Jane Lee describes her experience as an intern for United Nations Academic Impact in the Department of Global Communications:
In 2013 when I visited the United Nations as a tourist, I dreamed of wearing that blue ground pass and working there. When I studied political science as an undergraduate student, I was particularly interested in analyzing the complex dynamics of international security. Then through my Master programme I expanded my interest in studying political science with a focus on comparative politics. All these experiences inspired me to apply for the internship at United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI).
The UNAI Disarmament Education interview series that I helped develop promotes the importance of peace, disarmament and non-proliferation education for youth. 2019 has witnessed the power of young people as they marched in the streets and raised voice for urgent climate action. However, less people know that we can also be engaged in disarmament issues through actions in our daily lives. With the articles in the series I want to highlight the role of education as a fundamental part of disarmament and show how the UN is working to inspire youth to become part of this important process.
I want to say thank you to my team for their support. The six-month internship changed my view on many things. For example, as I vividly felt the impact of climate change on human life, I try to stop using plastic products. I was also happy to be part of the UN events that I dreamed of working on. More importantly, I learned what I really want to do. I will keep trying to raise awareness of disarmament education wherever I go in the future.
I wish to end this article with a message to all the readers – Don’t underestimate yourself! Young people often hesitate to take a challenge when they are not sure if they can do it. Everyone is special in their own ways. Believe in yourself!