Student Information

Student Name

Elise Freeman




Internship Information

Company/Organization: World Information Transfer

Mentor(s):Dr. Claudia Strauss

Topic of Internship

International Relations/Environmental Health

Background Information

World Information Transfer, Inc., (WIT) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization in General Consultative with the United Nations that is committed to promoting environmental health and literacy. WIT was formed in 1987 after the Chornobyl disaster in 1986 to address the growing need to disseminate information pertaining to the critical status of the environment and its effect on human health. Since 1989, WIT has published the World Ecology Report, an internationally distributed quarterly summary on pressing health and environment concerns. WIT also exercises its purpose by holding a “Global Partners for Global Solutions” conference at the United Nations. WIT further services the global community by providing humanitarian aid and scholarships. Internship positions are available at WIT’s New York City office, for the purpose of encouraging future leaders in health and environment. The majority of interns’ time is spent at the United Nations.

Summary of Internship

As an intern representing the World Information Transfer, I have access to the international territory of the United Nations every Thursday. I attend meetings on topics varying from sustainable development and climate change to international law and gender equality. During the meetings, I take notes before submitting a summary to my mentor. Effective summarizing and a critical “ear” for important details are skills I have picked up during my internship at WIT. This year, interns were also responsible for increasing WIT’s social media profile, so I would tweet on WIT’s Twitter page during the meetings as well. This internship requires a great deal of independence, as I was mainly responsible for choosing which meetings to attend. Professionalism and responsibility are also crucial, as my mentor gave me the trust and freedom to attend the United Nations on my own and represent the organization. Each week, I have enhanced my global perspective as I learned about current international concerns and proposed solutions. I am fortunate to have gained the immense amount of knowledge I have, and am excited to apply this information in college.

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