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The world’s first United Nations Youth Representative Program

Founded in 2008, Lehigh University's United Nations Youth Representative Program matches UN-accredited NGOs with high-achieving undergraduate and graduate students who serve as that NGO’s voice at the United Nations. We work with NGOs on five continents and focus on a wide range of issues, including environmental sustainability, gender equality and justice, LGBT+ rights, global health, international peace, and many more.

Youth Representatives meet with global decision makers, participate in international conferences, and moderate briefings broadcast worldwide. Our Youth Representatives speak on the floor of the General Assembly and advocate on a variety of platforms related to agenda at the United Nations and worldwide.

Current Youth Representatives

More than one hundred students have served at the United Nations as Youth Representatives. Ranging from first-year undergraduates to Ph.D. students, Youth Representatives visit the United Nations once per month to attend briefings, conferences and private meetings with UN officials on behalf of their NGO. See the current Youth Reps >

Now Accepting Applications

The LU/UN Youth Representative Program is now accepting applications for:


  • Lehigh University (health focus) 
    • The ideal candidate will have clear aspirations to work in the healthcare field, whether as a practitioner, administrator or on the policy side. The position will require the Youth  Representative to attend (virtual or in person) meetings and conferences sponsored by the World Health Organization, UNICEF and other relevant UN agencies, and to engage with potential UN accredited health-related NGOs, seeking areas of collaboration with Lehigh's health related departments/College


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please email LU/UN Youth Representative Program Director Whitney Szmodis: with any questions.

LU/UN Youth Representative Application