Rotary Supporting UN Intern
Cassie Shih from Tawa was selected to take up an unpaid internship with the UN Mission based in New York for four months starting in April 2014. The UN Mission only takes one or two interns at a time.
Cassie approached Tawa Rotary seeking assistance. Past District Governor Tony Fryer referred Cassie while she was working at the British High Commission as the Political/Economic Team intern.
Tawa Rotary has contributed some funding to assist Cassie’s unpaid internship. This opportunity helps her development as a potential community leader, and noting the internship is particularly relevant to Rotary International’s focus on contributing to international humanitarian development.
Cassie has sent Tawa Rotary a letter on completing her internship:
Dear Tawa Rotary,
My time in New York City has been an eye opening experience, filled with the opportunity to meet new people from all walks of life and from all corners of the globe. The issues I’ve heard discussed have been no less interesting, with different views on morality, economy, and equality debated in the chambers of the United Nations as well as on the city streets. New York City is one of the most diverse cities in the US and I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to live among so many vibrant cultures and languages.
A big factor in my enjoyment of my internship at the New Zealand Mission to the UN has been the friendliness of the Mission staff, who do New Zealand proud through the hard work they put in bringing our values and voice to the international stage. Coming to work was exciting because the topics I could be asked to cover ranges from climate change to counter-terrorism finance to UN Security Council reform. Now that I’ve had a taste of ‘diplomacy in action’, I feel even more strongly that, for all its flaws and frustrations, having a forum where countries can get together to discuss where we want to go and how we want to get there is what makes international development possible.
The friendships I’ve made and lessons I’ve learnt will stay with me long after I leave the US and I want to thank Tawa Rotary for supporting me in this fantastic experience.