Internship Opportunities

Internships can provide excellent learning opportunities, sources for professional networking, and possibilities for employment. Starting the Fall of 2017, internships will be required for students in the Conflict Resolution Master's program. This page provides a sampling of opportunities available to ConRes students, in Boston and abroad. The list below is not exhaustive, so you are encouraged to reach out to organizations on this list or other groups in which you are interested. You should also consult with UMB's Office of Career Service & Internships, Beacon Careers Online, UMB faculty members, staff, fellow students, and others who may point you to interesting opportunities.

When searching for an internship, consider the following:

Below is a sampling of what’s available to Conflict Resolution MA students: 




Massachusetts Peace Action Legislation (MPAL)

Boston Area Description: MPAL is seeking students, recent graduates, or young activists who want to help and want experience building political power for peace. Choose from 1 of 4 specialties: Communications, Political/Legislative, Organizing or Fundraising.
Requirements: Flexible Schedule, Commitment to grassroots organizing for progressive social change; Strong writing, analytical and interpersonal skills; Desire to work as part of a small grassroots team
Duration of internship: At least 10 hours a week for at least 10 weeks.
Fall term: Sept - Dec;Spring term: Feb - May;Summer term: May - Aug each year.
Start and end dates are flexible as long as the time commitment is met.
Compensation: Unpaid, but a $300 stipend is awarded on completion
Application Deadline: Rolling
Contact info: Cole Harrison, Executive Director
Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration (MOPC) Internships (3) Massachusetts Area MOPC is pleased to welcome students from our department to work on their exciting conflict resolution projects and their partnerships with community mediation centers across Massachusetts. All MOPC internships are unpaid, and have a rolling application deadline. To apply, email cover letter and resume to the appropriate contact person. Check out their website for more information:
Description: Research Study Interns conduct photographic evaluations of four youth conflict resolution programs in urban and rural settings, resulting in the development of digital stories that document the lives of a diverse group of at-risk/vulnerable youth populations. The students will gain practical knowledge in youth conflict resolution programming and effective program evaluation on conflict resolution projects. 
Requirements: N/A
Duration: 8 - 10 hours per week
Contact info: Mads Palihapitiya, Associate Director of Research
Description: Grant Program Interns compile and analyze data collected from grant-funded centers, develop outreach/education/marketing materials, contribute to public collaboration facilitation/training/engagements as needed.
Requirements: Interest/Experience in community mediation and dispute resolution program design/administration. Excellent research, writing, editing and communication skills required, graphic design skills preferred.
Duration of internship: 8 - 10 hours per week for 12 -14 weeks
Contact info: Rosalind A. Cresswell, Community Mediation Program Manager
Description: Community Mediation Interns engage in case intake and coordination, training and outreach and case observation/co-mediation. Students without mediation training may work on general nonprofit management, fundraising, social media outreach and data entry.
Duration of internship: 4 - 40 hours per week, for one semester or more depending on interest
Location: Centers are located in Pittsfield, Cambridge, Brockton, Lowell, Vineyard Haven, Framingham, Beverly, Greenfield. Some opportunities to work remotely exist.
Contact info: Rosalind A. Cresswell, Community Mediation Program Manager
Center for Social Policy at UMass Boston: The Elaine Werby Internship UMass Boston Description: The Werby Internship engages advanced students who wish to gain professional experience in research and evaluation related to the eradication of poverty, especially in Massachusetts, New England, and the United States.
Requirements: N/A
Duration of internship: Summer 2017, Fall Term 2017
Compensation: Paid, $2500 stipend
Application Deadline: March 10, 2017
Website: Werby Intern 2017 Application
Contact info:; 617.287.5550
The Center for Mediation, Peace, and Resolution of Conflict (CEMPROC) Ecuador Description: CEMPROC is a nonprofit organization based in Georgia and Quito, Ecuador with the purpose of reducing conflict in Latin America. The intern will assist with the operations and programs of CEMPROC in Ecuador; the intern’s responsibilities will be based on what the priorities are at the given time.
Requirements: BA in relevant subject, conversant in Spanish, willingness to travel
Duration of internship: Full-time, three months (duration set by mutual agreement)
Compensation: Unpaid
Application Deadline: Rolling
Contact info: Jeffrey Pugh, Assistant Professor
Institute for Cultural Diplomacy Headquarters:
Pelham, Mass &
Berlin, Germany

