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Intern and Volunteer Placement

Internship Opportunities

Grant Writing Assistant

Assist the Peace Studies Program in researching and securing opportunities for expansion and funding through grant-writing. Learn valuable grant-writing skills and gain knowledge about Peace Studies and related programs in Albuquerque, across the country, and throughout the world.

More detail to be announced soon.

The Lens: Writers, Photographers, Editors

Join the Peace Studies Publication Team to tell the story of peace. Monthly issues related to themes of Peace and Justice need reporters, photographers, and editors.

Peace Makers Consulting Intern

Students would need to attend a 40 hours basic mediation training and a 30 hour Restorative Justice training. These trainings are taught by Tonya Covington (Director of Conflict Resolutions at Outcomes), would be free, are held on weekends and they receive a certificate. Interns would have to volunteer at least 10 hours in the Metro court mediation program for hands on experience and then they would co-mediate Victim/Offender cases for Peace Makers Consulting Firm.

Tonya Covington is the Director of Conflict Resolution at Outcomes, Inc. Tonya has been a trained mediator and teacher of mediation since 1988. Tonya has expertise in Restorative Justice, Workplace, Transformative, Cross-cultural, Postal (REDRESS), Divorce and Elder mediation.

** Skills to be gained = Mediation techniques, working with people of diverse backgrounds and interpersonal communication skills

** Applicable Professions = Mediation Counselor, Restorative Justice Professional and Divorce Mediator

Teaching and Curriculum Development Assistant

Assist with teaching and curriculum development for the Peace Studies Program. More details TBA.

Productions and Publicity Assistant: Social Justice Film Series

The main goal of this internship includes collaborating with local businesses and organizations, such as the The Guild, the Peace and Justice Center and the Daily Lobo to create marketing plans to spread the word of the People Before Profit Film Series. Also, by working closely with these local businesses, these relationships and networks can be passed on to future interns. In addition to this, six hours a week should be dedicated to marketing, assisting with setting up class equipment if needed.

** Skills to be gained = networking skills, professional communication with community members and time management.

** Applicable Professions = Working as a professional editor for a local publication, project manager for a non-profit and outreach coordinator for an organization.

Area High School Outreach Assistant

High School Outreach Coordinator = The high school outreach coordinator utilizes his or her public relation skills to promote awareness, find volunteers, and organize events that benefit the Peace and Justice Studies program specifically related to various high schools in the Albuquerque area. He or she works directly with teachers of the ABQ high school community to educate them and explain the importance of the Peace Studies program. Requirements for this job title include developing relationships with teachers to make presentations to their classes about the Peace and Justice Studies program at UNM. A script must be developed specifically tailored for high school students in a way that communicates how to directly get involved for college credit.

** Skills to be gained = interpersonal communication with fellow peers, professional communication in a public setting, networking skills, and an overall ability to mobilize those around you for a common purpose.

** Applicable professions = Case Manager (e.g. social services), Executive Director for a Non-Profit Organization and Program Coordinator for a Non-Profit Organization.

Outreach Coordinator

The UNM community outreach coordinator utilizes his or her public relation skills to promote awareness, find volunteers, and organize events that benefit the Peace and Justice Studies program. He or she works directly with members of the UNM community and various other community partners to educate them and explain the importance of the Peace Studies program. Tasks include scheduling a table in the SUB to attend weekly as a way to reach out to the student body. Flyers are printed to hand out at tabling events like this. Additionally, a script is to be drafted concerning the concept of “peace”, the Peace Studies academic discipline and opportunities offered through the program here on campus. The script is used to give presentations to classes around campus. It is highly recommended to join “Toastmasters” (professional public speaking club) to help develop public speaking skills. Preparation is key for this job title.

** Skills to be gained = interpersonal communication with fellow peers, professional communication in a public setting, networking skills, and an overall ability to mobilize those around you for a common purpose.

** Applicable professions = Case Manager (e.g. social services), Executive Director for a Non-Profit Organization and Program Coordinator for a Non-Profit Organization.

