Aftan Baldwin

January, 2014 to June, 2014

Never in my life had I dreamed of working with the United Nations (UN). The organization that stands for the peace and well-being of all mankind seemed far out of my reach. It’s impossible to describe what it means to have had the opportunity to give my input on the world’s highest platform.

From January 2014 to June 2014, I was the briefings intern with the Department of Public Information’s (DPI) Nongovernmental Organization (NGO) Relations Section. In this role I worked with a team to design and implement events where information on various topics was disseminated to members of the NGO community, who, in turn, shared it with their constituents. Our topics ranged from education, to the environment, to poverty, to health, and many more. Specifically, I was tasked with the research behind the programs and the designing of visual identifiers. At the briefings, while the diplomats, academics, and key stakeholders spoke about the topics, I sat with them, controlling their technology and ensuring the fluidity of the events.

Additionally, I contributed to DPI’s social media and served as a receptionist in the NGO Resource Center. Social media served as another platform for information dissemination. While watching the trends in the world and at the UN, the other interns and I would post to Facebook and Tweet out to our NGO representatives so that they may also pass on the information. While working in the Resource Center, I consulted NGO representatives on UN policies and practices. Through this, I was able to meet many amazing people who work endlessly to make the world a better place. I will always be grateful to know that I’ve made a positive mark on the world through my internship with the UN