Program Intern, Youth Activation Yale University, Yawkey Community Service Fellowship 2018

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Program Intern, Youth Activation

Yale University, Yawkey Community Service Fellowship 2018

Organizational  Overview

Founded 25 years ago, Peace First is an international nonprofit organization that exists to create the next generation of peacemakers. We believe passionately that young people are natural problem solvers and that by unleashing their moral imaginations we can create a youth-led movement to counter the culture of violence that affects us all. We believe in the power of all young people to change the world through peacemaking — not someday in the future — right now. To this end, we invest in their ability to see themselves today as leaders and to maximize their capacity to solve some of society’s most pressing problems.

Since our founding, Peace First has developed a best-in-class curriculum to teach young people the skills of courage, compassion, and collaborative leadership and apply them to the injustices they find in the world. This classroom curriculum is now open-source and available online via our Digital Activity Center, and it has been used by educators in all 50 states and more than 90 countries around the world. In 2013, we continued to build on our belief in the power of young people by launching the national Peace First Prize, a sort of Nobel Peace Prize, along with a two-year fellowship for young people who exemplify the positive impact that young peacemakers can create in the world. Over the past three years, the Prize has generated over 120 million media impressions, thousands of nominations and applications, and awarded over 20 fellowships to a group of extraordinary young exemplars.

Peace First is now focused on creating a global movement of young people (ages 13-24) to counteract the culture of violence, intolerance, and hatred that plagues too many communities around the world. Called the Peace First Challenge, this project combines the use of media and on-the-ground partnerships to recruit young people from around the world to a digital platform that provides critical resources and connections that move young people from experiences to ideas to actions. With the goal of true culture change top of mind, we aim to have at least 100,000 young people registered and engaged with this peacemaking work within the next two years. Not only will thousands of young people develop the skills and lifelong commitment for peaceful social change, but we will source and share powerful solutions from those closest to the problem.

A key element of our strategic plan is to build out our team of talented professionals. We actively recruit, retain, and develop a multicultural and dynamic workforce that effectively and efficiently meets the wide spectrum of young people’s needs across the globe. We believe that

an inclusive and open environment fosters creativity, contributes to the quality of our work, and provides growth opportunities for all employees.

To that end, we are seeking individuals who are excited about fostering this inclusive culture and working in an entrepreneurial environment where there is an immediate opportunity to have tangible impact on organizational direction and achievement. We are a team of individuals who thrive in an environment that embodies and celebrates the following:

  • Possession of a deep belief in the ability of young people to create change
  • Ability to adapt and apply skills to new and changing scopes of work
  • Eagerness for more responsibility and exposure to new challenges
  • Motivation to solve problems by taking initiative and trying new ways of doing things
  • Enthusiasm for connecting others to our mission and providing them with powerful experiences
  • Openness to working with others across diverse perspectives and backgrounds

Position Overview

The Program Intern is an eight-week community service fellowship opportunity funded by the Yawkey Foundation for Yale University students. The Program Intern will contribute to the design and implementation of a new Peace First campaign activating college students across the US to start projects that address injustices in their community with compassion, courage, and collaborative leadership.

Over the course of eight weeks, the Yale University Program Intern will work with staff to support the development and initial implementation of a plan for reaching a broad cross-section of college students, focusing on under-resourced students and universities. This plan will be a call to action to join the Peace First digital community and acquire support (including tools, mentors, and $250 mini-grants) to start a project that challenges injustice and makes a difference.

The Yale University Program Intern will lead outreach to university officials, partner organizations, and students, with the goal of creating a broad and engaged user base of college students that will create peacemaking projects as part of the Peace First community during the 2018-2019 school year. The Yale University Program Intern will also have opportunities to explore and complete small projects in other program areas, such as curriculum development or digital community management.

This is an excellent opportunity for a student interested in learning about program design, partnership-building, and youth activation in a rapidly scaling education nonprofit.

Key Skills and Experience

  • Able to effectively communicate with a wide range of diverse constituents
  • Highly resourceful
  • Is extremely organized
  • Has a positive, optimistic, problem-solving mindset
  • Has superior written and verbal communication skills
  • Possess great initiative, is comfortable working both independently and in teams
  • Is proficient in Google Drive, Docs, Gmail, etc.; Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Committed to supporting young people as they change the world for the better through peacemaking
  • Committed to contributing to an overall organizational culture that is inquisitive, youth- centered, caring, and fun
  • Believes in and lead with Peace First’s core values of courage, compassion, and collaboration
  • Education, youth organizing, and/or peacebuilding experience is a plus

Other  Requirements

Written and spoken fluency in English.


$4,500 stipend paid by Yale University directly to the Fellow.

Start Date / Location

June 2018 / Boston, MA

To Apply

To be considered for this position, please apply through Yale Career Link. You can find the position by searching “Yawkey.” Please send a resume and cover letter documenting your strong fit with the job requirements. Please email any questions to

We strongly encourage applications by Friday, April 23rd.

Peace First is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, military service, age, ancestry, or disability.

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