Description: ICD's goal is to empower young people through the application of cultural diplomacy initiatives at the local, national and international levels. Responsibilities include: marketing and acquiring speakers for international conferences, documenting events, conducting interviews and writing articles.
Requirements: Currently enrolled students, flexibility of schedule
Duration of internship: Full time, 3 months
Compensation: Unpaid
Application Deadline: Rolling
Website: Internship Opportunities at the ICD
Contact info:

ConRes 697: Intergroup Dialogue and Facilitation with Karen Ross UMass Boston & Online component Description: Students will facilitate dialogue with participants from all over the world through Soliya's 7 week Connect Program. The online cultural exchange program is the facilitation training & practicum component of the 6 credit Dialogue & Facilitation course. Soliya is an international nonprofit preparing the next generation with the skills, attitudes, and commitment to engage with difference constructively.
Requirements: Enrolled in dialogue/facilitation course
Duration of internship: 3 months (a semester)
Compensation: Unpaid
Application Deadline: Rolling
Contact info: Karen Ross, Assistant Professor
Community Catalysts                      Boston Area                     Description: Community Catalyst's mission is to organize and sustain a powerful consumer voice to ensure that all individuals and communities can influence the decisions that affect their health. The Communications Intern responsibilities include daily news monitoring and preparation of a daily email with top health care news articles that goes out more than 2k subscribers. Monitoring and creating content for Twitter and Facebook; producing and editing posts for Community Catalyst’s newsletter and blog; and providing editing support for the organization’s publications.
Requirements: Flexible schedule, strong writing and communications skills, commitment to social justice
Duration of internship: 16 weeks, part-time, negotiable start and end dates
Compensation: Paid
Application Deadline: Rolling
Contact info: 617.287.5550,


Organizations with    Internship Programs                                       



Red Cross    Cambridge, MA Description: Red Cross interns are involved in projects critical to the day-to-day work of our non-profit organization, gaining an insider’s perspective on the Red Cross humanitarian mission as well as service delivery at the local and national levels
Requirements: Must be enrolled in a graduate degree program
Duration: 10-week duration
Compensation: Offers Paid and Unpaid internships
Application Deadline: Rolling
Contact info: 617.274-5325
International Labor Organization


Geneva, Switzerland; regional offices all over world

Description: The UN's specialized agency (ILO) aims to promote decent employment opportunities and enhance social protection & work conditions. Interns will support the ILO team, accompany senior management, participate in meetings and contribute to analytical work.
Requirements: Must be enrolled in final year of graduate program
Duration: 3 to 6 months, starts on the 1st or 15th of each month
Compensation: Yes, if intern isn't supported by university
Application Deadline: Rolling (Positions posted only during January and June)
Contact info:
United Nations University
Varies: Tokyo, Bonn, Accra, New York, etc. Description: The United Nations University (UNU) is a postgraduate teaching organization in Japan that aims to resolve global problems of human survival, development and welfare through collaborative research and education. Responsibilities may include: research and writing for institutional development, event and meeting coordination, copy-editing, disseminating newsletters.  
Requirements: Current graduate student, under 32 years, no more than 5 years of experience in their field
Duration: Mid-Jan to June, 40 hour week
Compensation: Paid
Application Deadline: Rolling
Contact info: Mr. Rachad Nassar;
Learning Inside Out Network (LION) Easton, MA
Description: The LION (Learning Inside Out Network) program is a semester-long international internship and research opportunity for students interested in the theory and practice of global security. Interns will conduct independent research in Armenia or Serbia, participate in Armenia's two-week Summer Institute and have their research published/presented at an international security conference in Armenia.
Requirements: All social science majors w/ 3.0 GPA or above, strong writing skills. Prior research experience is desirable and a course in research methods is recommended
Duration: 3 week summer institute & 4 week internship w/ an NGO, think-tank or media organization.
Compensation: Limited Funds Available
Application Deadline: Rolling
Contact info: Anna Ohanyan and Anamika Twyman-Ghoshal
U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program                   Washington D.C. and Abroad Description: The U.S. State Dept. Internship Program is an unpaid internship with the opportunity to gain practical & professional experience in foreign affairs environment in D.C. and abroad. Responsibilities may include: participating in meetings with senior gov't officials, draft, edit or contribute to materials used by policy makers; support international meetings and conferences
Requirements: US Citizenship, Background check, Random Drug Testing, Enrolled Graduate Student or has been out of school not more than 5 months & plans to return, Minimum 2.5 GPA
Duration: 40 hours per week, Spring:Jan - April; Summer:May - Aug; Fall:Sept. - Dec
Compensation: Unpaid and Paid Opportunities for Pathway Internship Programs
Application Deadline: March 1st, 2017
Superior Court of the District of Columbia Washington D.C.

