Company/Organization: World Information Transfer / United Nations
Mentor(s):Dr. Claudia Strauss
Topic of Internship
International Relations, Environmental Science
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 information about our global environment and its effect on human health. WIT exercises its mandate through the World Ecology Report, the Ecology Inquirer, Global Partners for Global Solutions Conferences held at the UN, humanitarian aid, scholarships and more. WIT also offers internships in New York City, where its main office is located, in order to encourage future leaders in health and environment. Interns spend a majority of their time at the United Nations.
Summary of Internship
My experience at the World Information Transfer has been extremely rewarding. Every Thursday I attend meetings at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. My job is to represent my organization at the meetings, take notes and bring the information back to my mentor. During these meetings, I sit with my laptop and write down important notes. I later form the information into the proper format and email the notes from each meeting to my mentor. My work is very independent as interns attend meetings alone. Each week’s topics range from renewable energy, environmental protection, food security, sustainable development, Rio+20 preparatory meetings, etc. However, the most rewarding aspect of this internship for me was interacting with today’s leaders and representatives, and observing firsthand the work that is done at the world’s most famous international organization, the UN. This experience has turned the study of various global issues into reality and confirmed my interest in International Relations.
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