Institute for Peace and Justice

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

Location: KIPJ Suite 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

NOTE: Summer 2016 internship positions have been filled. Please check back here in late July for opportunities to support the IPJ's work this fall.

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. Five different internships with specific job descriptions are being offered this summer: EditorialField Programs, Women PeaceMakersWomen, Peace and Security, and Youth and Peacebuilding.

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 at


  • BA degree in peace studies, human rights, international relations, communications 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.
  • Availability for a minimum of 15, and preferably up to 20, hours per week.

*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 (Word) (PDF)
  • Resume – 2-page maximum
  • Essay – 500-word maximum, Please indicate which of the 5 internship positions you are applying for, describe your interest in the work of the IPJ and this position specifically, 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.)
  • 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 2016:

Application Deadline:   Friday, May 13
Internship Begins: Monday, June 6
Internship Ends: Friday, August 12

All application materials should be emailed to Daniel Orth ( or mailed/faxed 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