Available for Spring Semester Applicants Only.
Complement your study abroad experience at Queen’s with a six week internship in the field of social justice and peacebuilding.
Students studying abroad in the Faculty of Arts Humanities & Social Sciences at Queen’s in the spring semester have the opportunity to extend their time in Northern Ireland with an internship in the field of social justice and peacebuilding. Following the end of the spring semester, spend six weeks completing an accredited internship gaining international work experience and earning college credit. A vibrant city emerging from decades of conflict, Belfast is an ideal location to see the effects of social justice and peacebuilding first hand. The internship pathway is available to students from all majors and early application is recommended due to limited availability.
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The Internship (Module AHS3001)
The internship is designed to improve your employability in a competitive sector by combining research and study with practical experience. We work with a range of different organisations throughout Belfast to find a bespoke internship that matches your interests and skills to a project.
You’ll spend 3-4 days per week at your internship, allowing time for you to complete a weekly learning journal to show your progress. During the six weeks you will also be required to attend two workshops on campus with the Queen’s Development Officers. Once the internship has concluded you will need to complete a reflective report summarising the experience.
Successful completion of the internship, 6 weekly learning journals (350 words each) and final report (2000 words), will award you with 20 CATS points, equivalent to 5-6 US credits. This is in addition to the 60 CATS points you will be awarded from the spring semester of study.
- Organisations We Work With & Project Examples
Where your internship will take place is dependent on your interests and skills as we look to find the most suitable option for you. Below are some examples of organisations we have worked with in the past.
- Law Centre NI - Offers specialist legal advice in the areas of social security, employee rights, immigration and asylum.
- NI Human Rights Commission - Champions and guards the rights of all those who live in Northern Ireland.
- Women’s Aid – Impact of Covid19 and abuse on women.
- Housing Rights - Evaluate BME housing or housing for young people.
- Rainbow Project – Data anaylsis on support provided through outreach service.
- NI Council of Refugees and Asylum Seekers
- Centre for Democracy & Peacebuilding
- NICVA – Research on societal issues for community organisations and strategy for government.
- Féile An Phobail – Impact on communities moving from conflict to peace building.
If you have seen an organisation or opportunity that you are interested in and would like to discuss this further, please mention this in your application and get in touch with us ahead of time.
Some examples of projects Queen’s students have been involved with in the past are:
- Examining the health needs of undocumented migrants through the Health and Social Care Trust.
- Joining the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Unit to improve their social media presence and visibility for victims.
- Undertaking research to explore disability football and identifying the benefits to individuals who actively engage in team sports.
- Supporting the evaluation of activities conducted during Community Relations Week and assessing the long term return on investment and legacy impact of the activities.
- Carrying out research to access perspectives and needs of mental health service users from Black, Asian and Minority ethnic communities in Northern Ireland.
- Conducting research with young people and teachers who undertook diversity training in previous years to examine whether this programme has had a longer term impact.
- Spring Semester
Before you can begin your internship you will need to complete the spring semester of study.
We advise that students take Module ANT1006 – Understanding Northern Ireland: History, Politics and Anthropology. This module uses a variety of historical, political, sociological and anthropological perspectives to look at key issues relating to Northern Ireland, which will ensure a solid overview prior to the placement.
‘Explore anthropological understandings of ethnicity and nationalism to examine how Unionism and Irish Nationalism developed. The class will look in detail at the various political solutions which have been applied to ‘the Province’, with a particular focus on the Peace Process and examines the realities and legacies of the conflict since the signing of the 1998 Agreement.’
Students are able to study two other modules available from the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, though it is encouraged to build upon your understanding of Northern Ireland’s historical, political and social context.
- How to Apply
To apply for the internship pathway students must first submit the standard online Study Abroad Application Form.
You will then receive an application form specific to the Internship module. This must be submitted by the 4th November 2022. We will then notify you as to whether you have been accepted onto this module.
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- Entry Requirements, dates and visas
- A GPA of 3.0
- Fee Paying Students in Semester 2 Only – Exchange students are ineligible to apply.
- Students will only be permitted to progress to the placement having completed 60 CATS at QUB. Progress will also be dependent on a statement of good academic standing from the student’s host School.
- Students must comply with relevant visa requirements.
Internships typically begin mid to late May and will be completed by the end of June at the latest, though the exact dates will be on a case by case basis. Students will continue to be housed in university accommodation at the regular weekly rate until the end date of their internship.
Full information on visas and immigration is provided by our International Student Support team who can be contacted via email@example.com. The visa requirements for the study abroad internship pathway are different than if you were only studying for the spring semester.
We encourage applications from all fee paying Study Abroad students for this fantastic opportunity. If you have any questions regarding feeds, or would like to know more about the internship pathway please let us know and we will be happy to help via firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the meantime, why not find out more about why Queen’s University Belfast is an amazing place for your full study abroad experience?