Peacebuilding and Development
- Little Friends for Peace gives inner-city children an oasis from their violent surroundings, including peace
education and group activities. Interns work directly with children.
- Next Step Public Charter School seeks interns to work with restorative justice in an educational setting (e.g., dialogue
circles, document and check in with students regarding attendance and behavior, etc.).
- Action Aid International focuses on topics such as food rights, women’s rights, governance, education, emergencies
and conflict, HIV and AIDS, and youth. This internship allows you to work with a former WCSC associate director.
- The Community Peacebuilding Team of the Latin American Youth Center engages high-risk and gang-involved youth in violence intervention and prevention
and is seeking volunteer university students or recent graduates to assist with: community
focus group facilitation, restorative justice research and facilitation, summer youth
development and violence intervention, and youth violence program evaluation.
- Center for Teaching Peace – Helping peace leader Colman McCarthy teach two peace classes at an inner city high
school, and attending his college courses for free at Georgetown U, American U, and/or
University of Maryland
- DC Jobs with Justice trains and involves interns in community organizing, through their work with labor
unions and oppressed workers, especially immigrant day laborers. Interns have helped
with trainings in community organizing for members of the community, have helped educate
day laborers on their rights, and have helped to organize volunteers to teach English
and workers’ rights to day laborers at the Home Depot parking lot.
- Legacies of War is offering an Advocacy Internship in which a motivated student with strong diplomatic
skills and an interest in peace and public policy could get hands-on experience in
advocacy and public relations at an organization that has already taken great strides in moving the U.S. to clean up cluster bombs and offer financial assistance in rebuilding.
- Torture Abolition and Survivor Support Coalition is a very small organization that works to end torture around the world and empower
survivors in the DC metro area. WCSC interns would likely work alongside MSW students from DC universities to connect survivors of torture to different services
in the area, including legal, psychological and medical services. Responsibilities
could include any combination of the following, based on student interest: meeting
one-on-one with survivors for counseling; case management, including providing referrals
to lawyers, psychologists and doctors for asylum cases and treatment; helping to organize
activities to help survivors in the healing process; organizing venues for survivors
to share their stories; being a bridge/connector between TASSC and EMU; administrative activities such as data-entry and thanking donors; working with the
director on grant writing; or working with the advocacy coordinator on advocacy projects.
Legislative & Foreign Policy Advocacy
- Mennonite Central Committee Washington Office
- Mennonite Central Committee East Coast (contact WCSC staff for more information)
- Washington Office on Latin America
- World Vision
- Public Citizen – Representing consumer rights in Congress (health, safety, environmental sustainability)
- Bread for the World, a faith-based organization focused on national and international hunger
- Poverty and Race Research Action Council, a civil rights policy organization convened by major civil rights and anti-poverty
groups to help connect social scientists with advocates working on race and poverty
issues, and to promote a research-based advocacy strategy on issues of structural
- Witness for Peace, a human rights and economic justice organization dedicated to change United States
foreign and economic policies which contribute to poverty and oppression in Latin
America and the Caribbean
- American Friends Service Committee, local – Educates, trains and advocates on behalf of the D.C. area community in issues around
peace building, economic justice and human rights
- American Friends Service Committee – Working on policy/advocacy with Congress, the Executive branch, foreign diplomats,
non-governmental agencies, faith-based colleagues, and the press on AFSC’s priority
issues, including Iraq, Israel/Palestine, Colombia, civil rights and liberties, and
economic justice in the U.S.
- National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund
- Washington Peace Center
- Public Campaign
- Congressional Offices
Community Organizing & Local Empowerment
Policy & Social Science Research
Restorative Justice & Mediation
Economics & International Development