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Internships: Conflict Resolution Program

  • Interns selected by the Conflict Resolution Program facilitate programming in Africa and the Middle East to prevent and resolve conflicts and build sustainable peace in emerging democracies.

War and civil strife continue to be the most significant impediments to sustainable development and basic human rights. Devastation from such conflicts has impoverished countries in every region, in many cases wiping out the achievements of decades of development. The Conflict Resolution Program focuses on preventing, resolving, and ending armed conflict. Much of the program's work revolves around regularly monitoring many of the world's armed conflicts in an attempt to better understand their histories, the primary actors involved, the issues presently in dispute, and the efforts being made to resolve them. When a situation arises in which President Carter has a unique role to play and when specific conditions have been met, Conflict Resolution is directly responsible for supporting his intervention efforts. To accomplish this, Conflict Resolution works closely with representatives of international organizations, governments, and non-governmental organizations.

The Conflict Resolution Program has worked on projects in the Baltics, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the Great Lakes region of Africa, Korea, Sudan, Uganda, Fiji, and Ecuador. Currently, its primary areas of focus are Liberia, Sudan, South Sudan, and the Middle East. In the Middle East, the Center is engaged in analyzing and finding peaceful resolutions to the conflicts in Israel/Palestine, as well as in Syria. In Sudan and South Sudan, the Center facilitates a dialogue initiative that aims to foster constructive bilateral relationships among leading Sudanese and South Sudanese civil society leaders. In addition, since 2006, Conflict Resolution has been implementing an Access to Justice Project in Liberia in response to critical needs and invitations by the government. The Liberia Project works in four areas with the aim of helping to create a working and responsive justice system consistent with local needs and human rights, paying special attention to rural areas, and the needs of marginalized populations.

Number of Interns per Semester: 5-7

Applicant Preferences:

  • There is no preferred program of study; rather, the applicant must display an interest in the field of Conflict Resolution either academically or experientially
  • Ability to speak a second language (particularly Arabic)
  • Overseas experience
  • Strong writing, research, and critical thinking skills

Typical Projects:

  • Assist the Conflict Resolution Program staff in preventing conflicts throughout the world
  • Monitor and research roughly 10 armed conflicts
  • Assist in drafting memoranda and reports
  • Prepare briefing materials for meetings and trips
  • Organize conferences
  • Conduct research projects
  • Assist in planning and executing project objectives
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