Field Experience & Field Study


MSCM students are afforded the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in conflict work in either a domestic or international setting through the Field Experience course in the final semester.

Domestic options for this trip provide the opportunity to travel to a conference, training, or cross-cultural experience. Domestic op the past have included attending the Association for Conflict Resolution Conference, the American Bar Association Section on Dispute Resolution Conference, visiting conflict management offices in Washington, D.C., and Ombuds training.

International options in the past have included visiting the UN School for Peace in Costa Rica, attending classes at the European Peace Institute in Stadtschlaining, Austria, a cross-cultural trip to Egypt, an ADR focused trip to Barbados, a study of the Middle East conflict in Israel and Palestine, and studying “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland and Ireland.

Details regarding trip options for each Cohort are made available during the second semester of the program. The domestic options are generally 4-5 days, and the international trips are generally 7-10 days.

A hallmark of the MSCM program is the field study students perform during the final semester.
This experience, which affords students the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge gained over the course of the program to a specific conflict environment, prepares them to face the challenges of our complex global environment. Students are able to choose an area of the field in which to research or perform an internship, based on their unique interests in the field and their professional goals.

Recent Internship Locations:

  • American Arbitration Association

  • The Carter Center

  • United Nations CIFAL/Institute of Training and Research Office

  • The Center for Democracy & Community Development

  • The United Nations Ombuds Office

  • The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

  • Atlanta Ombusman Program

  • Health Care Ethics Consortium of Georgia (HCECG)

  • The Nakwatsvewat Institute, Arizona

  • Mediators Beyond Borders

Recent Research/Projects:

  • Faith-Based Encounter Programs as a New Model for Track Three Peace Building

  • Prevention of Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome in Returning Soldiers: Training Implications

  • Ivory Coast Post Conflict Reconstruction

  • Concessionary Bargaining

  • The Rights of Sexual Minorities in South Africa

  • Community Trauma Healing in Transcultural Settings

  • Investigation of Use of Restorative Justice Concepts in Juvenile Justice and Identification of Best Practices

  • Development of a Victim-Offender Mediation Program for a Northwest Georgia