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Jiwon Lee

Major: Sociology, International Politics
Minor: N/A
Hometown: San Jose, California

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I searched for United Nations internships online. The organization has an online job/internship search and application system.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

I am interning at the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Division for Public Administration and Development Management. I assist my office in researching the world public sector, advising governments on sustainable policies, creating capacity-building tools, and more. I feel that my work is very valuable and appreciated, as I am contributing to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. Additionally, as a UN intern, I was able to attend a lot of fascinating UN events, forums, and workshops, making connections with people from all over the world. My goal for this internship was to learn more about the organization's work on strengthening international cooperation and building sustainable, developed societies. Overall, the experience has been extremely rewarding and inspirational.

"Overall, the experience has been extremely rewarding and inspirational."

How did this experience impact you academically?

I conducted research on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals for many countries, as well as any stakeholder engagement and participation channels they had. Through this work, I learned a lot about the characteristics and behaviors of the countries and how they interact with others. In addition, I observed and studied international negotiations and collaborations. For example, I attended a High-level Profile Forums, where representatives from each country came to the United Nations to share their progress and experiences on the issue of eradicating poverty. I believe that these experiences will enrich my knowledge on international politics and sociology.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

I will be attending law school in the fall. I want to become a lawyer in International Human Rights and work for the legal department of an international organization. The United Nations is a great organization in that field, so it was nice to experience what it was like to work there. I would definitely want to come back to the United Nations after law school.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

Absolutely. You can observe international politics first hand and contribute to a global goal. Also, New York City is a great place to live, with lots of great food and entertainment.

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