Company/Organization: World Information Transfer
Mentor(s):Dr. Claudia Strauss
Topic of Internship
International Relations/ Public Health
The World Information Transfer, Inc. (WIT) is a non-profit organization in General Consultative Status with the United Nations who’s aim is to promote environmental literacy and health. The NGO (non-governmental organization) was founded in 1987 in response to the lack of information disseminated about environmental and public health dangers in the aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster, a nuclear accident that had occurred the year before in Ukraine. Today, WIT regularly publishes the World Ecology Report and the Ecology Inquirer, both of which tackle critical health and environment issues in a number of languages. In addition, WIT has held an annual Health and Environment “Global Partners for Global Solutions” conference at the UN Headquarters since 1992. WIT services its global community by providing humanitarian aid to areas impacted by environmental degradation and offering scholarships in studies relating to health and environment. For the purpose of encouraging future leaders in health and environment, WIT offers internships in New York City where the majority of the interns’ time is spent at the United Nations Headquarters.
Summary of Internship
As an intern for the World Information Transfer, I am a youth representative of the World Information Transfer at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. In addition to an UN Headquarter seasonal pass, I am privileged to weekly attend open meetings and events that discuss a plethora of subjects which include sustainable development, gender equality, and immigration. With these privileges, I am responsible for taking notes to summarize the briefings for WIT’s WordPress blog while simultaneously live tweeting what is being discussed. Personally, the most gratifying part of this internship is the independence given to its interns. Interns are able to choose the briefings they attend and are held at a high standard to be responsible for completing their summaries as well as representing WIT through their conduct at the United Nations. Because of this internship, I have been given a more global scope of the international community & its pressing issues, and have come to acquire skills needed in a professional work setting
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