CRES Internships


The internship portion of the Conflict and Dispute Resolution Master’s program has two primary goals:

  • To further your education with real world experience in the area of practice in which you are interested.
  • To provide a stepping-stone to your post-graduation work.

Finding internship placements is a collaborative effort between you and the program. Students work closely with the program’s Career & Internship Counselor to identify interests and opportunities. The program has many relationships with a wide range of potential placement agencies, including three established internship paths, and continues to develop new relationships on an ongoing basis. Student initiative often leads to the development of new opportunities.

Placements range from local to international. Students have interned in a variety of placements, including workplace ombuds offices, environmental dispute resolution, community work, restorative justice programs, health care, education, immigration and refugee work, mediation and law offices, etc. You may chose to do your internship in a concentrated period during the summer or over a longer period during the academic school year. 

Optional Internship Paths

In addition to its many connections with potential placement organizations, the program has structured internship placement “paths” for students who are interested in interning internationally in Northern Ireland or Israel/Palestine, or domestically in collaborative governance and environmental/public policy dispute resolution.

Collaborative Governance and Environmental/Public Policy Internship Path:
In conjunction with the National Policy Consensus Center, the Master’s Program offers students a three-day training in public policy collaborative negotiations and consensus-building. After this training, interested students are placed on environmental/public policy projects throughout Oregon for real-world experience dealing with public issues such as resource management, land use, transportation, water and forest management, access to government, etc. To see a short video clip on the internship program, click here.

Family Mediation Internship Path:
Lane County Youth Services, based in Eugene, may be a good option to explore for students who are interested in the domestic relations mediation practice area. Students must take the CRES Family Mediation course to be eligible for this internship which is housed in Youth Services’ Mediation and Restorative Services unit. Internship work may include intake, mediation, and/or training around family issues.

Israel/Palestine Internship Path*:
Faculty member Diane Baxter, an expert on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, is the Israel/Palestine Internship Director. Students who take both the Israel/Palestine and the Working Abroad courses are eligible to intern with one of a variety of organizations in Israel/Palestine dealing with various aspects of that conflict and with education, dialogue, reconciliation, and peace-building efforts.

Northern Ireland Internship Path*:
Faculty member Shaul Cohen, an expert on the Northern Ireland conflict, is the Northern Ireland Internship Director. Students who take both the Northern Ireland and the Working Abroad courses are eligible to intern with one of a variety of peace and reconciliation and community groups in Northern Ireland. Placements are tailored to suit each student's interests and have included work with: youth, education, public planning and administration, labor/management issues, and peace-building and reconciliation.

International Internships

In addition to the international internship paths above, students have interned in many countries around the world*. See International Internship Examples below for examples. 

* All students who intern overseas must, as a pre-requisite, take "Working Abroad: Culture and Context". 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, etc. Students who can demonstrate sufficient overseas experience and subject matter understanding may petition to have this requirement waived.

Internship Examples

Here are a few examples of organizations our students have interned with, organized by location.


  • ACLU
  • Centro Latino Americano
  • City of Eugene Office of Diversity and Equity
  • Center for Dialogues and Resolution Restorative Justice Project
  • Eugene Human Rights Commission
  • Eugene Immigration Task Force
  • HIV Alliance
  • Lane County Family Mediation Center (now called Mediation & Restorative Services)
  • Lane County Division of Youth Services
  • Oregon Office for Community Dispute Resolution
  • Peace Village Inc.
  • Sponsors, Inc. Prison Re-Entry Program
  • Springfield Police Department
  • UO Conflict Resolution Services
  • UO Human Resources Department
  • Western Environmental Law Center
  • WomenSpace


  • The Boss Whispering Institute, Portland
  • Camp Odyssey, Portland
  • City of Salem
  • Clackamas Police Department
  • Conflict Solutions for Tillamook County
  • Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, Corvallis
  • Insight Development Group
  • National Policy Consensus Center, Portland, various locations
  • Neighbor to Neighbor, Marion County
  • Office of Youth Violence Prevention, Portland
  • Oregon Department of Corrections
  • Oregon Employment Relations Board
  • Oregon Latino Agenda For Action, Portland
  • Portland Veterans Administration Medical Center
  • Regional Solutions Center, various locations
  • Resolve, Medford
  • Timbers Soccer Team, Portland
  • Tualatin RiverKeepers
  • U.S, District Court, Portland
  • The Washington State Ombuds Office

Greater US

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay, Boston, MA
  • Christian Peacemaker Teams, Chicago, IL
  • CONCUR, Berkeley, CA
  • Dawnbreakers Training Institute, Philomath, IL
  • The Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC
  • Gemma, Santa Cruz, CA
  • Goodwill Industries, Rockville, MD
  • Hope for Haiti Foundation, Morrisville, NC
  • Minnesota Department of Transportation, St. Paul, MN
  • The Children's Foundation, Loveland, CO
  • United Nations Office of the Ombudsman and Mediation Services, New York, NY
  • United Nations Democratic Governance Group, New York, NY

International *

  • The Alternative Information Center, Beit Sahour, Palestinian Territory, Occupied
  • Association for the Empowerment of Peoples with Di, Dong Hoi, Vietnam
  • Al-Najdeh, Beirut, Lebanon
  • Center for Democracy and Community Development, East Jerusalem, Israel
  • Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, Scone, Scotland, UK
  • GWED-G: Gulu Women's Economic Development & Global, Gulu, Uganda
  • House of Peace and Nonviolence, Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
  • Irish Football Association, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
  • Kayan, Haifa, Israel
  • Partnership for Governance Reform in Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia,
  • Peace and Reconciliation Group, Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland, UK
  • Public Interest Litigation Support Project, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
  • SAMGI, Cape Town, South Africa
  • University of Colima, Colima, Mexico