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Internship Program

Interns play an integral role in carrying out the work of The Conflict Center through a wide range of direct and indirect service assignments. Interns carry out tasks in all program areas, administration, community outreach and fund development. Interns from high schools, undergraduate and graduate programs all play a role in helping The Conflict Center provide services at the group, classroom, organizational and community levels. An internship at The Conflict Center can guide your career path and glean clarity on the type of work you want to pursue. Internships are a collaborative effort, tailored to meet each intern’s needs and areas of interest while responding to current organizational needs.

Interns will have the option of learning about and actively participating in a variety of program areas at The Conflict Center including Addressing Conflict and Anger for adults and youth, Restorative Practices Program, Reading for Peace, Social Norming and Hot Spot Mapping. Additional assignments are also available in the areas of outreach, evaluation, fund development, grant writing, event planning, volunteer coordination, communication and marketing.

Internship Requirements

All adult interns are required to complete a basic background check prior to starting any training or assignments. A more extensive fingerprint background check may also be required for those interns working in schools. Interns are also expected to “walk the talk” utilizing the skills we teach to communicate directly, use creative problem-solving skills and help build a healthy and supportive work environment.

The following trainings are available to all interns committed to two semesters.

Addressing Conflict and Anger for Adults class

Restorative Practices series (101, 201 and 301)

Additional assignment specific training sessions

The Conflict Center is committed to diversity in our workplace and we are seeking applicants who reflect the diverse populations we serve.

What interns say about our program

“This was a very supportive learning environment. I was trusted and got access to a lot which felt empowering.”

“Various opportunities for leadership, networking and professional contacts.”

“I feel I was able to learn a lot and be challenged in my work as well as contribute in a positive way.”

“I was really excited to be interning here. I feel I was able to work autonomously which is important to me while also being part of a team and being able to work with others.”

When conflict happens in the workplace or people experience inappropriate or difficult behavior at work, relationships are damaged and productivity often suffers.
 
Workplaces that embrace Restorative Practices have the potential to create a safer, happier and more effective workplace for everyone. Restorative Practices can be used within the workplace both as a preventative measure and to address conflict when it does arise, enabling teams and individuals to work well together.

Restorative Practices can be an effective way to resolve workplace conflict. It involves:
  • bringing together all those affected by conflict
  • providing a safe environment for the expression of perspective
  • allowing participants to come to a shared understanding
  • identifying creative ways to deal with conflict
  • providing opportunities to rebuild damaged relationships and strengthen teams 

Restorative approaches can also be used proactively within the workplace to build strong, positive relationships. Staff meetings, for example, can be focused on building relationships and based around a foundation of mutual respect.
 
To discuss opportunities to bring this training to your workplace or to customize this training to your organizations needs, please contact Jessica Sherwood at Jessica.Sherwood@conflictcenter.org or call 303.865.5624.
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