-Katherine Lawton and Tara Duprey
In its second year, GW UN 360 program provided 21 GW students with a unique opportunity to learn about the work of the United Nations (UN) and its partner organizations through a series of site visits and events. The students were selected from a competitive pool of nearly 200 applicants and represented academic backgrounds which ranged from undergraduate students majoring in speech, language and hearing, psychology, international affairs, and public health to graduate students studying security policy, global health, and education.
The program aims to provide a 360-degree view of how these organizations ‘get the work done’ as well as uncover the skills required to be competitive for positions within these organizations. Under the leadership of the Center for Career Services staff and GW faculty member Lisa Benton-Short, the cohort learned about how different organizations work toward achieving the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which address global topics ranging from hunger, health and gender to climate change, peace and education.
This fall semester while in D.C., the cohort visited the UN Foundation, World Food Program, USAID, UNICEF USA, and the World Bank. During GW's fall break, the cohort traveled to New York City and met with professionals at UN Headquarters. The cohort also had the opportunity to network with alumni and professionals supporting the SDGs during a culminating reception held in November at the UN Foundation in DC.
Students in the cohort felt the opportunity to be a part of GW UN 360° made a meaningful impact on them as they navigate their possible career next-steps, with 100% of the students reporting that this program met their expectations.