Description: The Multi-Door Dispute Resolution Division within D.C.'s Superior Court is an unpaid internship with the opportunity to be involved in the development and completion of two mediation based projects.
Requirements: U.S. Citizens or individuals lawfully admitted for permanent residency, at least 18 years old, who is a student. Applicant enrollment for the current/upcoming semester in an law or graduate degree program taking at least a half-time course load is a requirement.
Duration: 40 hours per week, for 10 weeks during May, June, July and August time period.
Compensation: Unpaid
Application Deadline: April 21, 2017


Fellowship Programs         



Coro Fellows Program in Public Policy Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh,
San Francisco, &
St. Louis
Description: Coro Fellows participate in a series of full-time projects across a variety of sectors in public affairs, including a final independent project of the Fellow’s choosing. You can apply based on your preferred location.
Requirements: Demonstrated some leadership either academically, or within a community and have an interest in public affair; ability to work within a diverse group, commitment to public service, flexibility and intellectual curiosity.
Duration: Varies by location
Compensation: Varies by location
Application Deadline: January 18, 2017
Contact info: Varies by location
Harvard University: PON Summer Fellowship Boston Area Description: PON Summer Fellowship Program offers fellowship grants to students in Boston area schools, doing internships or undertaking summer research projects in negotiation and dispute resolution in partnership with public, non-profit or academic organizations.
Requirements: All returning graduate students enrolled at schools in the Boston area. Eligible internships and research projects must be unpaid, undertaken in partnership with a public, non-profit or academic organization,
Duration: Eligible internships must be minimum of four weeks in duration.
Compensation: The maximum grant is $3500. Applicants are encouraged to seek supplementary financial assistance from other sources.
Application Deadline: Monday, March 21, 2016
Contact info: Julie Barrett
Join for Justice Boston Area Description: The Fellowship trains Jewish young adults (ages 21-30) to organize with both privileged and oppressed communities to effectively fight against structural injustice and inequality. If not already employed, Fellows apply for pre-approved full-time paid jobs as community organizers.
Requirements: Jewish young adults, ages 21-30
Duration: Year-long
Compensation: Paid
Application Deadline: Rolling
Contact info: Tali Smookler, 617.350.9994 ext. 208
Global Health Fellowship Programs                                                       Washington D.C.                  Description: The Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP) II is the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID’s) premier health fellowship program that identifies and supports diverse, technically excellent professionals.
Requirements: Current Students, US citizenship or permanent residency required
Duration: Three months to one-year
Compensation: Paid
Application Deadline: February 1, 2017


Internship Networks



Internship InternHub                      
Boston Area Description: Intern Hub is a unique, centralized website where employers and students in the Greater Boston area can turn for internship resources and support. It offers a variety of helpful tools and resources,student questionnaires, etc.
Third Sector New England Boston Area Description: Third Sector New England provides management and leadership resources to help nonprofits support healthy, just communities.
Contact info: or 617.523.6565
The Peace and Collaborative Development Network (PCDN) Africa, Asia, the Americas Description: The PCDN Network is one of the premier sites in the world focused on international development, peacebuilding, humanitarian relief, social entrepreneurship, international affairs and more. We are a one-stop-shop to inspire, connect, inform and provide the tools and resources to scale social change. In addition, PCDN gives members the tools, resources and jobs to lead successful lives and careers in the social change sector.