JMU Student Employment
CISR envisions a world where people can build peaceful and prosperous futures free from the repercussions of conflict and disaster. The Center for International Stabilization and Recovery helps communities affected by conflict and trauma through innovative and reliable research, training, information exchange, and direct services.
If you have a passion for international humanitarian work, CISR is the place to put your passion to work!
Write, Research and Edit for The Journal of ERW and Mine Action. The Journal of ERW and Mine Action is an international print and online magazine providing a forum for the global ERW (explosive remnants of war) and landmine abatement community. Through editorials, articles, reports, reviews, profiles and news, The Journal strives to bring current and valuable information to its readers. The print magazine has a circulation of 1,700, two thirds of which is outside the US. Another 170,000 unique visitors view the magazine online annually.
Senior Managers' Course. CISR brings up to 25 managers from mine action centers around the world for five-weeks of leadership and management training. Student employees help plan and execute the course.
Post-conflict Recovery Week. CISR hosts PCRW the first week of April each year. Students assist in planning the week of activities which includes speakers, special events, and receptions.
CISR student employees gain valuable resume building experience including writing, editing, researching, databasing, networking, conference facilitating and more.
Testimonials from Former Student Employees:
Photo left: Former CISR student employees Geary Cox, Emma Smith Atkinson and Tony Morin do some sight-seeing while attending a CISR-led conference in Bogotá, Colombia.
“The Center's work prepared me for what I currently do because it gave me real world experience in the non-profit field which is essential if you ever want to be successful in the industry. I gained experience through my tasks and responsibilities at the Center, but more, I realized that if you find something you feel strongly and passionately about, then work doesn't seem like work at all.” ~ Lauren Hill, former CISR employee
“CISR provided the building blocks for me to be successful… CISR is truly a hidden gem at JMU and a great way to start figuring out what JMU's motto ‘Be the Change’ really means."~ Kate McFarland, former CISR employee and Frasure-Kruzel-Drew Memorial Fellow
“I gained so much of my professional foundation from my time at CISR, and I really owe that to the fantastic staff…On top of everything, the personal satisfaction that I was able to draw from contributing, if only a little, to a field of such great humanitarian importance is something that I'll keep with me for the duration of my life. I can't say enough about what CISR means to me, and I couldn't recommend a better place to spend time in between classes at JMU.” ~ Tony Morin, former CISR employee and Frasure-Kruzel-Drew Memorial Fellow
“Overall, my time spent working at CISR was extremely positive and provided me with valuable experience that I know will serve me well with any job in the future. “ ~ Alex Tsurdinis, former CISR student employee
“Working for CISR was phenomenal! You have the opportunity to be a part of something that matters, something fun, and work with a group of great people who have so much to teach you. You are in great hands and have everything to gain.” ~ Jessica Jacklin, former CISR student employee
“Along with a rewarding experience, the greatest thing I took away from my work at CISR was having pride in the work I did. Whenever people asked what I did at my job, I couldn’t help but to get excited and tell them the work that I did and the experts I worked with… The traits I learned at CISR – the writing, editing, communicating, work ethic, pride, and responsibility – have carried over, and I have enjoyed a successful start to my new job.” ~ Cory Kuklick, former CISR student employee