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Graduate Fellows Program

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Application Proces

The deadline for Spring 2017 UNA-NCA applications is Monday, October 31, 2016 at 5pm.

Applications should be submitted to Laurence Peters, Director, UNA Graduate Fellows Program. 
Mail: UNANCA 2000 P Street NW, Suite 630, Washington, DC 20036 
Fax: 202-223-6096
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Click HERE for the Application 

Graduate students in good standing from any of the Consortium Universities who will be in these graduate programs during the participating semester are welcome to apply to this exciting program. 

The application has five parts:
  • The two-page application
  • A one page essay discussing the applicant's five year career plan
  • A copy of the applicant's unofficial graduate transcript
  • One letter of recommendation
  • An updated resume

Please do not use staples on application. Submit only one copy. Unofficial transcripts accepted.

Background

The United Nations Association of the National Capital Area provides an opportunity for Washington area graduate students interested in international affairs, development, trade, finance, and related disciplines to explore the role of the United Nations within the context of modern global affairs and other international organizations. The UNA-NCA Fellows Program offers participants the chance to build strong professional and academic skills through relevant internship experiences and a series of 10 seminars on global issues and the United Nations.

Since it was initiated in 1991 by officials of the UNA-NCA, with the mission of bringing together the resources of the organization and the 15 members of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area, the program has involved over 500 students and 40 international organizations. UNA-NCA’s access to the United Nations system of agencies and a diverse range of professional relationships has helped make this program one of the most successful UNA program in the country.

Components of the UNA-NCA Fellows Program

  •  A 10 session seminar program focusing on pertinent current issues facing the United Nations system, including reform challenges, and featuring leading figures working on those issues.
  • Membership in the UNA-NCA Young Professionals Program which includes invitations to networking events. You must attend at least one UNA-NCA sponsored event during the Spring 2016 semester to earn your certificate of completion.
      • You will only be afforded free membership if you are under 25 but will be expected to participate in at least two events during the semester (rather than the one expected of those who have paid for membership).
  • The opportunity to be mentored by a senior Washington DC based professional.
      • We will try to match you to senior professionals who share some of your interests. Mentoring can take various forms depending on the nature of your personal and career objectives. At a minimum it will include a resume review but could extend to leads that might lead to potential internships and coaching around a relevant piece of writing that might be included in a professional journal.
  • Completion of at least one extended blog post relevant to a topic discussed in the session  (500-700 words). 

Eligibility

UNA-NCA Fellows are enrolled graduate students in the participating semester at one of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area studying international affairs, trade, development, or a related discipline. 

The 15 Consortium Schools are:
  • American University
  • The Catholic University of America
  • Gallaudet University
  • Georgetown University
  • George Mason University
  • The George Washington University
  • Howard University
  • Johns Hopkins University / SAIS
  • Marymount University
  • National Defense University
  • National Intelligence University
  • Trinity Washington University
  • University of Baltimore
  • University of the District of Columbia
  • University of Maryland, College Park

 

Seminars

UNA-NCA Fellows are required to attend the series of seminars. The seminars will be on the challenges and opportunities facing the UN system and will cover many topics of contemporary importance. Prominent experts and officials will be included as guest speakers. Past seminars have featured notable experts such as: Dr. William Durch, former Project Director of the UN Panel on UN Peace Operations; Salih Booker, Executive Director, Global Rights; Dr. Desmond Birmingham, Head, Fast Track Initiative Secretariat, World Bank; Edward Elmendorf, former US Foreign Service Mission advisor; Frank Vogl, co-founder, Transparency International; and Diana Wells, Co-President, Ashoka. 

Certificate of Accomplishment 

Those who complete the program by participating in the seminar series and completing their internships will be awarded a certificate by the UNA-NCA. 
 

Selection Process/Timetable

The UNA-NCA Fellows selection will be based upon the application and, for those under final consideration, a personal interview with a member of the UNA-NCA Fellows Board. Instructions for scheduling this interview will be available when each Fellow is contacted.

Dr. Laurence Peters
United Nations Association of the National Capital Area
2000 P Street NW, Suite 630, Washington, DC 20036
Phone 202-223-6092 Fax 202- 223-6096
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