Company/Organization: World Information Transfer
Mentor(s):Dr. Claudia Strauss
Topic of Internship
International Relations/Public Health
The World Information Transfer, Inc., (WIT) is an NGO (non-governmental organization) and a not-for-profit organization in General Consultative Status with the United Nations. As an organization, it focuses on promoting environmental health and literacy. The emphasis on environmental health and literacy was primarily inspired by the Chornobyl nuclear tragedy back in 1987. The World Information Transfer publishes the World Ecology Report, and the Ecology Inquirer. It also runs a WordPress online blog where interns publish their summaries of the meetings they cover. The WIT also has an internship program in New York City, where its main office is located. Interns occasionally work at the WIT main office, but spend a majority of their time at the United Nations Headquarters.
Summary of Internship
Working as an intern for the World Information Transfer has been a thoroughly enjoyable, unique, and overall great learning experience. On a weekly basis, I represent the World Information Transfer in meetings held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. I summarize regular briefings held at the UN on a multifarious set of topics, ranging from sustainable development, public health, to the environment. I also had the chance of summarizing events in the fifty-ninth session of the Commission on the Status of Women during the month of March. The internship is also unique in the aspect that it is a very independent one. The interns are all entrusted with a responsibility to get all the summaries written in a timely fashion, without seeing our advisor on a weekly basis. I have learned an immense amount regarding international affairs and have gotten exposure to the international community. I also get to witness how enormously complex it is to do something significantly good for the world, and that has taught and inspired me to pursue a career in public health.
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