UN Internships

Summer Student Internship at the United Nations

Since 2005, the Temple of Understanding has implemented its commitment to education of young people by hosting a Summer Internship at the United Nations.  High School students from different parts of the USA as well as many countries, spend five intensive weeks learning about the United Nations by attending open meetings of the Security Council, the General Assembly and their various Committees.  This program launches their careers as global citizens who care about the humanitarian goals embraced by the UN. Students accepted into this program have the opportunity to meet with different Missions and NGOs for discussions based on their specific questions and interests.

In addition, interns choose a topic for research that they are passionate about, and they present what they learn through an oral presentation and written paper at the end of the program.  Throughout the program, interns also have the opportunity to learn about different religions through visits to various interfaith sites, and they participate in volunteer work, which includes park cleanups and teaching other youth about the UN. Learn more about our interns’ research >>

*** Applications for summer 2016 are closed. Please apply in Nov. 2016! ***


2016 TOU UN Summer Interns

Meet our 2016 Summer Student Interns! >>

 

Highlights from Our 2016 Student Intern Research Projects

     

Click for a complete list of our 2016 research projects, as well as our archives from past years >>

 

What Interns Say About Their Experience

2015 Intern Mosque Visit

Site Visit: Mosque, New York City, 2015

“First, I would like to thank you again for all that you did to make the UN internship possible.  I have fully taken advantage of the “bragging rights” that Mr. Gelles mentioned, and practically everyone at Nightingale is now clamoring to apply next year!  I even invited Mr. Josh Black from the US Mission to be a guest speaker at Nightingale, and he was the most dynamic, engaging, and popular speaker we have ever had.  I think I am realizing even more now what an amazing and unique opportunity I had this past summer.  When I looked up the UN journal a few weeks ago, I wished I could have been there for all the important meetings about ISIS and terrorism, especially when all the presidents came from all around the world!  I know that I would not be so privileged to have had this opportunity without all your hard work with the Temple, and for that, thank you.”   ~ Annie, 2014

In retrospect the internship at the UN was one of the most moving, intellectually stimulating, and fun activities I have ever participated in. I was so intrigued at all the speakers and meetings we saw that I feel the internship has changed my views on worldwide politics and numerous major issues including climate change and many more. Additionally, I feel it has made me more interested in careers in NGOs and foreign policy. I want to extend another thank you to you and everyone at the Temple for allowing me to experience such an amazing internship.” ~ Christopher, 2010

Thank you for allowing me to be part of something so extraordinary. I can confidentlysay that during these past weeks I learned more than I ever thought possible. Not only did I learn about the issues the world is facing, I also awoke to my deepest passions for life.” ~ Besa, 2010

2011

It was an experience that broadened my horizons and one I will surely never forget.” ~ Bobby, 2010

I take with me a long and rich experience….. I realize, as you no doubt do, that we hold differing ideologies and viewpoints, but I have learned that such differences bring about discussion and dialogue – whether interfaith or international or simply interesting.” ~ Brian

Through the meetings at the UN, our smaller meetings at the Temple and each other’s final presentations, I was able to gain insight and perspective that I know will be useful in my academic work, but more importantly, in becoming a responsible global citizen.” ~ Kelsey, 2010

The lessons I learned and new viewpoints to which I was exposed by the Temple staff and at the UN are truly innumerable. I hope to incorporate what I have learned into my life with the intention of becoming even more of a global citizen. The program you have created for students my age is remarkable and unparalleled.” ~ Kristen, 2010