Internships

Serving to learn, learning to serve

Please note that as of May 1, 2016 the course PACS 390 is changing its title from “Field Studies” to “Internship”. This is to more clearly convey what the course involves and remain current with terminology within the field of Peace and Conflict Studies. The course requirements remain the same, and the academic credit remains the same.


An internship allows students to engage in experiential learning with an organization that deals with peace and conflict issues, in either a Canadian or international context. The course integrates theory and practice, while facilitating the development of attitudes, strategies, skills, and knowledge that support work in a Peace and Conflict Studies related setting. Students will identify an appropriate placement, read relevant texts, and submit a report reflecting on what the internship revealed about the integration of peace and conflict studies theory and practice.

The Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) Internship core course (PACS 390) provides an opportunity for students to "learn by exposure," applying classroom lessons to a real-life setting. Peace practitioners know that there can be a big difference between theory and practice: encountering peace and conflict issues in real life expands horizons and challenges assumptions.

The Internship course helps integrate theory and practice, while facilitating the development of attitudes, strategies, skills and information that undergird work in a PACS-related setting. It helps students to:

  • sharpen professional skills,

  • use the knowledge gained from academic programs,

  • explore career possibilities,

  • expand critical evaluative and intellectual skills, and

  • immerse themselves in the work environment of another culture.

The Internship course is not a requirement of a PACS degree, although more than 200 students since 1985 have chosen to take this course. If you're interested in pursuing a Internship, make an appointment to discuss it with Rachel Reist, Internship Coordinator.

On some occasions, co-op students may be allowed to pursue PACS 390 credit for a work-term placement that fulfills the above principles if they complete all necessary academic work for the Internship in addition to the normal work-term report.