Institute Internships

Real-World Experience Building Peace


IPJ Interns working in the Garden of the Sky

Summer 2017 Internship Opportunities

As an intern at the Institute for Peace and Justice, you will have the opportunity to learn about peace and justice issues, and how the institute impacts those issues, by working on projects alongside practitioners and scholars in the fields of conflict resolution and peacebuilding.

Institute interns research, write and publish online and learn from IPJ staff while working closely with them on projects and events. Six different internships with specific job descriptions are offered this summer: Communications, Mandela Washington Fellows Lead Intern (note that the application deadline for this position is rolling and will be filled as soon as a qualified applicant is identified), Mandela Washington Fellows (4 positions available), Strategic Peacebuilding, Women PeaceMakers and Women, Peace and Security. (NB: There is no position offered this summer for the IPJ's Youth and Peacebuilding/WorldLink Program.)

The internship is unpaid. Hours worked are flexible to accommodate student schedules. Academic credit for the internship is available, including for students in the Peacebuilding and Social Innovation Minor. For more information, please contact IPJ Program Officer Daniel Orth ( or the faculty advisor for the minor, Dr. Necla Tschirgi (


  • BA degree in peace studies, human rights, international relations, communications or a related field OR enrollment, with junior or senior status, in an undergraduate program in a field related to peace studies, human rights, international relations or communication.
  • GPA of 3.3 or higher.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Availability for a minimum of 15, and preferably up to 20, hours per week.

Application Requirements:

Items 1–5 on the list below may be emailed if the applicant so desires; item 6 can be sent in hard-copy.

  1. Application form (Word) (PDF)
  2. Resume – 2-page maximum
  3. Essay – 500-word maximum, stating your interest in the work of the IPJ and the specific work related to the position to which you are applying; your objectives for and expectations of an IPJ internship, and how these apply to your career goals.
  4. Writing sample – 10-page maximum (May be an excerpt from a larger work).
  5. Two to three references, at least one of which must be a professor. Names of references can be included on CV. (Note: Actual letters of reference are not required; however, the IPJ may contact your references via email or telephone.)
  6. Academic Transcripts from each college or university attended; unofficial web transcripts are acceptable.

Please Note: This internship is unpaid and while we encourage international applicants, we cannot provide them with assistance in securing a visa, nor cover the costs of the visa and the health insurance required by the University of San Diego.

Internship Program Dates: Summer 2017

Application Deadline: Monday, May 1
Internship Begins: Monday, June 5
Internship Ends: Friday, August 11

All application materials should be emailed to Daniel Orth ( or mailed to the following address:

ATTN: Daniel Orth
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice
University of San Diego
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492
Phone: (619) 260-7509

You Can Also Volunteer at The Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice!

In a welcoming and collegial environment, volunteers share their passion for peace and justice with others by providing logistical support for special events including pre-event organizing, day-of-event registration and information table, ushering and some logistical support.

If you are interested in donating your time and energy, please contact Robin Deichler at to find out when the next volunteer orientation will take place.