Department of Peace and Conflict Research

Internship course at the Bachelor level

The Department of Peace and Conflict Studies offers elective internship courses to students at the Master (MSSc) and Bachelor (BSSc) levels. 

The BSSc internship course is part of the Bachelor Programme in Peace and Development Studies. It relates to the overall learning objectives of that programme, namely, to provide knowledge of both peace and conflict studies and development studies and a nuanced analytical perspective to general patterns of change and continuity in national and regional contexts. To be eligible for the course, students must have pass grades in the programme courses Peace and Conflict Studies A, Development Studies A and the B course. The C course thesis within the programme must have been submitted. Only students enrolled in Peace and Development Studies can start the course.

The course is offered twice yearly, in the Autumn/Fall and Spring terms. Students must early on begin planning for, and pursuing internship opportunities. The Department is not responsible for securing placements. In particular, internships must meet the following criteria:

  1. The internship is relevant to peace/conflict and/or development studies at the BSSc level. Previous internships are not accepted in lieu of, or applied retroactively.
  2. The internship takes place within the academic calendar and entails the appropriate, required number of working weeks: 20 weeks for 30 credits.
  3. The internship hosting institution requires full-time work on behalf of the student.
  4. The internship does not entail travel to, or habitation in an area or territory that is on the ‘no-go’ list of non-essential travel published by the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

All internships are graded (Pass/Fail) for academic credit, based on the submission of a final student report, and an evaluation letter from the internship institution supervisor.

Sign-up submissions

The internship courses are administered by a course convener (, and students are required to submit an Internship Plan and Internship Agreement/Confirmation forms before the internship term, during designated submission periods. The Internship Plan indicates the student’s intentions to undertake the course, and demonstrates adherence to the main criteria of the course. Internship Plan(s) are submitted in the middle of the previous term, and Internship Agreement/Confirmation forms are due approximately five weeks before the beginning of the term. Submissions are sent electronically to the course convener. Note: the Internship Agreement/Confirmation forms must be filled out and signed by the student and her/his internship institution supervisor, and only thereafter, sent by email to the course convener. Only students who have submitted their plans and their agreement/confirmation forms will be registered for the course.  

To download the forms:

Forthcoming deadlines

Forthcoming deadlines for Autumn Term 2018/19 (incl. dates 2018-9-3 to 2019-1-18), are  

  • Internship Plan: 18 June 2018
  • Internship Agreement/Confirmation forms: 17 August 2018

For prospective internship institutions

The Department of Peace and Conflict Studies provides a comprehensive education addressing the causes of conflict and insecurity and the explanations for peace and processes of conflict resolution. Almost all classes are taught in English, and our students are capable of professional writing and speaking in several languages. Students are highly motivated and come from a wide range of backgrounds, many with previous work experience and a varied range of skills. They pursue internships internationally and in Sweden, working in research, policy, education and advocacy as well as within the diplomatic missions of a range of countries. 

Announcements of internship vacancies may sent to the Course Convener at These are circulated internally to undergraduate and graduate students through our student portal. 

A sample list of previous internship placements with non-governmental, international and development actors includes:

  • African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD)
  • Amnesty International
  • Care International
  • Centre for Conflict Management, University of Rwanda
  • Centre d’Encadrement et de Développement des Anciens Combattants (Training Centre for the Development of Ex-combatants)  
  • Centro de Memoria Historica/Colombia (Historical Memory Group/Colombia)
  • Council of the Baltic Sea States
  • Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation
  • Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University
  • Folke Bernadotte Academy
  • Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung
  • Human Security Report Project
  • Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR)
  • Instituto Sou Da Paz
  • International Bridges to Justice (IBJ)  
  • International Centre for Transitional Justice (ICTJ)
  • International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
  • International Crisis Group (ICG)
  • International Sports Alliance
  • Interpeace  
  • Life and Peace Institute
  • Kvinna till Kvinna (Woman to Woman)
  • Medecins sans frontières (Doctors without Borders)
  • Mediators beyond Borders
  • Minority Rights Group International 
  • Nordic Africa Institute (NAI)
  • Nordic Centre for Gender in Military Operations – Swedish Armed Forces International Centre (SWEDINT)
  • Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Olof Palme International Center
  • Overseas Development Institute
  • Oxfam International
  • Parliamentary Forum on Small Arms and Light Weapons
  • Right Livelihood Award Foundation
  • Save the Children
  • Search for Common Ground
  • Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)
  • Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI)
  • Swedish Defence University (Försvarshögskolan)
  • Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)
  • Transparency International
  • United Nations High Commission for Human Rights (OHCHR)
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
  • United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
  • United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
  • United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office
  • Wale Wale Kenya