Resources & Opportunities

Study Abroad

A group of three students in suits stand in the outdoor courtyard of a building
GW students and Colombian students in Bogotá participated in a cultural exchange debate program organized by the Peace Studies Program and the GW Debate and Literary Society.

Broad international awareness and cultural understanding are essential to peace studies. Many majors and minors study abroad to enhance their classroom experience and practice their foreign language skills.

Students are strongly encouraged to study abroad with opportunities such as the GW Global Bachelor’s Program or other programs available through the GW Office for Study Abroad.



Many Peace Studies Program students complete an internship during their studies, either independently or as part of the required capstone project. Learn more about finding internships on the CCAS Undergraduate Advising Office’s Internships page.

Sample Past Student Internship Sites

  • American Bar Association, Immigration Commission
  • Arab American Institute
  • Council on Foreign Relations
  • International Rescue Committee
  • Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America
  • Middle East Institute
  • Ruby Pictures Inc. Documentary Films
  • Save the Children
  • Urban Education Leaders Internship Program (D.C. Public Schools)
  • U.S. Department of State: Educational and Cultural Affairs 
  • U.S. Department of State: Office of International Freedom 
  • U.S. Inspector General


Student Resources

Department of Religion
The Peace Studies Program is housed under the Department of Religion, which offers a diverse faculty of scholars as well as community events and opportunities.

GW Global Bachelor's Program
Columbian College students are invited to participate in the abroad program, in which they gain significant international experience and learn to adapt to diverse social, cultural and academic experiences in at least two countries outside of the United States.

Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention
The Virginia Tech organization supports research and resources in violence prevention.

Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies
Columbia University’s peace institute is a leading research center on topics within international relations.

International Peace Research Association
The nonprofit association distributes fellowships and grants to scholars in peace studies research.

Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
The University of Notre Dame's institute studies the causes of violent conflict and strategies for sustainable peace through degree programs and interdisciplinary research.

Peace and Justice Studies Association
The membership association brings together academics, educators and activists at professional conferences to explore alternatives to violence and share visions and strategies for peacebuilding and social change.

The International Journal of Peace Studies
The journal discusses various issues in peace research, including security systems, justice and basic human needs, survival for indigenous people, human security, nonviolent social change and more.

Academic Commons
Book peer tutoring or review sessions, research and writing help, step-by-step study strategies, language support and more.

Disability Support Services
Request support or accommodation based on the potential impact of a disability with the GW Disability Support Services office.

GW Libraries
Explore on-campus libraries and online research databases. 

Language Center
Sign up for English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses, practice with language meet-up groups, take a language exam or talk to someone about waiving language requirements.

CCAS Undergraduate Advising
Get assistance from your Columbian College academic advisor to navigate declaring a major or minor and other academic support.

Writing Center
Make a free appointment to work with a writing consultant on your next project, from the brainstorming phase through drafting and revising.

Center for Career Services
Take advantage of career and job search coaching, self-assessment services, résumé development, networking and more. (Services offered to students and alumni.)

Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research
Search and apply for undergraduate fellowships and research awards.

Luther Rice Undergraduate Research Fellowship
Apply for a fellowship to support a research project carried out over several weeks or across multiple semesters.

Sigelman Undergraduate Research Enhancement (SURE) Awards
Apply for a $500 grant to fund research project supplies, conference travel, off-site archival visits, videography and more.

Student Accounts Office
View current tuition and aid information. Applicants who request financial aid will be considered for all forms of aid available based on criteria including undergraduate GPA, courses taken, recommendations, extracurricular activities and GRE scores. 

Student Financial Assistance
Look for scholarships, Federal Work-Study positions, military benefits and other funding assistance.

Student Research Commons
Find paid research jobs, fellowships, seminars and other events available in the GW community.

Undergraduate Research Award
Apply for this $5,000 research award, open to first-years, sophomores and juniors.