Company/Organization: United Nations Department of Public Information
Mentor(s):Mr. Donn Bobb
Topic of Internship
Founded in 1945 in the political climate of the post-WWII world, the United Nations serves as a global forum to facilitate cooperation amongst the countries and cultures of the world. The United Nations, having developed from the agenda set during its inception, has become focused on keeping international peace, maintaining global security, upholding human rights, regulating international commerce, promoting environmental stewardship, combating the spread of disease, and more. As a branch of the United Nations, it is the responsibility of the Department of Public Information to report on such UN workings internationally, broadcasting in English, French, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Arabic, Portuguese, and Swahili; in this, United Nations Radio is the voice of the UN. In this, the UN Radio works to promote the universal ideals of the United Nations through 15-minute news segments that effectively convey the workings of the United Nations to the global audience.
Summary of Internship
The prime requisite of an internship at the United Nations Radio is a diversity of abilities; the average workday at UN Radio presents two very different experiences, both of which require expertise and professionalism. Firstly, the UN Radio intern should be comfortable with communication; interviews are effectively compulsory at UN Radio as they provide the features that the intern will then narrate (to be broadcasted worldwide – no pressure). Secondly, the UN Radio intern must have a firm grasp of technology, from expertise with Microsoft Word, to sound editing programs, to sound recording hardware. With that said, while by no means easy, this internship is literally a marvel. Beyond gaining first-hand knowledge and experience of what goes into a top-quality radio production (including recording, editing, processing, and more), the UN Radio intern will literally be infused with the cultures of the world – truly, an opportunity like this is not available anywhere else. The intern’s main responsibility lies in the creation of radio scripts (called featurettes) from beginning to end (which may include taking interviews, gathering information from online or written sources, or processing sound bites of official meetings), narrating them, and then working to finalize the product through editing of the sound file. However, to limit the explanation of this internship thusly would be a great disservice to any incoming senior; a regular day can provide excellent meeting opportunities (on subjects ranging from a panel on World Diabetes Day, to a press conference given by actual child soldiers), an NGO summit (which the intern would then be expected to report on), a visit by an official (specifically world leaders, including our President), and so much more; literally, no day is ever the same. If you are an individual with their finger on the pulse of world events who wants to jump straight into a meaningful communications-related internship, definitely consider UN Radio.
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