Ever wondered what it’s like to intern with the UN?

By · 14 July, 2015 · Features, News

Reflections on my Industry Placement with the Australian National Committee for UN Women – Maddy Greer

In January and February of 2015 I had the privilege of spending 6 weeks full time interning with the Australian National Committee for UN Women, as part of the University of Sydney Business School’s Industry Placement Program.

January and February were very exciting months to be in the National Committee office, as the team was busily preparing to host International Women’s Day (IWD) events in 6 capital cities across Australia.  These annual events are high profile opportunities to fundraise for UN Women’s work in the Pacific, to promote gender equality in Australia and to publically engage with corporate sponsors and partners.

During my internship, I completed several projects including a comprehensive website audit and marketing strategy for International Women’s Day merchandise, while also supporting the events team to prepare for IWD events.

Highlights of my placement include meeting the National Committee Board President, Elizabeth Shaw, working with volunteers at the National Multicultural Festival in Canberra, and attending meetings at Parliament House and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

vols MC 2015Interning with The Australian National Committee for UN Women has accelerated my professional development.  I have received fantastic exposure to the non-profit sector and have identified further career paths in government and business that interest me.  I also have a much broader understanding of politics and policy (a natural consequence of living in Canberra!), and a deeper understanding of how government and businesses can work together to create greater positive social impact.

On a personal level, this internship has cemented my passion for women’s empowerment and gender equality.  I am proud to have interned for an organisation whose mission and values I wholeheartedly support, and will carry these ideals forward in my future career.

My Intern Experience at the Australian National Committee for UN Women – Sarah Cumming

I am a fifth year student studying law and international relations at ANU and I am currently interning at the Australian National Committee for UN Women in the position of Research and Communications Intern. I found out about this exciting internship opportunity through the ANU International Law Society.

A major part of my internship position has revolved around the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are expected to be adopted my UN Member States in September of this year to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). I undertook extensive research with regards to the SDGs, which culminated in a discussion paper being released by the Australian National Committee entitled “Accelerating Gender Equality through the Post-2015 development Agenda”. It was an amazing feeling to see my work published on the National Committee’s website and I am very grateful for the trust that the National Committee invested in me with regards to this project. I am now working on an exciting new task which involves developing seminars aiming to encourage high school girls to pursue careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

hlafjsMy internship at the Australian National Committee for UN Women has greatly broadened my knowledge of the United Nations system and after studying the UN on a theoretical level at university, it has been great to experience how UN entities actually function in practice. My research and written communication skills have also been significantly strengthened and I have gained valuable knowledge about the non-profit sector and how non-profit organisations interact with government and the private sector.

Throughout my internship, I have had the fantastic opportunity to work closely with the National Committee’s Executive Director, Julie McKay, who has been a great source of inspiration for me and is an excellent role model for all girls aspiring to reach positions of leadership and influence. I have also had the opportunity to attend exciting events and meetings, such as a panel event on the Commission on the Status of Women at Parliament House.

From Nervous Intern to Employee: Reflections on my internship with the Australian National Committee for UN Women – Grace Hill

In late 2013- early 2014 I had the fantastic opportunity of being an International Women’s Day (IWD) intern at the Australian National Committee for UN Women. At the time, I was completing my Master’s Degree in Development Studies and looking for a way to boost my involvement in the sector when I saw the opportunity advertised and decided to apply.

During my internship, I got the opportunity to participate in many different projects including assisting with the creation of the 2014 IWD Schools Kit, boosting our efforts in community fundraising, content development and management for the website, as well as assist in ticket promotion and outreach to corporates, government and schools.

This internship greatly accelerated my professional skills in administration as well as building new and valuable skill areas in event management and fundraising. By being involved in various projects and interacting with different staff members my professional confidence as well as my skillset grew exponentially.

Highlights of my time as an intern would have to include the opportunity to meet staff from regional offices in the Pacific, meeting Natasha Stott Despoja (Ambassador for Women and Girls), IWD Week and the chance to work alongside the committed and passionate team at the National Committee.

jf;jfaThis internship was a wonderful way for me to gain experience working in an office environment as well as grow my understanding of the non-profit sector. Since completing my internship I have held various contract positions at the National Committee and am currently the Fundraising and Programs Coordinator.

The investment in skills development and capacity building in me that the National Committee made was huge and I deeply appreciate the opportunities that they have granted me.

If you are passionate about gender equality, excited by a challenge and want to gain professional skills, I’d greatly encourage you to consider applying for an internship at the Australian National Committee for UN Women!!

MORE INFORMATION: UN Women is dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on improving their rights worldwide. The Australian National Committee for UN Women is committed to supporting UN Women through fundraising and advocacy of global women’s issues.

The National Committee has three internship intakes a year, with the next round opening on October 8th 2015. To find out more information about our internship program, visit https://unwomen.org.au/about-us/internships.

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