Will you only be satisfied in your life and career if you make real and meaningful impact? Are you entrepreneurial, deeply driven, and obsessed with finding innovative solutions to our world’s most intractable problems? Do you want to collaborate with the world’s brightest minds and be directly mentored by current world leaders to achieve your ambitious goals? At IPSI, we passionately design and execute the world’s preeminent training programs for peacebuilding professionals.  We are seeking the best and brightest to join our growing global team relentlessly pursuing peace.  Are you one of us?

The 2014 Symposiums have successfully come to a close! Applications for 2015 will open on Thursday, October 30.  Catch-up on what happened this summer by viewing the:

 Summer 2014 Symposiums: A side-by-side comparison:

The 5th Annual Bologna, Italy Symposium on
Conflict Prevention, Resolution, & Reconciliation

When: July 5 – August 2, 2014

Where: Johns Hopkins University SAIS Bologna Center

What: Direct training by world leaders in
international negotiation, mediation, facilitation, strategic nonviolent action, social entrepreneurship, project planning and design, trauma healing, economics of peace, and more.

Graduate-level certificate course with
continued training and high-level networking opportunities

Optional Academic Credits offered: M.A. Credits, Johns Hopkins SAIS

Who Should Apply: Exceptional professionals, graduate students, and accomplished


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2014 The Hague Symposium on Post-Conflict Transitions & International Justice

When: July 12 – August 9, 2014

Where: Clingendael Institute for International Relations

What:  Intensive training in the skills necessary to holistically restructure a post-conflict society, as well as serve justice to those responsible for human rights violations; formal lectures, site visits to International Tribunals and Courts, and interactive simulations and workshops.

Why: Graduate-level certificate course with continued training and high-level networking opportunities.

Optional Academic Credits offered: LLM Credits, University of Leiden

Who Should Apply: Exceptional professionals/lawyers, graduate students, law students, and accomplished undergraduates.


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 Why Professional Training?

According to a recent report from USIP:

  • Graduate-level academic institutions are not adequately preparing students for careers in international peace and conflict management. Curricula need to incorporate more applied skills, cross-sectoral coursework, and field-experience opportunities.
  • Overseas experience is, for employers, the most valuable asset.
  • Employers want candidates who have a holistic understanding of international conflict work, specialized knowledge and skills, practical know-how, and political savvy.
  • To better prepare themselves for the field, recent graduates and alumni are seeking to increase their applied education, field experience, project management skills, mentoring, and career guidance.

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What do the field’s leaders think?

Susan Collin Marks - IPSI

Gareth Evans - IPSI

Michael Shipler - IPSI

Alvaro de Soto - IPSI

Bill Zartman - IPSI