Company/Organization: World Information Transfer
Mentor(s):Dr. Claudia Strauss
Topic of Internship
International Relations/ Public Health
World Information Transfer, Inc., (WIT) is an NGO (non-governmental organization) in General Consultative Status with the United Nations. The organization came to fruition in 1987 as a result of the Chernobyl disaster of 1986 in order to facilitate and augment the distribution of factual information to the public. Currently, WIT publishes the World Ecology Report in numerous languages conveying a plethora of significant public health and environmental issues to a global audience. It also runs a WordPress online blog for interns to publish summaries of meetings they attend. Annually since 1992, the organization has held a Health and Environment “Global Partners for Global Solutions” conference at the United Nations. Additionally, WIT provides humanitarian aid and scholarships in health and environment studies. The New York City office of World Information Transfer runs an internship program to promote leadership in health and the environment.
Summary of Internship
My experience as an intern and representative of World Information Transfer has been thoroughly enriching, informative, and a true privilege. On a weekly basis, I attend various meetings at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. These meetings cover a broad range of topics including, but certainly not limited to, gender equality, sustainable development, international law and public health. I am tasked with live tweeting during these meetings to augment WIT’s presence on social media. In addition, as an intern, I am responsible for summarizing the meetings I have attended for WIT’s WordPress blog. Also, I was given the opportunity to do work in preparation of WIT’s annual Health and Environment “Global Partners for Global Solutions” conference. I registered and guided attendees and live tweeted. I acted as a facilitator for the panelists and the audience throughout the meeting by collecting questions and distributing informative resources. Following the conference, I gave a tour of the United Nations Headquarters to an inquisitive group of middle school students and their teachers from Pennsylvania. This internship requires independence since interns do not see their mentor on a daily basis. As a result of my time at WIT, I wish to further explore international relations and public health in college.
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