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11 LIU Post Interns Learn International Peace Relations at UN


Rita Langdon,Associate Provost and Director of Public Relations
C.W. Post Campus,
Long Island University

From left: Raphael Boccella, intern at the International Development Law Organization office; Megumi Nishimura, intern at the Sovereign Hospitaller Order of Malta office; Chen (Felicia) Zang, intern at the South-South News organization; Samir Sidiqi, intern at the South-South News organization, join Professor Oscar De Rojas outside the United Nations.Brookville, N.Y. – Eleven LIU Post political science majors are working with the international community of the United Nations as part of a new internship program led by UN diplomat Oscar De Rojas. Undergraduate and graduate students are earning academic credit as they engage in professional development activities at several UN-sponsored organizations in New York City.

LIU Post students are interning at the Mission of the Caribbean Community to the UN (CARICOM); the Mission of the Sovereign Order of Malta to the UN; the International Catholic Organizations Center at the UN; South-South News Organization at the UN; and the Office of the International Development Law Organization at the UN.

"Students are writing press releases, conducting research and attending meetings with world dignitaries," said de Rojas, an adjunct professor in the Department of Political Science/International Studies at LIU Post in Brookville, N.Y. At the end of the Fall semester, the interns will receive three college credits as they fulfill eight hours a week at their assigned organizations.

Intern Raphael Boccella, an undergraduate student, observes meetings at the Office of the International Development Law Organization at the UN. "This has been an extensive learning experience," he said. In addition to witnessing history first hand, LIU Post students are also in the presence of world leaders. "I’ve stood next to the presidents of dozens of countries including Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, France, and of course the President of the United States," Boccella said.

Interested in economics and security issues, graduate student Megumi Nishimura is an intern at the Mission of the Sovereign Order of Malta to the UN. "This is a great opportunity to learn how other countries confront economic and security issues," Nishimura said. "I can now see how they exchange their ideas and how they find a way to cooperate."

Graduate student Kristina Rinner-Dolinski is reporting to CARICOM, which contributes to the harmonious economic growth and development of its member countries in the Caribbean and promotes economic integration and cooperation among its members.

"I've been able to attend many interesting meetings at the Security Council," said Rinner-Dolinski. "Additionally, observing Ambassador Noel Sinclair, Permanent Representative of CARICOM to the United Nations, has been amazing."

For information about future internship opportunities, contact Prof. de Rojas at (516) 993-9912 or email him at

Posted 12/08/2011

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