If you want to intern at an international nonprofit, we have just the job you're looking for. NP Internships contribute to the global civilian peacekeeping movement while providing firsthand experience in the workings of an International Non-Governmental Organization (INGO). Interns work on various projects including fundraising support, campaigns, events, public relations, social media management, and communication in either the Head Office in Brussels or US Office in Minneapolis. Generally NP internships are unpaid.
Internships can be summer-long, semester-long, or customized to meet your needs.
"Being a child I was sure any quarrel or conflict could be worked out. Year after year I wondered why people choose to fight where there is always the chance to live in peace. Then I grew up realising how people run their own agendas, and how sometimes, they won’t change their direction, even if it crushes others.
As I graduated as a journalist I decided that I would like to do something for the people by myself. Nonviolent Peaceforce is the organisation I was meant to find. It pursues a nonviolent conflict resolution approach with a healthy prevention of conflicts’ repercussions as well.
I was thrilled when the opportunity for an internship came up at NP; I quickly applied and was successful through the interview process. At the time I was completing my Masters in International Development in Brussels and working for NP seemed like a great fit to understand more about peacemaking, conflict dynamics and the impact of an international NGO. I was extremely attracted to the internship due to the unique approach the organization had to conflict resolution. Initially I read about the work being conducted in South Sudan and was particularly interested in how unarmed civilian peacekeeping could make a difference. While working for NP, I learnt more and more about unarmed civilian peacekeeping and had the opportunity to discuss with our teams in the field. Working for NP also allowed me to learn more about conflicts in the Philippines, Myanmar and the South Caucasus. Every member of the team, in head office and in the field, is passionate and truly believes in the work NP is doing. It was such a great experience and was truly motivating to work with others who are equally as passionate about conflict resolution and saving lives."
Alexia Krepiakevich, NP Intern at NP Brussels, March - September 2014
Nonviolent Peaceforce relies on the support of volunteers to do our work. To learn about current volunteer opportunities in the US, visit our VolunteerMatch page.
"In the fall of 2002, a friend invited me to a weekly demonstration in Edina, Minnesota, at the international headquarters of an arms and munitions maker. This was the second one, 33 years after the first. I probably would not have gone to the demonstration but for what he had shared about the impact of these munitions on our own troops and countless thousands of civilians. After working for 30 years with veterans who struggled with the physical and emotional scarring from what they had lived through in past wars, I do not want to see more vets deal with yet another type of pain. Not only was the demonstration meaningful, but the people I met have had an amazing impact on my life. One couple, Mary Lou and Gene Ott, told me about their involvement in Nonviolent Peaceforce. After the first few months of weekly demonstrations, I made the decision to spend at least as much time working for something as I spend demonstrating against something. Since the spring of 2003, I have committed between four and eight hours a week to volunteer work for the Nonviolent Peaceforce. I honestly believe that each small task I complete contributes to an effort that resolves conflicts without using violence. In the long run, I believe this approach will result in a more sane, peaceful world for my kids, my grand kids and generations to come."
Tom Sullivan NP Volunteer since 2003
"Revolutionary change does not come as one cataclysmic moment, but as an endless succession of surprises, moving zigzag toward a more decent society. We don't have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world." Howard Zinn
Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP) is a Brussels-based international NGO operating in the field of unarmed civilian peacekeeping. Our programmes in the Philippines, Myanmar, South Sudan and South Caucasus serve vulnerable and conflict-affected populations by working to reduce violence, protect human rights defenders, create safe spaces for dialogue, and facilitate conflict-sensitive returns of displaced persons. Internationally, NP raises awareness at the EU and UN level on the productive role and impact nonviolent international presence can make in areas of conflict and builds rosters of potential peacekeepers through trainings.
We are regularly looking for new motivated associates to join our team. Learn more about how you can be part of Nonviolent Peaceforce by reading our employment opportunities.
Whether as a career professional, a volunteer, or an intern, there’s a place to put your passion for peace into action with Nonviolent Peaceforce. Our staff includes individuals of many nationalities and backgrounds – all with a shared desire for nonviolent and peaceful resolutions to war. Our volunteers have various skillsets and levels of involvement. To get started, select your area of interest to your right and learn more about how you can be part of Nonviolent Peaceforce.