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July - Dec 2005 Intern
LIFE AS AN INTERN (in her own words)
Working at the United Nations in the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Section of the Department of Public Information (DPI), I learned a tremendous amount about the workings of the United Nations (UN) and the importance of cooperation between the UN and non-governmental organizations around the world. Throughout my six-month internship I was fortunate enough to interact with prominent UN officials, NGO representatives, representatives of UN Member States and members of the international press. My time at the UN was, without a doubt, a once in a lifetime opportunity that taught me a great deal about myself, the international community and the NGOs who work to make the world a better place.
The NGO Section dedicates itself to partnerships with non-governmental organizations around the world. Because it is part of DPI, the NGO Section focuses on disseminating information about the UN and its programs throughout the world. In my role as an intern, I was assigned several corresponding tasks. I wrote press releases and media alerts. I communicated story ideas to UN media and translated informational material into Spanish.
The NGO Section holds weekly briefings for NGO representatives about issues that are important to the UN. Issues range from women’s rights to AIDS in Africa to the importance of sport and physical education in the lives of youth. Together with other interns, I researched briefing topics and wrote the weekly Link newsletter that was sent, via email, to more than 1,500 NGO representatives. In addition, I was often responsible for summarizing the briefings in order to provide NGO representatives concrete synopsis of the briefing highlights. Also pertinent to the briefings, I was tasked to design a survey that was given to NGO representatives after the final fall 2005 briefing. Using the gathered information, I analyzed the data and created a report that was presented to Shashi Tharoor, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information.
The NGO Section also hosts the largest gathering of NGO representatives at the Annual DPI/NGO Conference. One of my main duties related to the Conference was to create the Conference Kit, a compilation of important documents related to the Conference including the Conference Programme itself. I also assisted in corresponding with speakers, which included writing invitations and providing detailed information about Conference logistics. Following the Conference I was responsible for summarizing each of the speeches given at the Conference. These summaries can be found in the Final Report of the 58th Annual DPI/NGO Conference.
For more information, contact Dr. Bill Hunter at firstname.lastname@example.org.