Institute for Peace and Justice

Contact: Daniel Orth
Phone: (619) 260-4066
Fax: (619) 260-7570

Location: KIPJ Room 119
Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110

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Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice

Become a Peace and Justice Intern

IPJ Interns

Interns 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 human rights and conflict resolution.

Intern Responsibilities

Institute interns research, write and publish online and learn from IPJ staff while working closely with them on projects and events. Four internships with specific job descriptions are being offered this fall: Women PeaceMakers Program InternshipEditorial InternshipWorldLink Youth Program Internship and IPJ Field Projects Internship.

The internship is unpaid. Hours worked are flexible to accommodate student schedules. If you are interested in academic credit for the internship, please contact Daniel Orth or Kara Wong, the institute's program officers for strategic peacebuilding, at and


  • BA degree in peace studies, human rights, international relations, communication, or a related field OR enrollment, with 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.
  • Minimum of 15, and preferably up to 20, hours per week.
  • French and/or Spanish language skills a plus, though not required.

*Note: High school students are encouraged to apply for a WorldLink Internship. WorldLink interns work closely with the program officer in weekly mandatory meetings at the institute and assist in the development of the WorldLink program. Learn more about the high school WorldLink Internship.

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.

  • Application Form - download the form here:
    Application in Word
    Application in PDF
  • Resume – 2-page maximum
  • Essay – 500-word maximum, stating your interest in the work of the IPJ, your objectives for and expectations of an IPJ internship, and how these apply to your career goals.
  • Writing sample – 10-page maximum
  • 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.)
  • Original transcripts – unofficial web transcript(s) submitted with application (if selected, you will be asked to provide an official transcript) from each college or university attended.

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 - FALL 2015:

Application deadline:   Tuesday, September 1
Internship begins: Monday, September 14
Internship ends: Friday, December 11

All application materials should be sent 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
Fax: (619) 260-7570