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Barret Katuna
Spring 2005 Intern

Barret Katuna

Barret Katuna ‘04 of Plymouth, PA is currently interning at United Nations Headquarters for the Department of Public Information, Non-governmental Organization Section. She is a part-time graduate student at Lehigh University. She will complete her M.A. in political science by September 2005.

As an undergraduate student at Lehigh, Barret majored in French and political science. She also was a Roy Eckhardt College Scholar. Barret was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and was involved with French Club and College Democrats club activities. She graduated with highest honors in May 2004. She wrote two senior honors theses, “Immigrants, Citizenship and Entitlements in France and the United States” and “L’enfant dans la littérature française de l’Holocauste”. During her junior year, Barret studied abroad in Strasbourg, France through Syracuse University’s program in Strasbourg. While living in Strasbourg, Barret’s French language skills improved because of her daily interaction with her host family. Barret interned at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg during her time abroad. She worked on a project with the Subcommittee on Education regarding how to teach the Holocaust to the next generation of Europeans.

Barret earned a Presidential Scholarship and chose to remain at Lehigh for her graduate work. As a graduate student, Barret was a Gryphon for Trembley Park and she continued to work for the Admissions Office. After learning of Lehigh’s NGO status and the opportunity to intern at the United Nations, Barret met with Bill Hunter to discuss the possibility of interning at the United Nations. Barret learned in late November that she had been offered the internship at the United Nations.

Barret is enjoying her current position. She reports that as an intern, she has considerable responsibilities and works with the Chief of the DPI/NGO Unit, Paul Hoeffel, Information Officers, and other DPI/NGO Staff to coordinate the department’s programs. Her specific tasks include preparation for the weekly DPI/NGO Briefings and coordination for the 58 th Annual DPI/NGO Conference in September 2005.

For more information, contact Dr. Bill Hunter at

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