Career Opportunities

Career Options are Almost Unlimited

A degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution can open a variety of professional paths, both domestic and international. You can join established fields or blaze your own trail, creating a career that enables you to fulfill your vocation.

Seventy five percent of Carter School alums have found employment directly related to their career goals, while others have created opportunities by developing new non-governmental organizations, consultancies and emerging sectors. Areas in which you can discover your future include:

  • Security: Find a place in one of the intelligence services, military, or law enforcement. Foster relationships and trust between police and the communities they serve.
  • Education: Work in K-12 peer-mediation programs, as a student or staff advocate. Help students involved in home- or school-based disputes become empowered, strong adults. Bring conflict resolution practice into the classroom.
  • Legal system: Build a career in mediation, arbitration, negotiation, or dispute resolution.
  • Human resources: Resolve issues within organizations or work in employee relations.
  • Federal government: Serve as an ombudsman across multiple federal agencies in the D.C.-metro area and the nation.
  • Public decision-making: Help design processes in which communities make decisions on land use or community policy. Work for a board of supervisors.
  • Organizational: Lead the way in managing change and challenging people. Become a management trainer or conflict resolution coach.
  • International and humanitarian development: Places such as Burundi, the Congo, and Nepal need your help. You'll do humanitarian work while helping to rebuild a society.
  • International conflict: Work at the U.N. for the High Commissioner for Refugees, as an expert in high-level policy work in government, or at the international criminal court.
  • Peacebuilding: Encourage and start dialogues and problem-solving workshops. Work on issues of religion and race, community and interfaith peacebuilding.
  • Peacemaking: Be one of those brave souls on the front lines who negotiate cease-fires and truces. Establish truth and reconciliation processes in post-conflict societies.

Career Advice From Alumni