Company/Organization: World Information Transfer/United Nations
Mentor(s):Dr. Claudia Strauss, Vice Chair
Topic of Internship
Environmental Science, International Relations
World Information Transfer, Inc., (WIT) is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization in General Consultative Status with the United Nations, promoting environmental health and literacy. In 1987, inspired by the Chornobyl nuclear tragedy, WIT was formed in recognition of the pressing need to provide accurate actionable information about our deteriorating global environment and its effect on human health. WIT exercises its mandate through publishing World Ecology Reports, Global Partners for Global Solutions Conferences, Humanitarian Aids, Internships, and many more. WIT offers internships in New York City, where its main office is located. Their goal is to encourage future leaders in health and environment. Interns spend the majority of their time at the United Nations.
Summary of Internship
Every Thursday, as a WIT intern, I attended conferences at the United Nations and participated in the vital discussions that relate to transforming our world. Items on the agenda included, but were not limited to agriculture, poverty, food security, climate change, etc. At these meetings, it was necessary for me to jot down every key piece of information. My ultimate task was to send a brief, but precise summary to my mentor, Dr. Claudia Strauss, that consisted of a title, topic, key speakers, notes, and resolutions (if presented). At my mentorís request, I also distributed Ecology Reports from time to time. These reports are distributed quarterly to distinguished diplomats and organizations, and are informative reports on critical issues in health and environment.
As an intern for the World Information Transfer, most of my time was not spent filing papers in the office, or sifting through files on the computer to re-organize and re-arrange folders. No, my internship was a lot more exciting, and yes, absolutely rewarding. This internship has allowed me, a high-school senior, to walk through the doors of the United Nations and see firsthand the issues that we struggle with around the globe. For those who are interested in pursuing a career on international relations and/or environmental science, this is a great place to get your feet wet.
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