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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.

    Lehigh University (gender/youth empowerment focus)

    The ideal candidate will have clear aspirations to work in fields related to gender equality and youth empowerment, 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 UN Women, including the Commission on the Status of Women, UNESCO, UNICEF, and other relevant UN agencies, and to engage with potential UN-accredited gender-related NGOs, seeking areas of collaboration with Lehigh's departments/Colleges related to gender equality and youth empowerment.

    Loretto Community

    The Loretto Community at the United Nations is seeking a United Nations Youth Representative to serve at the United Nations and assist with research and advocacy related to gender equality and youth empowerment, more specifically aligned with Loretto's role in the Working Group on Girls.  
     
    The ideal candidate will have clear aspirations to work in an area related to gender equality and youth empowerment, whether as a practitioner, administrator or policymaker. The position will require the Youth  Representative to attend (virtual or in person) meetings and conferences aligned with the Working Group on Girls, Loretto Community, Commission on the Status of Women, and many more. In addition, students will conduct research and produce reports and other publications aligned with the strategic goals of the Loretto Community. 
     
    Qualifications:
    • Masters or PhD student at Lehigh University, preferably with a research/study concentration in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS), Education, International Relations, or Sociology. 
    • Between the ages of 18-34 (as required by the United Nations for a Youth Representative Position). 
    • In good standing at Lehigh University.
    • Familiar with data collection and analysis, program evaluation.
    Competencies: 
    • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
    • Accountability;
    • Creative Problem Solving;
    • Effective Communication;
    • Inclusive Collaboration;
    • Stakeholder Engagement;
    • Leading by Example.

    The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA)

    UUA is seeking a United Nations Youth Representative to serve at the United Nations and assist with research and advocacy related to social justice and human rights, more specifically aligned with their mission at the United Nations. The ideal candidate will have clear aspirations to work in an area related to social justice and human rights, whether as a practitioner, administrator, or policymaker. The position will require the Youth Representative to attend (virtual or in person) meetings and conferences aligned with the Unitarian Universalist Association advocacy agenda at the United Nations. In addition, students will conduct research and produce reports and other publications aligned with the strategic goals of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

    Qualifications:

    • Masters or PhD student at Lehigh University, preferably with a research/study concentration in Political Science, Environmental Studies (with a focus on climate justice), Education, International Relations, or Sociology.

    • Between the ages of 18-32 (as required by the United Nations for a Youth Representative Position).

    • In good standing at Lehigh University.

    • Familiar with data collection and analysis, program evaluation.

    Competencies:

    • Awareness of human rights and social justice platforms at the UN;

    • Accountability;

    • Creative Problem Solving;

    • Effective Communication;

    • Inclusive Collaboration;

    • Stakeholder Engagement;

    • Leading by Example.

     

    Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please email LU/UN Youth Representative Program Director Whitney Szmodis: wes307@lehigh.edu with any questions.

    LU/UN Youth Representative Application