Master of Global Affairs International Peace Studies students begin virtual field experiences

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Hannah Heinzekehr | August 24, 2020

As they have every July for the past three years, second-year master of global affairs students with a concentration in International Peace Studies (IPS) began internships with partner peacebuilding organizations around the world. But unlike in previous years, most students began these internships working remotely due to the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic. 

These six-month internships are part of an integrated field learning process that allows MGA students to deepen their identity as reflective practitioners and expand their professional peacebuilding experience. IPS students work four days per week with a leading peace and justice organization and spend one day each week focused on independent field research. 

When it became apparent that in person, international internships may not be possible due to COVID-19, Susan St. Ville, director of the international peace studies concentration, and Jennifer Betz, assistant director of the concentration, quickly scheduled one-on-one meetings with students to brainstorm domestic placement opportunities that would allow them to still gain professional experience that met their research and peacebuilding interests. They also drew on support from members of the Kroc Institute’s faculty, Anne Hayner, associate director for alumni relations and the Kroc Institute’s global alumni network, and Erin Aucar, Notre Dame’s DC regional engagement manager, in order to identify new organizations for students to partner with. 

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