Internship at Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice | Diplomacy Opportunities

Joan B Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice
Joan B Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice
Joan B Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice

As an intern at the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (Kroc IPJ), you will 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 conflict resolution and peacebuilding.

Institute interns meet with peacemakers, research, write and learn from Kroc IPJ staff while working closely with them on projects and events. Five different internships are offered this spring, each with their own specific responsibilities, qualifications and learning outcomes:

  • Building Trust Partnership: Clergy, Communities, and Police
  • Connected Youth – Resilient Communities
  • Digital Media
  • Emerging Leaders
  • Women PeaceMakers

The internships are unpaid; however, academic credit for the internship is available for students enrolled in the Peacebuilding and Social Innovation Minor or for general elective credit (Use course code PJS498.) For more information, please contact Kroc IPJ Program Officer Daniel Orth ( or the Kroc School faculty advisor for the minor, Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick (

Hours worked are flexible to accommodate student schedules.

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  • BA degree in peace studies, human rights, international relations, communications or a related field OR enrollment, with junior or 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.

To apply:

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.

  1. Application form (Word) (PDF)
  2. Resume – 2-page maximum
  3. Essay – 500-word maximum, stating your interest in the work of the Kroc IPJ and the specific work related to the position to which you are applying; your objectives for and expectations of an IPJ internship, and how these apply to your career goals.
  4. Writing sample – 10-page maximum (May be an excerpt from a larger work).
  5. 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 Kroc IPJ may contact your references via email or telephone.)
  6. Academic 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: Spring 2018

Application Deadline: Wednesday, January 31*
Internship Begins: Monday, February 12
Internship Ends: Friday, May 11

*Please note that applications will be accepted and reviewed and interviews scheduled on a rolling basis. As such, it is in your best interest to submit your application as early as possible.

All application materials should be emailed to Daniel Orth ( or mailed to the following address:

ATTN: Daniel Orth
Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice
University of San Diego
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492
Phone: (619) 260-7509

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