WIT Internship Programs
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?
Most of our interns are graduate and upper level undergraduate students studying international affairs, public health, environmental science, business and economics.
WIT interns are expected to find their own housing and fund their internship as we do not offer stipends. The internship is for free. No fees of any kind are required.
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.