Youth Media Specialist

The Youth Media Specialist works mainly with the Peace and Justice Studies publication called The Lens. He or she must be willing to find stories within and outside the UNM community, which deal with the spreading of peace. Along with finding stories the Youth Media Specialist must also attend different events on campus and conduct interviews as a potential story can be anywhere. In conjunction with The Lens, the Youth Media Specialist also has the opportunity to work on different media outlets such as Generation Justice; a youth media project, which helps youth create media that inspires social change, or Grassroots NM; UNM’s radio show.

** Skills to be gained = writing skills, communication/interview, radio production, organization, ability to find the story in unlikely places, sense of voice.

** Applicable professions = Journalist, radio production, newspaper production.

Website and Social Media Support Staff

The Peace Lens staff intern has to devote her/his time to promote the program through social media including Facebook and the Peace Studies website. He or she also has to be up to date with the current events held by students-led clubs and movements in and out of the University of New Mexico. The intern hired for this position will need strong critical thinking skills in order to integrate into the vibrant and passionate visions that the program is trying to create through a life-long network between members of the Peace Studies team.

** Skills to be gained = An effective progress in the communication between Peace Studies fellows, time management to complete the tasks given, being up to date and socially active.

** Applicable Professions = Working as a professional editor for a local publication, project manager for a non-profit and outreach coordinator for an organization.

Legislative Support

Assist analyzing and developing social justice policies. Opportunity for assisting with drafting legislation and being mentored by State Legislators. More details to be announced soon.

Border Immersion Experience Assistant Organizer

The BIE Intern helps coordinate community and University resources to provide an educational and experiential student trip to the U.S. – Mexico Border. The BIE Intern recruits students and community members interested in learning about and experiencing life along the border, the policies which effect it, and their role in preserving human rights. This involves coordinating with an existing program either in New Mexico or in Texas to provide housing and tours, setting up informational meetings, fundraising events, and navigating UNM policies and regulations. The BIE Intern leads or co-leads the student group to Texas and (possibly) Mexico and is responsible for the care and safety of the group. It is preferable for any applicant to this position to have pre-existing knowledge of the border, of U.S. immigration and Economic policies and treaties, of U.S.-Mexico relations, of current events, as well as the violence currently effecting Mexico (the femicide, etc).

** Skills to be gained = leadership and interpersonal communication skills, professional communication skills, networking skills, experience in event preparation and group coordination, and bureaucratic navigation skills.

**Applicable Professions = Program Coordinator, Event Coordinator, and Community Organizer, Advocate.

Refugee Well-being Project

The Refugee Well-being Project (RWP) is a community-based participatory research study with the goal of promoting the mental health and well-being of refugees in New Mexico through an innovative 9-month program that emphasizes mutual learning and the mobilization of community resources. Several internships are available, including:

Refugee Advocate

Work hands-on with area refugee for mutual learning. Advocate for the refugee’s goals as developed with the program and the individual.

Policy Analyst

Join the student refugee rights group and work toward the goal of changing policy. Analyze refugee rights on a local and national level and implement strategies for change.

Research Assistant

Assist with the Refugee Well-being Project’s research data.

Peace Garden Development and Maintenance

Learn about sustainability and the environment while helping to implement a “Peace Garden” on UNM Campus. More details available soon.

Bridges to Tajikistan Intern

Bridges to Tajikistan is committed to creating sustainable, international connections between individuals in Tajikistan and the United States to further the educational and professional opportunities for young Tajiks, while advancing understandings of shared interest in humanity and a common future.

The assignment will be based on the student’s interests and talents, and may include one or more of the following tasks: research on the establishment of a Fair Trade business, graphic design assistance for Fair Trade sales, website updates, planning cultural activities for Tajiks on the Open World Program (various dates), assisting with professional appointments for Tajiks visiting Albuquerque on the Open World program, electronic networking and communication with Tajik professionals, assist with recruiting home stay hosts for Tajiks, communication with partners in Tajikistan for updates on their programs, writing copy for fundraising letters, coordinate translation of stories about handicrafts artists from Tajikistan, and assist in development of a collaboration platform.

