Get experience inside and outside the classroom. Inside the classroom, our core courses give you the fundamentals that you need to understand conflict and dispute resolution.
Outside the classroom, hands-on experiences give you the opportunity to apply what you’ve learned in a real-world environment. This blend of practical experience and classroom-based learning means you leave the program ready to tackle conflict head-on.
You are required to complete at least 320 hours of internship (eight credits). You will satisfy this requirement with one, or more, internships, either domestically or internationally, or through the Nonprofit Clinic.
Internships are meant to further your education with real world experience and provide a stepping-stone to your post-graduation work. Finding an internship is a collaborative effort; you will work closely with our Career and Internship Counselor to identify interests and opportunities.
We have relationships with a wide range of potential internship organizations and continue to develop new relationships. You will have the option to intern in a variety of sectors, including ombuds, environmental dispute resolution, community work, restorative justice, health care, education, international, mediation, facilitation, etc. You may choose to do your internship in a concentrated period or over a longer period during the academic school year.
Additionally, we have four established internship paths with required courses or training.
In partnership with the National Policy Consensus Center, we offer a FREE multi-day training in public policy collaborative negotiations and consensus-building for students. After this training, interested students are placed on environmental/public policy projects throughout Oregon. You will work on public issues such as resource management, land use, transportation, water and forest management, access to government, etc.
The Youth Services’ Mediation and Restorative Services unit of Lane County Youth Services may be a good option if you’re interested in the domestic relations mediation practice area. You must take our Family Mediation course to be eligible for this internship. As part of this internship your work may include intake, mediation, and/or training around family issues.
Israeli/Palestinian conflict expert Diane Baxter directs our Israel/Palestine internship path. To be eligible, you must take our Israel/Palestine and Working Internationally courses. You and Professor Baxter will work together to find an appropriate internship organization. Organizations work in various aspects of the conflict including education, dialogue, reconciliation, and peace-building.
An expert in the Northern Ireland conflict, Shaul Cohen directs our Northern Ireland internship path. To be eligible, you must complete an independent study credit with Professor Cohen and the Working Internationally course. You and Professor Cohen will work together to find an appropriate internship organization in Northern Ireland. Internships are tailored, if possible, to suit your interests and have included work with youth, education, public planning and administration, labor/management issues, and peace-building and reconciliation.
*You must take "Working Internationally" prior to interning overseas. This course covers a range of issues including culture shock, health, safety and security, neo-colonialism, colonial history and its impact on the interpersonal and institutional relationships between the developed and the developing worlds. If you can demonstrate sufficient overseas experience and subject matter understanding, you may petition to have this requirement waived.
You can also gain hands-on experience through working in a clinic. Clinics combine experiential learning with in-class learning. As a CRES student, you will have the opportunity to participate in the Nonprofit Clinic.
The Nonprofit Clinic is an interdisciplinary clinic that brings law, planning, public policy, and management and conflict resolution students together to serve the Oregon nonprofit community. Working in teams, you will conduct an organizational assessment of several nonprofit organizations, draft an assessment report, and present your findings. You will also facilitate a dialogue between the nonprofit organizations’ Executive Director and Board of Directors regarding recommendations.
In addition to curricular experiential learning opportunities, you will also have the opportunity to participate in co-curricular activities.
Enhance your leadership knowledge and skills and earn a Leadership in Practice Certificate of Completion. To earn this non-degree bearing certificate, you will complete 14 hours of training. You will earn hours by participating in lectures, monthly newsletters, a lunchtime leadership series, a retreat, leadership coaching, a reading program, and a fellowship program.
Oxford Consortium for Human Rights
You will have the opportunity to apply to participate in Oxford Consortium for Human Rights workshops as an Oxford Consortium Human Rights Fellow. Workshops are usually over a week during the spring and summer. Topics have included: human rights in and after conflict, humanitarian action, conflict trends, human rights law, peacemaking, ethics and more.
Students Engaged in Dialogue and Discourse
The university sponsors over 250 student groups, one of which is Students Engaged in Dialogue and Discourse (SEDD). SEDD is an Associated Students of the University of Oregon recognized student group open to all students at the university. Their mission is to promote the use of alternate forms of dispute resolution (ADR) and educate students in all fields on how to best use ADR in their future careers. SEDD hosts a variety of skills gyms, presentations, and panels throughout the year.