The Carter Center Conflict Resolution Summer Internship Program

War and civil strife continue to be the most significant impediments to sustainable development and basic human rights. Devastation from such conflicts has impoverished countries in every region, in many cases wiping out the achievements of decades of development. The Conflict Resolution Program focuses on preventing, resolving, and ending armed conflict. Much of the program’s work revolves around regularly monitoring many of the world’s armed conflicts in an attempt to better understand their histories, the primary actors involved, the issues presently in dispute, and the efforts being made to resolve them. When a situation arises in which President Carter has a unique role to play, and when specific conditions have been met, the CRP is directly responsible for supporting his intervention efforts. To accomplish this, the CRP works closely with representatives of international organizations, governments, and nongovernmental organizations. The CRP has worked on projects in the Baltics, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Great Lakes region of Africa, Korea, Sudan, Uganda, Fiji, and Ecuador.  Currently, its primary areas of focus are Liberia and the Middle East.

Number of Interns per Semester: 3-5

Program Preferences:

  • There is no preferred program of study; rather, the applicant must display an interest in this field
  • Ability to speak a second language (particularly Arabic)
  • Overseas experience

Typical Projects:

  • Assist CRP staff in preventing conflicts throughout the world
  • Monitor and research roughly 10 armed conflicts
  • Assist in drafting memoranda and reports
  • Prepare briefing materials for meetings and trips
  • Organize conferences
  • Conduct research projects
  • Assist in planning and executing project objectives

Summer internship program deadline is March 1 2010.

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