THE TEMPLE OF UNDERSTANDING’S
SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

A Four-Week Intensive Internship for Students Ages 18-23

June 27 – July 24, 2024

Please be certain to read the application carefully.

Since 2005, the Temple of Understanding has implemented its commitment to the education of youth by hosting a Summer Student Internship Program. The student interns are given passes to enable them to attend open meetings of the United Nations Security Council, General Assembly, and 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 Missions and NGOs, pursue independent research, learn about different religions through visiting their houses of worship, participate in community volunteer work, and connect with other youth from countries across the world.

The minimum age is 18. Applicants must be 18 years old by June 20, 2024, to participate in the program. Applications are due by March 10, 2024. To complete the application, click on the button below and then make your own copy using the blue “Make a Copy” button.

Religious Site Visit

Service Visit

See what a few of last year’s interns had to say about their experience!

“The TOU embodies its mission in every aspect, aiming to foster awareness and ignite passion among youth. By uniting individuals from diverse backgrounds and faiths, the organization uplifts and empowers them to embrace their potential as the future leaders and changemakers they know that we are.”

“One of the best ways to spend a summer in New York! The TOU program emphasizes the role each of us can play in solving complex international problems while engaging and giving back to the local community. I met the most amazing people and had the most incredible experience.”  

“Time flies when you fly. The program will go by very quickly, but by the time it is over, you will realize how much you’ve grown as a person.” 

“To summarize, I feel as if I am now seeing the world through a very different set of lenses.”  

“I met such wonderful people and am so thankful for all the amazing opportunities I had access to through TOU this summer. I really feel I was able to grow both intellectually and personally through these experiences.”

“I feel like I have not only gained insight and knowledge about various topics (especially the topic I did my research on) but I feel like I have also been able to grow in terms of getting to know different people in various contexts and cultivate those relationships. I believe this program has offered me incredible and valuable opportunities that I have been able to learn from.” 

“More professional than summer camp, but just as much fun as one.”

“As the directors said, you learn something new from every activity you participate in, and if you make the most of this experience it will leave an impact now and continue to impact you in the future.” 

“The Temple of Understanding’s UN Summer Internship was an enriching adventure that has left an indelible mark on my heart and mind. The program’s diverse array of experiences, spanning from engaging speakers and thought-provoking meetings to meaningful volunteer work and engaging projects and the UN, all served to expand my horizons and invite a profound passion for global issues. Beyond that, the amazing connections I made with diverse individuals foster an atmosphere of understanding and compassion, shaping me into a more conscious global citizen and person.” 

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