The demand for well-trained conflict transformation practitioners has never been greater. Career opportunities in the field are numerous, especially for conflict transformation practitioners who can become pioneers in expanding the scope of conflict transformation practices that society can recognize and value.

Graduates go on to work for NGOs, education institutions, the media, the private sector, the government, international organizations, and in other professional venues.

Alumni develop their own distinct and diverse paths—paths that may be collectively described as integrated peacebuilding, a wide spectrum of sustained group-based processes, which seek to bring members of divided groups and communities together to meet their shared needs and purposes that can transcend the underlying reasons for their divisions. This work may include:

  • Leading youth camps
  • Organizing community-based arts and sports events
  • Developing inclusive educational curricula
  • Teaching languages through means that promote intercultural harmony
  • Working as human rights and gender sensitivity advocates and defenders of marginalized people
  • Supporting political and social change campaigns
  • Working in government agencies and international organizations with conflict awareness
  • Working as socially responsible media professionals
  • Providing humanitarian assistance to refugees, immigrants, and internally displaced persons
  • Providing disaster relief
  • Creating socially and environmentally responsible business practices
  • Advocating community-based inclusive health services
  • Creating religious services that promote social harmony
  • Using monitoring and evaluation skills to facilitate social change initiatives

Past positions held by alumni of this program include:

  • Executive Director, Interfaith Center for Peace and Justice, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
  • Trainer, Somali Refugee Association, Silver Spring, MD
  • Founder, Andi Leadership Institute for Young Women, Washington, DC
  • Community Organizer, Vermont Interfaith Action Group, Vermont
  • International Human Resources Systems Manager, Nonviolent Peace Force, San Francisco, CA
  • Libya representative, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Washington, DC and Libya
  • Consultant, Refugee Youth Program Director and Teambuilding, Burlington, VT
  • CEO/Director, Red Kite Project, Philadelphia, PA
  • Director of Programming, Encounter Program, Boston, MA, Israel, and Palestine
  • Youth Adjustment Counselor, RefugeeOne, Chicago, IL
  • Community Educator, Silicon Valley Faces, San Jose, CA
  • Education Consultant, UN International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), Uganda
  • Political Specialist, National Reconciliation & Humanitarian Mine Action, Rangoon, Burma
  • Program Director, Global Kids, Washington, DC
  • Community Organizer, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, Washington, DC
  • Program Manager, British Council, Azerbaijan
  • Health Technical Specialist, Save the Children International, Liberia
  • Assistant Director, RAMP Youth Services, Putney, VT
  • Founder & President, Daya Center for Peace, Hyderabad, India
  • Director, Prison Theater Program, SingSing, New York
  • Outreach & Dialog Facilitation Associate, Unity Productions Foundation, California and Washington, DC
  • Associate Director for Diversity Services, Suffolk University, Boston, MA
  • Program Officer, Hunt Alternatives Fund, Sudan
  • Peace Journalist, TRANSCEND Media Services, Springfield, MA

Graduates of the CONTACT program include:

  • Maliha Hassan, deputy attorney general of Afghanistan
  • Dishani Jayaweera, director of the Center for Peacebuilding and Reconciliation in Sri Lanka
  • Vahidin Omanovic, founder and director of the Center for Peacebuilding in Bosnia
  • Joseph Sebarenzi, former Rwandan Parliamentarian, U.S. Department of Treasury official, and author of God Sleeps in Rwanda