Master’s Students in Peace Studies Assigned to Global Internships

Author: Renée LaReau

It’s a highly anticipated time of year — when master’s students in peace studies learn where they will spend nearly 6 months working as interns at international organizations. 

Between July and December 2014, second-year students will work “in the real world,” integrating what they’ve learned in the classroom with professional work in policy research and analysis, development and education, interfaith dialogue, communications, social justice, human rights, violence prevention, and grassroots organizing.

Here are the assignments for the class of 2015:

Cartagena, Colombia (new field site)

  • Carolyn Edlebeck (USA) will work for the Santo Domingo Foundation.
  • Amber McChesney-Young (USA) will work for the Corporación Desarrollo y Paz de Canal del Dique Zona Costera.


  • Francis Opio (Uganda) will work at the Holy Land Trust in Bethlehem.
  • Carmel Whelton (Canada) will work for Rabbis for Human Rights.

Mindanao, the Philippines

  • Luis Felipe Botero (Colombia) and Julius Okojie (Nigeria) will work for Catholic Relief Services.

Cape Town, South Africa

  • Hudda Ibrahim (Somalia) will work for the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office.
  • Ying Liang (China) will work at the Geodgedacht Forum.
  • Adel Nehmeh (Lebanon) will work for the Western Cape Religious Leaders Forum.
  • Boniface Ojok (Uganda) will work for the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation.
  • Aseel Zahran (Jordan) will work for Ndifuna Ukwazi (Dare to Know).

Gulu, Uganda

  • Karen Campion (USA) will work for the Refugee Law Project.
  • Claudia Navas Caputo (Colombia) will work for the Justice and Reconciliation Project.

Washington, D.C., United States

  • Jonah Aboni (Ghana) will work at the Arms Control Association.
  • Sarah Bosha (Zimbabwe) will work at the Stimson Center – Future of Peace Operations.
  • Jelena Jankovic (Serbia) will work for the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding.
  • Yemsrach Kidane (Ethiopia) will work for the Institute for Inclusive Security.
  • Zakia Nouri (Afghanistan) will work for the World Bank.
  • Gatwech Nyoat (South Sudan) will work for the British American Security Information Council.
  • Natalia Tejada Vargas (Colombia) will work for the United States Institute of Peace.

Sri Lanka

  • Michael McDonald (USA) will work for Sri Lanka Unites.

While in the field, master’s students acquire skills and make substantive contributions to highly respected organizations. Students are assigned internships based on their professional interests in one of the 3 tracks in the master’s program: Policy Analysis and Political Change, Organizational Leadership and Management, or Conflict Analysis and Transformation.  

Contact: Theresa Ricke-Kiely, 574-631-9532,