UN Internships

Summer Student Internship at the United Nations… UN Summer Internship Application Form!

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Since 1995 the Temple of Understanding has implemented its commitment to education of young people by hosting a Summer Internship at the United Nations.  High School and College students from New York and different parts of the USA as well as China , Spain and Mexico have spent 6 weeks  learning about the United Nations by attending open meetings of the Security Council, the General Assembly and their various Committees. They have begun a career as global citizens who care about the humanitarian goals embraced by the UN.

Each year they have chosen for research a topic they are passionate about and they present their research to their colleagues at the end of the program.   Since many are debaters many consider both sides of the issue but do not fail to make an ethical judgment.  2013 saw 20 young people whose chosen issues fall into three categories: Human Rights Violations, the Millennium Development Goals 3,7 and 8 and Civil Unrest .  The executive summary of their topics are reproduced here.

The Millennium Development Goals that students use as a guideline for their topics are:

  • Eradication of Extreme Poverty and Hunger
  • Achieve Universal Primary Education
  • Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women
  • Reduce Child Mortality
  • Improve Maternal Health
  • Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria, and Other Disease
  • Ensure Environmental Sustainability
  • Develop a Global Partnership for Development


In 2013, interns looked at a number of important and timely issues. Here are the summaries of their power point presentations.

  1. Women’s Rights
  2. The Environment
  3. Drugs and Crime in LA-Thomas TysonTrade and Natural Resources
  4. Human Rights
  5. Civil Unrest


These research topics chosen by the students are of contemporary importance each year and were on the summer agenda for the United Nations. See presentations from 2010 and 2011 below.


What the Interns said about the 2010 experience!

un internshipsIn 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

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

2011 Interns at The UN

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

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


Internship Presentations 2010

Internship Presentations 2011

The Developing WorldHow Global Poverty is Addressed by the UNPolice BrutalityMaternal HealthChild SoldiersUN G2O Relations UN Project PresentationUN ICCPalestine-Israel RelationsSex TraffickingNorth Korea DisarmamentPeacekeeping UN Child HealthBirth RegistrationDrug TraffickingHealth Education in African NationsFinancial Institutions Response to Global EconomyPrimary Education of the Phillippines and Ethiopia