SPRING 2018 UNA-ORLANDO INTERNSHIP AGENDA
Your internship will officially begin on your first day of classes. As a UNA-Orlando intern, your ultimate goal is to increase your own awareness of issues that are both global and local and to use what you learn to inform others. Beyond informing yourself and informing others, you can also accumulate internship hours by providing administrative support to the UNA-Orlando chapter.
Included on this page is information that should be helpful as you prepare for the Spring 2018 semester. After reading through the entire page, use the text box at the bottom if you have questions (or you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
MANAGING YOUR INTERNSHIP
A very important aspect of your internship will be to understand that your responsibility to UNA-Orlando and your responsibility to your school separate. Before starting your internship, be sure that you have satisfied all of the requirements set by your school's internship office. Imagine how infuriating it would be to spend an entire semester thinking that you are accumulating hours towards an internship only to learn in May or June that your efforts will not be recognized by the school.
Also important is the way that you report your hours and activity. Your first thought should always be to follow the instructions provided by your school's internship office when it comes to reporting your hours and activity to them. It is important to know that the reporting you send to UNA-Orlando will not be relayed to your school (it has happened in the past that students have reported to UNA-Orlando that they attended an event or completed an assignment but never reported it to their internship office, believing that it was the responsibility of UNA-Orlando staff to do so).
Beyond satisfying your school's requirements to be sure that you receive credit or recognition for all that you do during the Spring semester, keep in mind the value of maintaining meticulous records and descriptions of all of your activity. This is a benefit for you now and in the future. When it comes time for you to write a cover letter and send your resume for a job that is perfect for you, you will need to refresh your memory about what you did and what you learned. At the same time, when you are asking for a letter of recommendation, it will be impossible for any person to remember specific details of your activities from months or even years earlier. You can use your records to remind them who you are and what you did.
HOURS AND ACTIVITY
After reporting your hours and activity to your school's internship office, you can use the Hours and Reporting page on the UNA-Orlando to let UNA-Orlando know what has been done. This will be helpful to the UNA staff but it will also create a record of your activity that can be used as backup verification if you ever need it.
Activity that will be accepted towards your internship:
- all that you do throughout the duration of a meeting or event that is organized by UNA-Orlando
- all that you do throughout the duration of a meeting or event that is organized by another organization that you attend on behalf of UNA-Orlando
- research to better understand an issue or to prepare for upcoming activities
- participation in the planning and conduct of meetings and events
- providing administrative support to the UNA-Orlando chapter
As you consider your school schedule and work schedule, it is likely that you are wondering if your activity with UNA-Orlando will conflict with work and school. The good news is that the UNA-Orlando internships allow students to focus on their school work and their jobs first before focusing on UNA-Orlando.
Much of what you do will be research to understand an issue better. This means that you can accumulate internship hours during a time and in a place that is convenient for you.
There will be occasions where you will need to be present at a location for a scheduled time. However, even then, you will not be required to attend all UNA-Orlando activities, which should allow you to attend the meetings, events, or activities that best fit your personal schedule.
To summarize all that has been said in this section, when scheduling your classes and your work hours, know that your UNA-Orlando internship will be flexible enough that you will always have the ability to accumulate internship hours without a major conflict.
UNA-ORLANDO ACTIVITY / ACCUMULATING INTERNSHIP HOURS
Researching to Understand UNA-Orlando and the United Nations Network
Most people understand the United Nations as the place in New York where ambassadors meet to discuss global issues. While that is true, the UN is much more than that. It is a collection of agencies and programmes with thousands of people who operate everywhere in the world to end suffering and establish peace.
Throughout your internship, especially at the beginning, familiarize yourself with a) UNA-Orlando, b) the United Nations as an organization and all of the UN Agencies and Programs, and c) UNA-Orlando's three parent organizations:
- The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA)
- The United Nations Foundation (UNF)
- A Better World Fund (BWF)
Time spent familiarizing yourself with UNA-Orlando and the UN Network will apply towards your internship hours requirement.
Researching Issues and Maintaining the Pages of the UNA-Orlando Website
On the website now, you will see a set of pages in our 2017 Featured Issues section. The goal now is to replace the 2017 pages with newly created 2018 pages and then continuously maintain those pages.
To accumulate internship hours, you can spend all your time researching one issue that interests you the most, or you can split your time researching several issues that interest you, or like many of our members you can be more of a generalist and split your time researching all of the issues.
While searching the Internet for material related to your chosen issue(s), whenever you find an article, video, or other information, you can share it all with the rest of us using the Membership and Participation navigation page on the UNA-Orlando website.
Once you open the navigation page, use the grey button to submit content for Featured Issues pages and the dark blue button to submit content for the Crisis pages.
UNA-Orlando Monthly Public Forums
Throughout the year, each month has a featured issue. Our regular practice is to place Learning Resources on the UNA-Orlando that people can use to prepare for the event-day discussion. For January, the featured issue is An Informed Citizenry. Therefore, on January 20th we will conduct a discussion on a topic related to the information that we receive from our schools, media, government, businesses, and other sources.
These public forums (and other activities that aren't yet scheduled) will be a significant opportunity for you to accumulate internship hours. As you mentioned, you can spend time researching the issue associated with the featured issues and you can spend time helping to submit and maintain content on the UNA-Orlando website. Additionally, you can accumulate internship hours as part of the planning and organizing team during the weeks prior to and during the day of the meeting. Information on joining the planning and organizing team will be provided soon.
UNA-Orlando is a network of people stretching from Daytona to Lakeland to Melbourne and everywhere in between. With so many people spread out throughout Central Florida, we are experimenting with online meetings.
While our public forum discussions are based on the month's featured issue, prior to the day of the forum it is necessary to narrow the broader issue down to a specific topic that is suitable for the meeting's 3-hour timeframe. With this in mind, a schedule has been created for us to begin the discussions for each of our Featured Issues (and eventually the discussions on our list of Crisis Situations).
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