CR Summer Field Program

For the past four years, the CR Program has offered an intensive international summer internship program for first year students. Selected students have been placed at leading local and international organizations conducting innovative peacebuilding and conflict resolution work. The summer internship program provides students with a meaningful, hands-on practical experience in the field while contributing to capacity building on the ground.

Building on the CR program’s extensive connections with organizations around the world, students have interned at organizations in diverse locations including Kenya, Brazil, Indonesia, Colombia, Liberia, and Turkey. The summer field program provides students with a unique opportunity to learn, assist partners on the ground, to engage in reflective practice, and improve their skills in order to be more competitive in the job market upon graduating. 

Summer 2016 Placements:

Click on each student's name to read their field blog:

Selin Aksoy

Protection Monitoring Intern, Danish Refugee Council

Beirut, Lebanon

As Protection Intern at the Danish Refugee Council in Beirut, Lebanon, Selin mainly coordinated the review and roll-out of new community- and household-level protection monitoring tools, enabling the organization to identify and track protection concerns experienced by Syrian refugees across the country. This included meeting with populations of concern and field teams to identify and respond to the challenges faced while conducting protection monitoring as well as coordinating with UN-led protection working groups to identify priority areas of investigation. Moreover, she organized and facilitated a workshop for field teams on the new protection monitoring methodology and wrote a quarterly protection monitoring report for a high-level donor. In addition to the review and roll out of the protection monitoring tools, Selin took the lead on ensuring that monthly reporting by protection field teams was timely and accurate.

Jessica Bissett

Refugee Law Project

Uganda

Chelsea Dunlap

Refugee Law Project

Uganda

Yasmine Fawaz

UNHCR

Switzerland

Fadia Hayee

UNDP

Turkey

Alex Humphrey

The Life and Peace Institute and The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation

Kenya 

Mark Joy 

 Project Management Intern, CO-OPERATION IRELAND, Youth and Education Programs

Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom 

The main program Mark was assigned to at Co-operation Ireland was “Amazing the Space”, a youth and education initiative, that coincided with the UN International Day of Peace in September. “Amazing the Space” was a youth – led peacebuilding initiative that brought thousands of young people together from across Northern Ireland to celebrate their contributions to peace and to show them that play an important role in building and sustaining a peaceful society moving forward.  He reported directly to the CEO and the Director of Fundraising as well as colleagues from partnering organizations. Mark's main tasks included various aspects of program planning, such as procurement, graphic design coordination, research, and data collection. Additionally, he was responsible for communication and logistic support around the “Amazing the Space” launch event that took place at the end of June.

Mirjam Kalle 

Program Development and Quality Intern, Mercy Corps & Protection Intern, Danish Refugee Council

Beirut, Lebanon

As fellow in the Program Development and Quality Unit of Mercy Corps Lebanon, Mirjam prepared the organization's annual country strategy, conducted background research on child labor and early marriage, and wrote the child protection and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) strategies with national staff and regional coordinators. She further proofread and line edited weekly donor reports, conducted interviews in the field offices to assess needs and improve coordination mechanisms with the headquarter, and established a knowledge management database to enhance integrated programming. During the second half of her stay, she worked as Protection Intern at the Danish Refugee Council, where she developed a pilot conflict transformation program for adolescent boys and girls of refugee and host communities, wrote communication material, and participated in interagency coordination meetings.

Alissa Lalime 

Department of Operations and Emergencies (DOE) Intern, International Organization for Migration (IOM) Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

Cairo, Egypt, with temporary duties in Amman, Jordan, and Tunis, Tunisia

Alissa created Migration Crisis Operational Framework (MCOF) documents in collaboration with Country Offices in the MENA region. In doing so, she aggregated existing resources and materials available to Country Offices, and developed new materials, as required. Alissa interviewed Country, Regional, and Headquarters colleagues on their interaction with the MCOF. She additionally submitted a final report on my findings, including strategies and recommendations for enhanced MCOF implementation. Her work culminated in MCOF strategy documents with IOM Libya, IOM Sudan, and IOM Yemen.

Nick Zaremba

Program Officer, The Kaizen Company

Liberia

For Nick's summer internship, he am interned in Liberia as a Program Officer for a U.S. Department of State funded project called Mitigating Local Disputes in Liberia (MLDL); implemented by The Kaizen Company. There, he support the project by designing and implementing mediation trainings and an organizational self-assessment to strengthen over 30 community and governmental security councils (structures) in their ability to identify and peacefully resolve security concerns. Nick also worked closely with the home office in Washington to research monitoring and evaluation indicators, help manage and analyze a large database of security concerns, and use the data uncovered by the assessments to write a progress report on each structure. Though his internship was based in Ganta, his tasks gave him the opportunity to travel throughout the country to visit the various structures and conduct the mediation trainings. This experience was invaluable as it afforded Nick the opportunity to learn about the challenges of doing peacebuilding work in the field as well as how it relates to West African culture.


Summer 2015 Placements:

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Taylor Colvin, IPIECA, England

Rachel Kuykendall, Mercy Corps, Jordan

Meredith Medlin, Catholic Relief Services, Kenya

Matthew Parkes, Georg Eckert Institute, Germany

Emma Rehard, Mercy Corps, Ethiopia