The Institute for Conflict Research welcomes applications from students and others to take up an internship at the organisation.

Interns will be based at the ICR offices in Belfast and we would expect individuals to spend between 6 and 12 months with us.

We can offer the opportunity for interns to undertake a range of practical research work on an existing ICR project based in Northern Ireland and to have the chance to explore a variety of research methodologies. All work will be carried out within a supportive team environment and under the guidance and supervision of our staff of experienced researchers.

At present we are only able to offer this opportunity to post-graduate students and we would also ask that applicants from outside of Northern Ireland should have some previous experience of working or researching away from their home country.

We are not currently offering internships.

Examples of our interns' testimonials:

...the training I got was very comprehensive. Every single day I spent in the office or outside doing field-work was stimulating. 

The work environment enables interns to become part of the team from day one, and discussions on daily news are keys to understand the Northern Irish society.

I was also assigned to write three literature reviews - one on migrant workers and the recruitment sector, another on migrant workers’ experiences of the Northern-Irish labour market and of the every day life in Northern Ireland, and another on the nature and extent of trafficking in Northern Ireland. This was a great opportunity to start working on my PhD, as these topics matched my own research interests.

I had heard horror stories of people spending months on end undertaking the most menial tasks to come out with no more skills than they went in with. ICR couldn’t have been more different from these experiences.

I became involved in the Policing in Republican and Loyalist Areas. I was given the opportunity to co-write the literature review and assist in the research work for the project, co-ordinating my own section of the interviews and then contributing to the interpretation of the data. I have been made co-author in the final publication. Not bad for an intern.

I strongly recommend that anyone with an interest in social research undertake an internship with ICR. I can assure you that it will be a very rewarding experience with a first class organisation

I was stretched in numerous new directions, from qualitative methods to quantitative work, writing for grass roots organizations to government offices, I was able to step away from academia and see the impact that research can have.

The quality of research conducted at ICR is superb and has been recognised by a number of prestigious organisations. ICR's good reputation allows researchers (and interns) access to many different communities and individuals while conducting research.

Previous interns :

Claire Pierson (August 2010 - June 2011)

Maura Scully (October 2008 - March 2009)

Mary-Kathryn Rallings (October 2008 - March 2009)

Lara Thompson (May - September 2008)

Sarah Toucas (January - August 2007) & (February - August 2008)

Lisa Monaghan (September 2007 - May 2008)

Nicholas Murphy (October 2007 - March 2008)

John Bell (July 2005 – August 2006)

Danielle Blaylock (November 2005 – May 2006)

Mary Beth Conway (August 2004 - July 2005)

Rebecca Thomas (May and June 2004)

Fabrice Mourlon (January - June 2004)

Thomas Lefebvre (July and August 2003)


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