Frequently Asked General Questions What is the Indianapolis Peace Institute?
What opportunities are available to students? What opportunities are available to the Indianapolis community?
Frequently Asked Student Program Questions
Who is eligible for Peacebuilding Across the Disciplines? What courses are offered and what are they like? Where do classes take place? What are the internship possibilities? What is the student residence like? What is provided at the house, and what will I need to bring with me? What are some of the Peace House community activities? Is there a meal plan? What if I am vegetarian or have special needs? Will I have the same academic calendar as my college? What does the average day look like for a student in the program? What is the cost of the program? Can I visit before I decide to apply? When are applications due? What if I miss the application deadline?
Answers to Frequently Asked General Questions What is the Indianapolis Peace Institute? The Indianapolis Peace Institute operates programs designed to
encourage every person to explore his or her role as a peacebuilder. The
two branches of the Institute work together to create transformational
experiences for college students and for Indianapolis residents. Our
participants reflect on the question of change – what can I do to
What opportunities are available to students? • Semester Program: Peacebuilding Across the Disciplines • Summer Program: Peacebuilding Across the Disciplines • Alternative Spring Break: Peacebuilding • Alternative Fall Break: Youth and Violence • Weekend Workshops: A variety of topics
What opportunities are available to the Indianapolis community? • Weekend Workshops: A variety of topics • Mediation training • Play Like a Champion: Positive Coaching program • Training in Conflict Transformation, Group Dynamics and Leadership • Alternative Spring Break: Peacebuilding
Answers to Frequently Asked Student Program Questions Who is eligible for Peacebuilding Across the Disciplines? Peacebuilding can be part of almost any profession, and the skills
developed at the Indianapolis Peace Institute are useful in almost any
field of work. Thus, students from all majors are encouraged to apply.
Previous students have majored in biology, communications, computer
science, history, interdisciplinary studies, journalism, peace studies,
psychology, religion, women’s studies and more.
The program is designed for undergraduate students. Second semester
sophomores, juniors and seniors are encouraged to apply. Recent
graduates may apply to the summer program.
What courses are offered and what are they like? For a list of courses please see our semester program
page. Classes are designed to be small and interactive. Field trips,
visits from local practitioners and community leaders, and student
presentations are as vital to the learning as texts, journal articles
and student papers.
Where do classes take place? Classes usually take place at the administrative offices of the
Indianapolis Peace Institute, which is a short walk from the Peace House
residence. The offices are in the historic “Old Centrum” which also
houses many other non-profit organizations.
What are the internship possibilities? Our Internship Opportunities
section offers a glimpse of our partner organizations. The list
provided is by no means exhaustive. Since we tailor the internship to
your interests, we will work with you to make sure your placement
provides you with an excellent experience
What is the student residence like? Peace House, the Institute’s student residence, is located in a downtown
residential neighborhood of Indianapolis, two blocks north of the
Institute’s offices. Coffee shops, churches, a movie theater, a soccer
field and the heart of downtown are all within walking distance of the
On the main floor of the house, the kitchen, library, den, billiard
room, dining room and sun room offer students a variety of places in
which students nurture their community. Students’ rooms and bathrooms
are located on the 2nd and 3rd floors. The finished basement provides a
computer lab, laundry facilities and more than a few nooks and crannies
to be discovered.
What is provided at the house, and what will I need to bring with me? • Between the computer lab and library, six computers are provided for
student use. Wireless internet access is available should you wish to
bring your own computer. • Sheets and comforters are provided but students should bring a pillow with case and a towel or two.
• Students will need to use a cell phone or calling card to make long
distance calls as the house phone offers only local service for outgoing
• Students may wish to bring a car, but a car is not necessary. The
local bus system can provide transportation to almost any destination
within the Indianapolis metropolitan area. Several bus stops are within
three blocks of the house. The Peace House parking lot can accommodate
up to 7 student vehicles. Additional parking is available at the
Institute’s office lot two blocks away.
What are some of the Peace House community activities? Structured programs such as Orientation, Internship Reflection sessions
and house meetings guide the development of the Peace House
community. Many additional activities are planned by students
throughout the semester. Examples include group volunteer activities, an
appreciation dinner for students’ mentors, a student-run weekend
workshop for the Indianapolis community and, of course, many
opportunities to explore all that Indy has to offer. In addition, there
will be opportunities for the students to open their home to visiting
practitioners of peacebuilding.
Is there a meal plan? What if I am vegetarian or have special needs? Students taking part in the Semester program will develop a community
plan with regards to meals – what food to buy, who will cook, how often
the group will eat together. A weekly food allowance is provided to the
group as a whole with a smaller individual allowance given to each
student to use as he or she wishes. Vegetarian students or students with
special needs will be a part of the community decision making process
and will be able to voice their needs at that time. The individual
allowance ensures that you will be able to purchase specific items that
you need and want over and above what is purchased as a community.
Students in the summer program are responsible for their own foods costs.
Will I have the same academic calendar as my college? The 2007-2008 calendar is as follows. For information on future academic
years, please contact us. Each semester runs for 16 weeks with a
one-week break during which students may choose to travel, stay at the
house or enroll in the special program offered.
Spring 2008: Jan. 6 – students arrive at Peace House Jan. 7-9 – Orientation
Jan. 10 – First day at internship Jan. 15 – First day of class Jan. 21 – Holiday – Martin Luther King Jr. Day March 1-8 – Spring Break (Peacebuilding Alternative Spring Break) Apr. 23 – Last day at internship Apr. 24-25 – Exit programming and final classes Apr. 26 – Students depart
Fall 2008: Aug 19 – Students arrive at Peace House Aug 20-22 – Orientation Aug 25 – First day at internship Aug 26 – First day of class Sept 1 – Holiday – Labor Day Oct 18-26 – Fall Break (Youth and Violence immersion course) Nov 27, 28 – Thanksgiving Holiday Dec. 10 – Last Day at internship Dec. 11-12 – Exit programming and final classes Dec 13 – Students depart
What does the average day look like for a student in the program? During the semester, students have class two or three days a week.
Internship schedules are set by the students with their mentors and
range from full-time two days a week, to part-time every day (for a
total of 20 hours per week). During the summer there are no classes and
internships are 30-40 hours per week. Tuesday evenings are set aside to
spend as a community. In their free time, students play pool, read the
newspaper, go running, watch movies, go to the farmer’s market, do
volunteer work and more. Students eat dinner together in the evenings,
usually having split the chores of cooking and cleaning. Dinner is often
a time when students engage in spontaneous discussions on important
issues and topics or further thoughts about class. Some evenings might
be spent lingering over these conversations. Other nights, students go
to coffee shops, take walks or go dancing. Most weekends they go
downtown or to the other 5 cultural district neighborhoods – listen to
jazz, salsa dance, attend festivals and peace conferences, read in
bookstore cafes, eat in the wide variety of Indy restaurants and,
occasionally, visit home colleges.
What is the cost of the program? Please visit our semester and summer program pages for a list of fees. If you have specific questions
Can I visit before I decide to apply? You are welcome to visit before you decide to apply.
When are applications due? Spring semester applications are due on November 15, 2007. Summer applications are due on April 1, 2008 Fall semester applications are due on May 15, 2008.
What if I miss the application deadline? Applications sent in after the deadline will be considered if space in
the program remains. Completing your application before the deadline
ensures that Institute staff will have plenty of time to dedicate to
securing the best possible internship for you.