The Opportunity

St. Thomas students and recent alumni have a unique opportunity to work at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. As interns to the Permanent Observer of the Holy See (the Vatican), the interns will act as staff to the members of the mission and perform responsibilities such as monitoring the actions of U.N. bodies and representing the Holy See in various meetings.

Two internships are available, and both will run from early September to the end of December. Each intern will receive a stipend of $800 per month, and the university will assist students with living arrangements; however, travel to and from the internship is the intern’s responsibility. Students may apply regardless of academic major, subject to the qualifications listed below. All students filling this internship should:

  • Be a senior, graduate student or recent graduate of St. Thomas
  • Have a strong academic record
  • Have a demonstrated knowledge of and interest in international politics, economics or law
  • Be of good moral character and informed in Catholic social teaching

Selection Process

Applications must be completed by Feb. 5, 2014, for the internships beginning Sept. 1, 2014. The applicant should submit a resume and a 500- to 1,000-word letter expressing interest in the position and highlighting qualifications for it. Each applicant should provide official transcripts of all undergraduate- and graduate-level academic work from all institutions attended; this includes transfer, as well as St. Thomas course work.

The applicant should also arrange for three letters of recommendation, including at least two from St. Thomas faculty members. Please have all application materials sent to Dr. Susan Alexander, AQU 102.

Selection of the interns will be directed by a committee of faculty and administrators at the university. Finalists will be contacted by March 5. All finalists should expect to be interviewed by the selection committee and by His Excellency, Archbishop Francis Chulikatt, Permanent Observer of the Holy See at the United Nations.