Company/Organization: World Information Transfer
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 actionable information about our deteriorating global environment and its effect on human health. WIT exercises its mandate through publishing the World Ecology Report, convening the Global Partners for Global Solutions Conference, providing Humanitarian Aid, and offering internships in New York City, where the main office is located. Their goal is to encourage future leaders in health and environment. Interns spend most of their time at the United Nations, where they attend and summarize relevant UN meetings.
Summary of Internship
Every Thursday, in fulfillment of Senior Experience, I intern at the World Information Transfer. As a WIT intern, I attend conferences and meetings at the United Nations that are pertinent to the mission of the organization, which spans from food security, climate change, and poverty to sustainable development and greening the economy. I feel extremely lucky to have the opportunity to participate in these vital discussions that shape the global community. At these meetings, I take notes on any information related to the mission of our organization, which focuses on promoting health and environmental literacy. At the end of a meeting I send a brief, but precise summary to my mentor, Dr. Claudia Strauss. In addition to attending meetings, all interns participated in the Food Insecurity Conference held by WIT and the Mission of Ukraine. Interns helped prepare for the conference by doing research on specific countries in relation to the topic, “Reaction of Media and NGO’s to Countries Affected by Famine.” I researched the Darfur region in the country of Sudan and compiled my findings into a cohesive report, which would be distributed during the conference. In this way, each intern contributed to the success of the conference and participated in an organization-wide event. Thus, as an intern for the World Information Transfer, most of my time is not spent filing papers or organizing folders, but experiencing the independence needed to work in the real world outside of high school and getting a firsthand look at the issues that we struggle with around the world. WIT exposed me to the world of international relations, not how we see it on The New York Times or on CNN, but a collaboration of the world’s greatest powers working together day to day to establish global solutions.
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