Company/Organization: World Information Tranfer at the United Nations
Mentor(s):Dr. Claudia Strauss
Topic of Internship
International Relations, Environmental Science
World Information Transfer, Inc., (WIT) is a non-governmental organization (NGO) that participates in the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. WIT advocates and promotes environmental health and literacy. The NGO was founded in 1987 in response to the nuclear tragedy of Chernobyl. WIT was created to help raise awareness and the importance of protecting the deteriorating environment and its effects on human health. WIT takes actions on the issues by organizing its annual conference held at the UN. The conference is titled, “Global Partners for Global Solutions;” providing Humanitarian Aid, offering Internships, publishing the World Ecology Report and more. Their goal for their interns is to encourage future leaders in health and environment. Interns will be spending most of their time at the United Nations in various committees exploring a wide variety of worldly topics.
Summary of Internship
Every single Thursday I am a youth Representative on behalf of the World Information Transfer to the United Nations. I attend weekly meetings during the day at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. The various meetings I attend explore concerning topics about social development; some are about renewable energy, protecting women’s rights, promoting education, immigration, and more. During these meetings, I take notes on all the important information presented at the meeting. After the meeting, I would write a summary of it in a specific format and send the summary to fellow interns and my mentors. The work is very independent and requires responsibility and professionalism. The most valuable aspect of the internship is the exposure to the international community, exploring real world issues, and learning the workings of the United Nations. The real world experience this internship offers is essential to learning skills useful in the work force.
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