** Skills to be gained = Experience with a non-profit organization with a global reach while gaining skills in professionalism, empowerment, confidence and international knowledge, specifically to that of Central Asia.

** Applicable professions = A position within an international non-governmental organization or an international non-profit.

Feminization of Poverty Summit Assistant Organizer

Albuquerque NOW (National Organization for Women) is hosting a “Feminization of Poverty Summit” in Fall 2015. Students interesting in helping to lift women out of poverty and equalize the pay gap will assist ABQ NOW in organizing the summit. Among other tasks, the intern will be responsible for assisting with on campus organizational tasks such as reserving rooms, publicizing the event, and building student, faculty, and student organization support, as well as getting involved with women’s rights groups to inform and get informed. In addition, the student will assist with planning workshops and networking in the community for connections, speakers, and attendees. Finally, on the day of the event, the student will assist with the program or with workshops if desired.

**Skills to be gained = knowledge of the feminization of poverty; organizational skills; networking; workshop facilitating and leadership

**Applicable Professions = Event-planner, Community Organizer, Advocate, Administrative Assistant

Southwest Women’s Law Center Internship

The intern must have access to a computer, the ability to work independently and conduct themselves professionally. Duties may include assisting in the planning, implementation and/or coordination of events/fundraisers, creating awareness on campus of SWLC’s programs and initiatives, and mobilizing students and young adults to become involved in legislative issues that affect women and girls.

All internships are unpaid, but can be taken for upper level UNM credit through the Peace and Justice Studies Program.

An evaluation of the intern’s work will be provided to the supervising professor in accordance with the university’s requirements. It is anticipated that the intern would need to commit to 5-10 hours per week for a minimum commitment of 80 hours. A reflective paper will be required if taken for credit.

** Skills to be gained = Experience with a local law center with a focus on legal and legislative issues that pertain to the rights of women and girls, while expanding personal, professional and community building skills.

** Applicable professions = A position with a non-profit organization, law center, or any advocacy organization.

Southwest Women’s Law Center 2015 Summer Internship Program

The Southwest Women’s Law is a policy and advocacy Law Center that focuses on developing and advancing opportunities for girls and women in the State of New Mexico. We offer an exciting 8 week summer internship for students who are entering either their senior year in college or have completed at least one year of law school and who are interested in social change and justice for women and girls in the five strategic areas of the Law Center. The areas include advancing quality healthcare for women and girls in New Mexico, advocating for economic security for survivors of domestic violence, advancing equal access to sports programs for middle and high school students, advocating for equal pay for women and advocating for reproductive justice.

Summer internships at the Southwest Women’s Law Center are volunteer positions that provide an excellent option for earning school credit. The summer internship is an 8 week program that runs from June 1 through July 31, 2015 encompassing both investigative work and research and writing in one or more of five focus areas of the Law Center. At the end of the program, summer interns will be asked to present a summary of their work in a Community Forum that will provide an opportunity to educate the community on the work of the Law Center and on the 8 week intensive Summer Intern Program. Our Summer Intern Program allows students to develop innovative ideas that will advance opportunities for girls and women, and to work with other advocacy groups around the state through strong collaborations. The Southwest Women’s Law Center is an equal opportunity employer looking for dedicated individuals who want to create a better tomorrow through the work we are doing today.

Design your own internship with an organization of your choice, or check with us for existing partnerships in a variety of fields or organizations, including:

  • ABQ National Organization for Women
  • Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice
  • Bridges to Tajikistan
  • British Language Academy
  • Erda Gardens
  • Generation Justice
  • Faith Coalition for Immigrant Justice
  • Media Literacy Project
  • National Gay Straight Alliance
  • New Mexico Human Rights Projects
  • NMPIRG
  • Project PeacePal
  • Southwest Women’s Law Center
  • Refugee Well-being Project
  • …and many more!