Beginning in September, 2009, Brooke Breazeale has been working in Paris as an intern at the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE). The INEE is a division of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), whose mission is to contribute to "the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information." Their goal is to provide "quality and safe education in emergencies and post-crises recovery."
Brooke works as a consultant for the INEE Working Group for Education and Fragility, "assisting with coordination and facilitation of activities, supporting advocacy, and strengthening consensus on what works to mitigate fragility through quality education while ensuring equitable access for all." For Brooke, there is never a typical day at the office. Each day comes with a variety of activities and tasks that can entail "drafting briefs on our work, developing extensive resource lists for our network, reviewing reports, guidance notes or articles for the INEE secretariat, or planning logistics for our bi-annual meetings."
Brooke has been able to utilize her conflict resolution skills at INEE in multiple ways. Aside from the usefulness of knowing effective communication skills, which mitigates tension and allows for creative and constructive discussions, she has also been approached for her "'conflict mitigation lens to feed into various initiatives." But what Brooke has enjoyed most about the internship is learning the processes in which policies are developed and implemented.
Brooke was able to land the internship in part due to the connection between the Conflict Resolution master's program and the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, also at the University of Denver. By being a part of the Korbel School, Brooke was exposed to various government agencies and sectors that desired conflict resolution students.
Brooke's work at INEE will lead to a full time position after she graduates this August. She plans to stay with INEE until December and then move elsewhere. Currently she does not have anything set for 2011, but she would like to work with "advocacy and implementation of transformative education approaches in conflict-affected and fragile states."
For students currently seeking internships, Brooke had the following advice: "Don't give up and be diligent with the application process. I applied various times and became so discouraged. I almost did not even apply for this internship but decided to at the last minute! I would also advise students to do their research on the organization to which they are applying...I really think that is what made the difference."
- Joseph Vincent