AfP Seeks Neuroscience, Spirituality & Peacebuilding Intern

August 12, 2016
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The Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP) is a global membership association of more than 100 peacebuilding organizations, 1,000 professionals, and a network of more than 15,000 people developing processes for change in the most complex, chaotic conflict environments in the United States and around the world. AfP is a leader in developing and disseminating innovative approaches to peacebuilding. For the past two years, AfP has collaborated with the El-Hibri Foundation and Beyond Conflict to further the field’s understanding of how neuroscience can inform peacebuilding practices.

The Alliance for Peacebuilding leads a program called, Re-Wiring the Brain for Peace: Bridging Neuroscience, Peacebuilding and Spirituality. As the basis for this program, AfP hypothesizes that there are antidotes to the brain changes that occur in times of violent conflict and crisis that harness the power of the spiritual dimensions of human life—that peacebuilders can use to design better peacebuilding interventions. Bridging the fields of spirituality, neuroscience and peacebuilding, the project is exploring how–across cultures–contemplative practices, individual and collective rituals, and spiritual values (such as compassion and forgiveness) can impact brain processing, affect human behavior, and ultimately contribute to building peace.
AfP has gathered an impressive group of neuroscientists, experimental psychologists, spiritual leaders and peacebuilding experts from around the world to explore these questions. They are currently working together in four multi-disciplinary working groups: Formal and informal rituals; Sacred values and social-emotional intelligence; Exceptional individuals and peace leaders; Spirituality and trauma healing. In parallel, the project is leading a comprehensive mapping of the field and literature review, as well as gathering key resources for practitioners (including videotape interviews from top experts) which will be presented in an upcoming online interactive platform. Exploratory field studies are also being prepared abroad as well as in the US.


AfP is seeking a creative, highly motivated student to assist with conducting the comprehensive mapping of the field, as well as supporting the work of the working groups and the overall project. The candidate should have familiarity with the literature on peacebuilding and conflict resolution.

This internship position is a part-time, unpaid internship (20 hours/week). A minimum of 16 hours/week is required. The internship will begin as soon as a well-qualified person is identified and no later than September 15, 2016. Preference will be given to candidates that can commit to two full semesters. AfP is willing to work with the candidate’s higher education institution for course credit, if applicable.

Specific Responsibilities

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Support the two co-directors of the project in the coordination of the working groups and the preparation of research papers;
  • Support the literature review process, at the intersection of peacebuilding, neuroscience and spirituality;
  • Support the administrative staff in any tasks needed to ensure the coordination of the overall project and the organization of activities.
  • Help organize meetings, conferences, video of experts, and other forms of outreach.


  • Currently enrolled Masters-level or PhD student
  • Expertise in peacebuilding or related field
  • Prior research experience with excellent skills in bibliographical research
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills with a strong attention to detail
  • Ability to work on projects with little supervision
  • Knowledge of mapping tools and platforms a plus
  • Familiarity or interest in spirituality or neuroscience fields preferred

Application Process

Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and a list of 3 references to: Emily Mallozzi, at

Files should be labeled “Last, First – Cover Letter” (e.g. “Twain, Mark—Resume”). Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and the deadline to apply is: 31 August 2016 at 12 PM EDT. The position will be filled as soon as a well-qualified person is identified.

Only applicants meeting minimum qualifications for the position will be considered. The Alliance for Peacebuilding is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes resumes from all qualified applicants particularly women and minorities. AfP does not discriminate on the basis of gender, ethnicity, race, or persons with disabilities.