Deadline : 4 January, 2019

The Women, Peace and Security (WPS) program at Columbia University is pleased to invite applications for the Peace and Social Change Internship. This paid, ten-week internship for Columbia graduate students is designed to support the Peace and Social Change Fellowship Program. Graduate student internships will run from May-July, 2019.

The Peace and Social Change Fellowship Program aims to generate knowledge, build skills, strengthen relationships, exchange strategies and amplify the possibilities generated by frontline advocates and organizers working on issues of social change, justice and, more broadly, security for all people. Through six-month fellowship cycles, cohorts of women changemakers representing a variety of geographic and thematic areas will come together as a critical learning community to learn from and with each other, both virtually and in-person. The first round of the Peace and Social Change Fellowship program is for women changemakers working across Africa.

To support this powerful network of changemakers, the WPS program seeks graduate student research interns to undertake a participatory process with the fellows to create a transnational hub of interdisciplinary work and research, grounded in the needs and desires of the fellows themselves in order to support and increase the visibility of the fellows’ activism.

The WPS program believes that in times of heightened inequality, hate crimes, and global consciousness of violence against women, and in times of vibrant transnational mobilizations for gender and racial justice, the Peace and Social Change Fellowship Program can generate knowledge, advocacy and new forms of networks to support peace and justice projects launched and led by women.

Interns will be supervised and guided by the WPS program staff, and will be in contact with fellows by email and web. At the end of the 10-week internship period, graduate student interns will be flown to Nairobi, Kenya to meet with the Peace and Social Change fellows and present their collaborative projects. All costs related to travel, lodging, and meals throughout the Nairobi convening will be covered.

The ten-week Peace and Social Change Internship is designed to be 10-20 hours per week and will be 100 hours total. Selection for interns will be based on application

• Graduate student at any Columbia or TC department
• Enrolled throughout the duration of proposed project/research
• Visa status eligible to work or receive payment in the US
• Scholarship/Fellowship status eligible to receive additional funding

This opportunity is especially tailored for graduate students who:
• Are interested in working side by side with grassroots women changemakers
• Want direct experience with project-based work
• Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills
• Are curious about and/or interested in the participatory praxis of activism/research.

Application deadline is 4 January, 2019

For more information and to apply, click here. 

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