Student Information

Student Name

Olivia Gong

Email

oliviarg21@gmail.com

Academy

Bio-Med

Internship Information

Company/Organization: World Information Transfer

Mentor(s):Dr. Claudia Strauss

Topic of Internship

Public Health/International Relations

Background Information

The World Information Transfer, INC. (WIT) is a non-governmental organization (NGO) in General Consultative Status with the United Nations (UN). As an organization, it has a focus and commitment to providing health and environmental literacy. The WIT was formed in 1987 as a response to the Chornobyl disaster that had occurred in 1986 to address the need to distribute information on the status of the environment and its effect on public health. Annually, the WIT publishes the World Ecology Report and the Ecology Inquirer. Additionally, it holds an annual conference at the United Nations, as well as various social media outlets including WordPress and Twitter to educate the public on health and environment. The WIT internship program is located in New York City, with a main office on Park Avenue, and the majority of interns’ time being spent at the United Nations Headquarters in midtown.

Summary of Internship

Working as an intern for the World Information Transfer, I have been a unique and informative experience. On a weekly basis, I am tasked with representing the WIT on United Nations grounds in meetings on topics relating to the WIT mission of health and environmental literacy. During these meetings, I keep up with social media by tweeting when the meeting is open. Subsequently, I compile summary reports on the meetings I attend, and these are posted to the WIT WordPress blog. This internship is unique in the aspect that it requires a significant amount of independence from the interns. The interns must complete these summaries in a timely fashion, develop their own schedules most weeks, and conduct themselves in a professional and UN-appropriate manner at all times. Each week, I have been able to expand my horizons on global affairs and received significant exposure to how solutions are put into play on the world stage. I have been able to further understand the complexities of implementation of international plans, and this internship has inspired me to look into pursuing a career in healthcare or scientific policymaking.

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