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The Center for Careers and Internships is proud to support the work of the Kathryn Wasserman Davis Collaborative in Conflict Transformation. Please read more about this important initiative and the grant that will advance the program.

The Center for Careers and Internships (CCI) will provide a $4,000 funding award for a minimum of 20 Summer 2022 US and global internships that incorporate conflict transformation. For the purposes of internship funding, we are defining conflict transformation as “creating adaptive responses and constructive change to go beyond resolution and address root causes of human conflict to advance peace, justice, and healthy relationships and communities.” 

For example, Summer 2022 CCI-funded internships that would likely have qualified for conflict transformation funding include:

  • The Borgen Project (national campaign that is working to make poverty a focus of U.S. foreign policy)
  • Opportunities Credit Union (providing bank accounts, loans, financial education, and counseling to at-risk communities, including the homeless, refugees, ex-convicts, recovering addicts, and domestic violence)
  • US Department of State: Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration
  • MIIS Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism
  • AsylumConnect (resources to help LGBTQ+ asylum seekers find safety)
  • New York Legal Aid Society
  • Beanz & Co (working with local businesses attempts to increase employment of individuals with disabilities)
  • CitySprouts (mentoring under-represented urban youth, teaching urban agriculture and environmental justice, and inspiring a love of STEM-based learning)
  • Empathetics (empathy training in professional fields experiencing conflict, including healthcare and law enforcement)
  • Girl Up (a United Nations campaign devoted to protecting girls’ rights around the world through inspiring girls to advocate for one another)
  • International Institute of New England (providing a variety of services to immigrants and refugees in the New England area)
  • The Oakland Institute (think tank that addresses pressing social, economic, and environmental issues, including land rights and indigenous communities)
  • FIDA-Kenya (works with and through networks of individuals and community-based organizations throughout Kenya to campaign against gender-based violence)
  • PEN America (protect, promote, and monitor free expression in the context[s] of literature and human rights)
  • Happiness Again (a Jordanian organization helping Syrian children aged 6-12 with their psychosocial development impacted by the trauma of experiencing war)

Students interested in applying for CCI internship funding (deadline April 10) will find more information on our website. Please check the Conflict Transformation box on the application if you believe your internship qualifies under the above definition and be sure to incorporate your reasoning in the application essay.

You may email Peggy Burns, CCI’s executive director, with questions.