Successful completion of either an internship in Peace, Conflict, and Coexistence Studies (PAX 92a/b) or a PAX related senior honors thesis in one's major is a core requirement for completing the Peace, Conflict, and Coexistence Studies program.
The internship consists of at least 10 hours a week in a social change organization in the greater Boston area or, during a summer or semester or year abroad, anywhere else in the United States or the world. The intern is supervised by a PAX professor or staff member; keeps a daily journal; presents and does the reading of a bibliography on the topic of the internship and its larger framework; and writes a paper of 15-20 pages at the end of the internship.
The student is expected to meet weekly or biweekly with the supervisor and to e-mail weekly or biweekly if doing the work abroad. Internships can be found on one's own or can be discovered through the Hiatt Career Center.
Possible intern sites and experiences should be approved by Professor Gordon Fellman before they are undertaken. Students are responsible for choosing their intern sites.
Elena J. Korn
Brandeis University 2013
Candidate for B.A. in International and Global Studies, Peace, Conflict and Coexistence Studies, & Women's and Gender Studies
This summer I interned with Massachusetts Job with Justice. I was an Immigrant Rights Intern and worked with the undocumented immigrant community in Massachusetts. I attended pickets, trainings, community meetings, and actions at the state house in support of immigrant friendly legislation. I gained direct experience community organizing, advocating on behalf of immigrants, and supporting other Jobs with Justice campaigns such as Change Wal-mart, Caring Across Generations and the 99% Campaign. I would recommend this internship to any Brandeis student interested in having a very independent, hands-on experience!