Contact Information

Gordon Fellman, Chair fellman@brandeis.edu

Cheryl Hansen, program administrator chansen@brandeis.edu

international organizations offering internships

Amnesty International - UK
Amnesty International (AI) is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights. AI's mission is to undertake research and action focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of the rights to physical and mental integrity, freedom of conscience and expression, and freedom from discrimination, within the context of its work to promote all human rights.

Human Rights Watch - International
An international human rights research and advocacy organization.

INCORE - Ireland
International Conflict Research was set up in 1993 by the University of Ulster and the United Nations University to undertake research and policy work that is useful to the resolution of ethnic, political and religious conflicts. Currently, INCORE's research focuses mainly on post conflict issues, issues of governance and diversity, and research methodology in violent societies.

International Alert - UK
International Alert is a non-governmental organization based in the UK. The creation of the organization was a response to the rise in violent conflict within countries and the subsequent abuse of individual and collective human rights in conflict situations.

International Crisis Group (Brussels office)
ICG is an independent, non-profit, multinational organization, with over 90 staff members on five continents, working through field-based analysis and high-level advocacy to prevent and resolve deadly conflict. Based on information and assessments from the field, ICG produces regular analytical reports containing practical recommendations targeted at key international decision-takers. ICG also publishes CrisisWatch, a 12-page monthly bulletin, providing a succinct regular update on the state of play in all the most significant situations of conflict or potential conflict around the world.

United Nations University
UNU aims to contribute, through research and capacity building, to efforts to resolve the pressing global problems that are the concern of the United Nations, its peoples and member states.

Saferworld (UK)
An independent foreign affairs think tank working to identify, develop and publicize more effective approaches to armed conflict. Saferworld has two programs: Arms and Security, and Conflict Prevention.

United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research
An inter-governmental organization within the United Nations, UNIDIR conducts research on disarmament and security with the aim of assisting the international community in their disarmament thinking, decisions and efforts. Through its research projects, publications, small meetings and expert networks, UNIDIR promotes creative thinking and dialogue on the disarmament and security challenges of today and of tomorrow.

International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA)
IANSA is the global network of civil society organizations working to stop the proliferation and misuse of small arms and light weapons (SALW). World attention is increasingly focused on the humanitarian impact of these weapons, and IANSA brings together the voices and activities of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and concerned individuals across the world to prevent their deadly effects.

Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace - India
WISCOMP promotes the leadership, visibility and participation of Asian women in international affairs. Planned as a South Asian program, WISCOMP seeks to generate an alternative discourse on a range of issues related to peace and security through research, advocacy and building networks within and across borders.

Foundation for Sustainable Development - Latin America, Africa, South Asia
FSD supports the efforts of grassroots development organizations in the developing world that are working to better their communities, environments and the economic opportunities around them.

FSD provides internship programs of eight weeks and longer with organizations in Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, India, Kenya, Nicaragua, Peru and Uganda, as part of an integrated program that includes a family homestay, orientation and debriefing sessions, grant making and program support. Development subjects include: micro-enterprise/microfinance, health, environment, youth and education, women's empowerment, community development, and human rights.

European Centre for Minority Issues - Germany
ECMI conducts practice-oriented research; provides information and documentation; and offers advisory services concerning minority-majority relations in Europe. The early monitoring, study and resolution of ethnic tension and potential conflict in all regions of Europe-East and West - provides one of the major focal points for the Centre's activities.

International Peace Research Institute (PRIO) - Norway
PRIO was one of the first centers of peace research in the world, and it is Norway’s only peace research institute. Its founding and early influence were instrumental in projecting the idea of peace research. PRIO's research concentrates on the driving forces behind violent conflict and on ways in which peace can be built, maintained and spread.

In addition to theoretical and empirical research, PRIO also conducts policy-oriented activities and engages in the search for solutions in cases of actual or potential violent conflict. This combination of scholarship and practice has brought PRIO closer to meeting the normative ambitions of peace research: to apply high-quality academic standards to the study of peace and conflict, and to help diminish violent conflict in practice.