Two Internships at the United Nations to be Offered Next September

University of St. Thomas students and recent alumni will have a unique opportunity again this year to work at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. As interns to the Permanent Observer of the Holy See (the Vatican), the interns will act as staff to the members of the mission and perform responsibilities such as monitoring the actions of the U.N. bodies representing the Holy See in various meetings.

One internship will run from Sept. 1, 2011, through December 2011, the period that the Security Council is in session. The other internship will run from Sept. 1, 2011, through July 2012.

Each internship will include a stipend of $800 per month from the mission and a living expense supplement from the university.

Students of all majors who are interested in gaining insight into the international policies and politics facing the global community are encouraged to apply, subject to the qualifications listed below.

All students filling this internship should:

  • Be a senior, graduate student or recent graduate of St. Thomas.
  • Have a strong academic record.
  • Have a demonstrated knowledge of and interest in international politics, economics or law.
  • Be of good moral character and informed in Catholic social teaching.

Selection process

Applications must be completed by Feb. 8, 2011, for both internships.

Applicants should submit a 500- to 1,000-word letter expressing interest in the position and highlighting qualifications. Each applicant should provide official transcripts of all academic work from all institutions attended; this includes transfer as well as St. Thomas coursework. Applicants also should arrange for three letters of recommendation, including at least two from St. Thomas faculty members.

Send all application materials to Dr. Susan Alexander, Mail #AQU 102.

Selection of the interns will be made by a committee of faculty and administrators at the university. Finalists will be announced by March 2. All finalists should expect to be interviewed by the selection committee and by His Excellency, Archbishop Celestino Migliore, Permanent Observer of the Holy See at the United Nations.