Working at the Intersection of Peacebuilding, Policy & Education for over 90 Years

Our Work - IWA

Since 1924, the Institute of World Affairs has been working to bring together individuals and communities to better understand and resolve conflict.  This includes cutting-edge research on the practice and effectiveness of international peacebuilding as well as on-the-ground initiatives to bring local communities, business leaders, and government representatives together in constructive dialogue.

Dr. Gregorian with President President George Vella of Malta

Dr. Gregorian and Dr. Smith of IWA and colleagues from George Mason University and the University of Malta with H.E. George Vella, President of Malta

Professional development programs and web-based learning initiatives designed for diplomats and staff of international organizations help bridge the divide between learning and practice.  Roundtable discussions, conferences, and workshops bring together policy experts, community leaders, and decision makers.

New Publication

Experiences of the Subsequent Generations: A Salvadorian-American Conversation

by Adrienne Castellón, Program Associate, IWA & Margaret Smith, Director of Trauma Healing and Community Resilience, IWA

Internships at IWA

The Institute of World Affairs (IWA) offers internship opportunities to qualified graduate students. Internships are typically semester-long but may be extended under special circumstances. While there is no financial remuneration, IWA interns often receive academic credit from their home institution. The program is highly selective, with two or three students accepted each semester.

Qualifications: Applicants must be enrolled in or recent graduates of programs in peace studies, conflict resolution, development, human rights and allied fields. Field experience is preferred. Applicants must have excellent research, writing, and organizational skills, and be able to work independently. IWA interns generally work remotely.

Application Process: Applicants must submit a resume and a cover letter describing their experience and qualifications, and the particular program at IWA that is of interest to them and why. All internship correspondence should be directed to Dr. Joyce P. Kaufman, Director of Internships, Institute of World Affairs at

Fall 2022 Internship on Mediation and Violence Prevention

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