WIT Interns with H.E. Mogens Lykketoft, President of the UN General Assembly 2016 and Dr. Christine Durbak
The World Information Transfer internship is held at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. Our goal is to support students in their pursuit of understanding international governance, global health, and environmental issues. Please see the Speaker’s Series explore how WIT encourages future leaders.
WIT Internship program began in 1993 and expanded over the years to an intensive summer program for 10-12 international students, attending an intensive daily 8-10 weeks at the United Nations Headquarters and a once-a-week program during the academic year.
Criteria for Application:
Candidates should be currently enrolled in graduate or undergraduate degree programs or hold a degree from an accredited undergraduate or graduate institution and should be able to verify their academic standing.
A candidate should send a concise resume, a letter of purpose indicating the candidate’s goals in interning for WIT, and two letters of recommendation from faculty at the candidate’s current or former university.
Once reviewed and accepted, a personal interview will be scheduled.
The World Information Transfer internship is held at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. Our goal is to support students in their pursuit of understanding international governance, global health and environmental issues. Please see the Speaker’s Series to explore how WIT encourages future leaders.
As WIT’s representatives, our interns attend and summarize relevant United Nations meetings where they also gather information related to health, environment, and sustainable development. These meetings include the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and their functional commissions, standing Committees of the General Assembly, seminars and briefings of the UN Environment Program, WHO, UN Development Program, OHRLLS, UNFPA, and UNICEF. General responsibilities include attending meetings at the UN at least one day per week combined with work in our office as needed; preparing concise meeting summaries; distributing our materials at appropriate meetings; gathering relevant materials from the UN.
Our Fall and Spring interns (those that live and go to school in and around the New York metropolitan area) assist us in organizing our annual international conference titled, Health and Environment: Global Partners for Global Solutions, held at the United Nations in April, and are expected to commit two days per week towards the internship. Interns from other states or countries who are interested in this program in the fall, winter and spring can do the internship five days per week from Mondays through Friday, and will offer the same programs as during our summer internship. Our Summer Internship program offers an intensive experience of five days per week from June to mid August. In addition to the responsibilities listed above, our interns will learn and acquire basic skills in Adobe InDesign to assist us in publishing the Conference Proceedings in our World Ecology Report. Our interns also have the opportunity to perform administrative duties, and participate in a speaker series where they will attend lectures on current issues such as the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), and on issues related to global climate change.
Who are WIT’s Interns?
WIT’s interns are upper college and graduate students. Occasionally exceptionally bright upper high school students are accepted.
WIT interns are expected to fund their own housing and other expenses. WIT offers a few stipends.