Department of Peace and Conflict Research

Internship courses at the Master level

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

At the MSSc level, the elective internship courses are available during the Autumn term of the second year of study. Courses offered are Internship in Peace and Conflict Studies (30 credits) and Internship in Peace and Conflict Studies A or B (15 credits).  These courses are part of the Master Programme in Peace and Conflict Studies. They relate to the overall learning objectives of that programme, namely, to give the student a thorough understanding of advanced issues in peace and conflict research in order to be able to critically examine, assess and analyze the origin, dynamics and resolution of armed conflicts on a scientific basis. The student acquires knowledge and skills that give the capacity for independent and critical assessment, the ability to solve problems self-reliantly and the ability to monitor the development of knowledge obtained by peace and conflict research.

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 and conflict studies at the MSSc level. Previous internships are not accepted in lieu of, or applied retroactively.
  2. The internship takes place within the academic calendar dates and entails the appropriate, required number of working weeks: 20 weeks for 30 credits; or 10 weeks for 15 credits. Note: the term is divided into two 10 weeks periods and exact dates are between end of August and mid-October, and early November to mid-January. Students should consult the university academic calendar.
  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
  5. The internship is scheduled so that the student/intern is ready to actively participate in the Master’s thesis course starting on the first Monday of the following Spring Term, in January.

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.


The internship courses are administered by a course convener (, and students are required to submit Internship Plan (s) and Internship Agreement/Confirmation forms in advance of the Autumn term. The Internship Plan indicates student intentions to undertake the elective course, and demonstrates that students have addressed the main criteria of the courses. Submissions are sent electronically to the course convener. Internship Plan (s) are submitted to the course convener between 1 and 9 June of every Spring term. The Internship Agreement/Confirmation forms must be filled out and signed by each student and their internship placement supervisor, and only thereafter, sent by email to the course convener between 1 and 14 August, in advance of the Autumn term start. Only students who have submitted their plans and their agreement/confirmation forms will be registered for the courses.  

To download the forms:


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

  • Internship Plan: 11 June 2018
  • Internship Agreement and Institutional Confirmation Forms: 18 July (new! early submission possible) -or- 22 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 and advocacy as well as within diplomatic missions of a range of countries.  Announcements of internship vacancies may sent to the, these will be circulated internally to 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