Master’s Students in Peace Studies Assigned to Global Internships

Author: Kristi Flaherty


It’s a highly anticipated time of year — when master’s students in peace studies spend nearly 6 months working as interns and conducting field research at international organizations.

Between July and December 2016, 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 2017:

Sincelejo, Colombia

  • Carolina Serrano Idrovo (Colombia) and Becca Williams (USA) will work for SembrandoPaz.

Bogotá, Colombia

  • Luis Miranda Pérez (USA/Guatemala) will be working with the project, “Dialogues and Abilities for Territorial Peace” led by the Office of the High Commission for Peace, in partnership with the National Network of Programs for Development and Peace, Fundación Redprodepaz and the UNDP Colombia, with support of various local and international actors.


  • Evelyn Akullo (Uganda), Yuede (Aloysius) Bi (China), Clint Niehus (USA) and Vincent Ogoti (Kenya) will continue their studies and research at the Tantur Ecumenical Institute.

Mindanao, the Philippines

  • Katie Coldwell (USA) will work for Catholic Relief Services.

Cape Town, South Africa

  • Isaac Bayor (Ghana) and Valeria Vazquez Guevara (Spain) will work for the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation.


  • Karen Schousboe (USA) will work for the Sarus Program.

Washington, D.C., United States

  • Mohammad Al-Essa (Jordan) will work for the International Rescue Committee.
  • Kata Fodor (Hungary) will work for the World Bank.
  • Natalia A. Romanova (Russia/Kazakhstan) will work for the Kennan Institute at the Wilson Center.

Notre Dame, IN, United States

  • Henry Dambanemuya (Zimbabwe) will work for the Peace Accords Matrix of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and the Interdisciplinary Center for Network Science and Applications (iCeNSA).

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: Susan St. Ville, (574) 631-2628,