Company/Organization: World Information Transfer
Mentor(s):Dr. Claudia Strauss
Topic of Internship
Public Health/Environment/International Relations
World Information Transfer (WIT) is a non-profit and non-governmental organization in General Consultative Status at the United Nations that promotes environmental health, sustainable development, and literacy. Based in New York City, it was formed after the 1986 Chornobyl nuclear accident in order to provide the global community with accurate and important information about our deteriorating environment and its effects on public health. WIT distributes this digest of critical information through many avenues. First, it publishes the international World Ecology Report that is produced in six languages and the Ecology Enquirer created by summer interns. It also runs a WordPress blog that is updated weekly with summaries about the meetings interns attend. Finally, annual, WIT-hosted conferences present further scientific papers from international experts. Interns are involved in all of these efforts and spend their time between the UN Headquarters and WITís Park Ave. office.
Summary of Internship
As an intern for World Information Transfer, I am responsible for representing my NGO every Thursday at the UN Headquarters in NYC. Each week, I attend 2-3 conferences on topics such as sustainable development, gender equality, climate change, and recently, the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women. During these meetings/briefings, I simultaneously take notes for summaries that will be posted on our blog and tweet using WITís Twitter account. Sample tweets can take the form of quotes from distinguished speakers or short statistics. Over the course of my internship, I have improved my note-taking, listening, and even socializing skills. I have also gained an extensive amount of knowledge in international relations and diplomatic affairs. Although the internship requires independence as WIT interns do not get to see their mentor on a daily basis, it is a humbling and valuable experience that exposes us to real-world discussions and collaborations on a wide scope of pressing issues. As a result of my internship, I wish to further explore sustainable development in college and how youth can play a role to promote it.
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