The internship portion of the Conflict and Dispute Resolution Master’s program has two primary goals:
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.
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 multi-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 Internationally 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 Conflict Transformation Northern Ireland and the Working Internationally 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.
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 Internationally". 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.
Here are a few examples of organizations our students have interned with, organized by location.