Trans-Border Institute Summer Internship Program, 2014

Friday, May 23, 2014


The Trans-Border Institute (TBI) at the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies welcomes applications for post-graduate internships this summer. TBI promotes research, outreach and dialogue on border issues. For the last twenty years, we have been a leading source of expertise on the relationship between the United States and Mexico. Recently, we’ve expanded our portfolio beyond the U.S.-Mexico border and the set of issues “the border” usually implies in order to address the history, reality and aftermath of armed conflicts in Mexico and Central America, and the ways in which they interact with U.S. policies.

Summer interns at TBI will receive structured training in our research methods; contribute to our ongoing research projects; and gain valuable mentoring and review of their own research projects from the TBI director and staff.

Internships must begin between June 16 and July 28, 2014; they must be at least five weeks long; and they must be completed by August 29, 2014.

We are looking for interns whose work complements one of the following five activity nodes:

  • Recognizing refugees from the drug war and the post-authoritarian transition it has obscured
  • Championing a human rights perspective on migration
  • Defending trans-border transparency and freedom of expression
  • Developing peace and justice curricula and other humanistic responses to war and dictatorship
  • Exposing the trans-border practices and legacies of the death penalty in the U.S. and Central America

For further information, please refer to our website or our Facebook page.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A new or ongoing research project relevant to one of TBI’s five activity nodes
  • BA/BS degree in the social sciences, humanities, law, or peace studies
  • Experience conducting research with primary sources
  • Spanish language proficiency

Internship Requirements

All of our summer interns will be required to do all the following:

  • Attend three training sessions:
    • Working with digital human rights and foreign relations archives
    • Conducting legal research and understanding jurisprudence in the Americas
    • Collecting testimony and oral histories
  • Remain in the TBI office or on authorized field trips with TBI staff 20 hours per week for a minimum of five weeks
  • Contribute to TBI’s ongoing research
  • Serve as co-author of a TBI fact sheet
  • Make a public presentation of your individual research project near the end of your stay
  • Submit a final research report for dissemination on the TBI website by September 1, 2014

Application Procedures

Please submit a single PDF document, via email to , by 5:00 p.m. PST, on Monday, June 2, 2014. Your document must include:

A cover letter explaining your education and background (1-2 pages max.)

The research may be new or ongoing, and it may depart from any disciplinary perspective from the humanities, social sciences, law, or peace studies. Please make sure that your proposal meets the following standards:

Length – It should be 1200-1500 words, single spaced, 12 pt. font, annotated with endnotes

*Due date: Monday, June 2, 2014, by 5:00 p.m. PST, submitted electronically to

We will notify applicants of our acceptance decisions by Friday June 6, 2014.

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Martha Garcia
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Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies


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