International Peace & Conflict Resolution Careers
Graduates are prepared to enter today's workforce as proponents of peaceful social change. Skills learned in the International Peace and Conflict Resolution program can be applied to a number of diverse fields, such as: human rights and international law, humanitarian relief and international public health, environmental conflict management and sustainable development, post-conflict reconstruction and professional mediation.
A typical graduate of the IPCR Program is well-prepared for a variety of rewarding professional careers as well as meaningful personal participation in the challenges that face all of us in the interconnected world of the 21st century. The interdisciplinary character of the IPCR program gives students a sophisticated understanding of social dynamics and international issues, as well as giving them a firm grounding in research and analytic methods that are highly transferable to many areas of work and life. The field’s solution-oriented approach to social, political and environmental problems prepares M.A. candidates to see integrative, lasting solutions where others see only entrenched division and insurmountable obstacles. The IPCR program gives its students the benefits of a multidisciplinary graduate-level approach to the increasingly critical field of peace and conflict resolution while coupling with it, a mandatory internship experience designed to be a "foot-in-the-door" towards eventual post-graduate employment.
A wide spectrum exists of professional opportunities that rely critically everyday on research and writing skills, strong communication skills, resource or team management skills, and mediation, policy-making and problem-solving skills, all spread across local, national and international arenas.
Professional areas typically include:
- Regional Self-Determination
- Emerging Nations Development
- Human Rights Advocacy
- Domestic Economic and Social Justice
- Environmental Protection
- Peace Education
- Civil Society Building
- Transitional Justice
- Gender-based Rights
- Public Health
- Public Policy
- Community Development
- Sustainable Development
- Intercultural Communications
- Peace Building, Peace Keeping, Arms Control and Military Policy
Employers looking for such skills and experience in peace education and conflict resolution typically include the United Nations and its various specialized agencies (UNICEF, UNDP, UNDPKO); the Peace Corps; private international voluntary concerns and non-governmental organizations; federal government departments and regulatory agencies such as the Department of Justice, the Department of State, the Environmental Protection Agency, The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor and the Department of Interior; and increasingly, a for-profit industry that focuses on mediation and conflict resolution services in the public sector, in public policy (environmental, human rights, resource management and land development), the resolution of corporate or individual party disputes (alternative dispute resolution) and between individuals in the business sector (peace education, human resource management, group facilitation and organizational dynamics).
The following are snap shots of what some typical career paths in conflict resolution, social justice and peace education might look like, depending on a graduate student’s chosen area of concentration for interning, research and second-year study: