E-Internship Program

The Peace and Conflict Studies’ e-internship program is a novel approach to undergraduate internships that builds on a growing telecommuting trend in the business community. Using the College’s IT infrastructure, the e-internship program links students in Williamsburg with government agencies, think tanks, non-governmental organizations, and industry in the United States and internationally. PACS e-interns apply the knowledge and skills they attain in their classes to real world challenges, gaining insight into the interplay between theory and practice in international affairs as well as valuable professional experience. Moreover, e-internships can serve as a valuable boost to securing onsite internships in the future.

Students participating in the program do not have to find their own internships. PACS has secured internship positions in the international affairs community. Once selected into the e-internship program, PACS and the e-internship directors will work with organizations to place students. E-intern applicants should specify topics of interest or organizational preferences in their cover letters.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, applications are due by 5pm on Friday, October 13. Apply through Tribe Careers, ID 27528.

Here is a sampling of past participating organizations:

  • Air Combat Command
  • Atlas Corps
  • Center for International Maritime Security
  • Defense Entrepreneurs Forum
  • Defense Innovation Board
  • Diplomatic Courier Magazine
  • Global Environmental Facility
  • International Development Law
  • Organization
  • International Health Branch, Office of the
  • Command Surgeon
  • National Defense University
  • S. Army Training and Doctrine Command
  • S. European Command
  • Young Professionals in Foreign Policy
  • And more…

And Internship Research Topics:

  • Cyber Security
  • European Security and Defense
  • Evolution of the Operational Environment
  • Foreign Policy
  • Future of Peace and Warfare
  • GIS and Geospatial
  • Global Health & Wellbeing
  • Grand Strategy
  • International Law and Development
  • International Social Issues
  • Piracy and Maritime Security
  • Refugee Camps
  • Social Media and ISIS
  • South China Sea
  • Technology and Civil Society
  • US-Cuba Relations and Drug Trafficking
  • Women’s Rights
  • And more…
Responsibilities

As a PACS e-intern, you will have the following responsibilities:

  • E-interns must work approximately 10 hours a week during the fall 2017 and spring 2018 semesters. Students are expected to work both semesters.  E-interns will begin their duties no later than October 31, 2017. Those duties end on the last day of spring semester classes.
  • E-interns must check-in with their organizations on a daily basis and with e-internship staff weekly. Students have to respond quickly to employer or PACS communications and meet all deadlines.
  • E-interns must adhere to all organization confidentiality guidelines and act according to the highest professional standards.
  • E-interns must produce a final product or document, as agreed upon by your supervisor.
  • E-interns must agree to additional parameters set by the Director.


Failure to meet the above requirements will result in the intern’s dismissal from the program.

Academic Credit

Students may apply to earn academic credits during the spring semester. The E-internship Director will provide further guidance about the possibility to those selected into the program.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to apply for a PACS e-internship, students are encouraged to:

  • Have a minimum 3.2 cumulative GPA
  • Be a rising sophomore, junior, or senior
  • Have completed one of the following courses: GOVT 204 or 150W: Introduction to International Politics; HIST 192: Global History Since 1500; or SOCL 205: Global Social Problems.

Preference will be given to students that:

  • Have also completed GOVT 329: International Security or GOVT 328: International Political Economy
  • Have completed a quantitative or qualitative methods course
  • Have completed a GIS courses


Please review the application guidelines to apply.