advance peace through principled advocacy, effective programming, and dynamic engagement with the state and marketplace. MPACS students will be equipped with interdisciplinary knowledge and practical skills of peace building. The MPACS students are prepared for internships in public, private or non-profit sectors to work as agents of peaceful change at community, institutional, and systematic levels.

About the internship

The MPACS internship program prepares students with the knowledge and practical skills needed to contribute to nonviolent peace building efforts. An internship in the MPACS program combines scholarly reflection with experience and should invigorate, prepare, and mobilize a student to be a more active global citizen guided by the values of global engagement, life-long learning, and compassionate service. MPACS interns should not only provide specific services to their host organization (job description), but also be exposed formally and/or informally to how their host organization relates to the rest of society.

Requirements of the partner/host

  • Clear internship/job description with an indication of expected tasks and at least one or two specific outcomes. PACS Interns can provide not only specific volunteer-like service, but also offer research and critical thinking/conceptual skills to their hosts.
  • At least 50 working days (350-400 hours).
  • Exposure to the partner/host's internal structures and dynamics and how the organization functions within the state-civil society-market conceptual framework of society. This could mean exposure to management meetings, visioning sessions, or board or committee meetings or the ability to meet members of the board or committees. If an intern is working in a business or government agency, MPACS would hope the intern could have exposure to bodies of similar function from those contexts.
  • local mentor or guide. This person will usually be the supervisor of the intern, but may also be another appropriate person assigned by the partner/host. The mentor/guide will be requested to submit a resume or CV to the program prior to taking on this role. The mentor/guide will be expected to meet with the intern on a few specific occasions to help them understand the organization, to ascertain if the intern's goals are being met, or to suggest relevant reading materials or other enrichment activities that would enhance the intern's experience. This person would not be required to grade any of the student's work, but will be requested to submit an assessment form provided by the MPACS department at the end of the student's experience.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact Rachel Reist, MPACS Internship Coordinator.