Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada

AQUA student completes UN Intensive Summer Study Program (June 2015)

July 7th, 2015

 “Secondly, it gave me the chance to meet people who come from a wide range of backgrounds and to build connections that will extend far past the culmination of the program. In both cases, I think that my experience in New York has put me in a good position moving forward once I am finished at StFX.

“Overall, the program was a wonderful experience, and I cannot emphasize enough how grateful I am to have received financial support from the MacBain/Riley International Fund to help me do it.”

The United Nations Intensive Summer Study Program is designed for graduate students, advanced undergraduates, and mid-career professionals, and teaches participants about the political dynamics of the UN. The week-long program familiarizes students with the inner workings of the UN by bringing them together with distinguished practitioners working in the field of multilateral diplomacy. 

Students are selected to attend based on past academic achievement, demonstrated interest in the subject matter, and reference letters. The program attracts a diverse mix of participants from around the world.

“As a young person interested in working in the field of international relations, having the opportunity to participate in the UN Intensive Summer Study program offered a unique opportunity to meet other young people with similar interests, and to learn from individuals working directly with the UN,” Mr. Turner says.

“I arrived in New York with a working knowledge of the purpose of the UN and its functions, but left with both a better understanding of its political dynamics, and a greater appreciation of the complexity of the field of multilateral diplomacy.”

What was the experience like?

“In one word, intensive,” he says.

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