THE UNITED NATIONS ASSOCIATION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
SPRING 2019 INTERNSHIP MEETING
10:00am-1:00pm, Saturday, January 26th | Herndon Library: 4324 E. Colonial 32803
With just a few days remaining before Saturday's meeting, the recommended preparation is the same as it has been: continue to familiarize yourself with UNA-Orlando and the UN System and continue to identify ways that you can build a relationship between what you are doing in your classes and what you will soon be doing with UNA-Orlando.
While you are doing that, a lot of work is being done to make arrangements for some of what we will be doing in the coming weeks. This includes the following:
- a Feb. 16th Model UN mini-conference (high school and middle school students)
- a Feb. 23rd Public Forum (our first of 2019)
- a March 2nd meeting of the Planning and Organizing committee
More will be happening, but at the moment the plans are not developed enough to be able to make any announcements.
If you haven't done so already, complete the RSVP form to indicate whether you will or will not attend this meeting.
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SCHOOL-TO-CHAPTER PROJECT / COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROJECT
A key component of your involvement with UNA-Orlando will be an ability to build relationships. At the moment I'm not talking about interpersonal relationships. That's important, too, but what I'm talking about is creating links between situations happening in one place with situations happening in another place. On a large scale, that would be researching a situation happening out there in the world and recognizing the effect that the situation has on us here in Orlando. On a much smaller scale, that would be you creating a connection between what you are doing with UNA-Orlando and what you are doing in your classes.
Every person's circumstances are different. There are a million different things that any individual could do. An idea might not come to you immediately, but after you become more familiar with UNA-Orlando and the UN System and more familiar with what is expected of you in your coursework - and after you have had the chance to meet with other students and hear their ideas - eventually an idea will come to you. A main purpose of the Jan. 26th meeting will be to help you finalize your project idea.
ACQUIRING AND REPORTING INTERNSHIP HOURS
It will be repeated often that your schoolwork, and whatever else you have going on in your life, is your priority. This internship is designed to allow you to accumulate your internship hours during times that are most convenient for you. It will happen occasionally that you will be asked to be somewhere at a specific location and time, but mostly you can schedule your hours in your own way.
To report your hours and activity, keep in mind that reporting to your school is one thing and reporting to UNA-Orlando is another thing.
Your school will have their own reporting system and will use the information you send them to determine whether you did or did not meet the requirements for receiving recognition for your activity. UNA-Orlando has its own system that is separate from your school reporting. Use the HOURS AND ACTIVITY form on the UNA-Orlando website. The information you send UNA-Orlando will be used for two main purposes.
First, it is a way for you to keep everyone informed on what you have been doing. Second, as you move through your semester and you continue to document your activity, you will end up creating a portfolio. At the end of the semester, the information you provided can be used by UNA-Orlando to respond to requests from your school to verify your activity. It can be used by you to help you build your resume. It can also be used by UNA-Orlando to write recommendation letters or provide verification to potential employers who might call.
When you do use the HOURS AND ACTIVITY form on our website, keep in mind that you are speaking to Future You and that Future You won't remember all that you did as clearly as you might expect. Be thorough and accurate with the details. Include dates, times, and locations. Also, include in your reporting any preparation work you did prior to an activity and any followup work you did afterwards.
SPRING 2019 STUDENT AGREEMENT FORM
As mentioned previously, completing the STUDENT AGREEMENT FORM is NOT a one-time thing. It is meant to be a communication devise that you can use to provide updates to your situation. The final date for all the information on the form to be completed is the night before our January 26th meeting.
THE JANUARY 26TH MEETING
Here is a summary of what you can expect to do to prepare for the meeting:
- familiarize yourself with your classes
- familiarize yourself with UNA-Orlando and the UN System
- consider ideas for school-to-chapter and/or community engagement projects
- identify hours to dedicate to UNA; determine own daily/weekly agenda; report any activity related to your internship
On the day of the meeting, dress as you would on a normal school day. Bring a laptop, cellphone, or other technology that you can use to look up information. There is no food allowed in the room, but you can sneak in a coffee or other drink as long as it is sealed properly.
Complete the form below to indicate whether you will or will not attend the meeting.
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