|Two Manhattanville Students Gain Experience Interning at the United Nations|
In addition to their classroom work at Manhattanville College Meryl Roux ’14 and Maria Cerro ’15 have been learning about international politics while interning at the United Nations.
Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund (VGIF), a non-governmental organization, which provides small grants for projects which empower females. Part of her internship includes representing the fund at the upcoming Commission on the Status of Women meetings in March.Roux attends meetings and writes reports for the
“I have learned about the internal structure of the United Nations: how it works, who goes, gender related issues, statistics and data, and role empowerment for women,” Roux said.
For her internship Cerro is attending Disarmament and International Security Committee and the Special Political and Decolonization Committee meetings for the Foreign Ministry of Costa Rica and writing press releases for the Permanent Mission of Costa Rica. Her experience at the United Nations has also helped her develop a thesis topic.
“Working on issues of disarmament and listening to other countries’ positions on it, I’ve come to the conclusion that there is indeed a path to zero poverty: investing more in social and economic development and less in war,” Cerro said adding that working at the United Nations has been a dream of hers since she was 12 and first went to a Model U.N.
Cerro also said that she has enjoyed the opportunities to network and meet influential people including the President of Costa Rica and the Ambassador of Colombia, her native country, while interning with the Costa Rican delegates.
Roux has also liked her time with the VGIF and hopes to find a position in a similar field or for another non-governmental organization after her time with the fund is complete. “I would love to have an internship in emergency and disaster relief with the International Refugee Committee.”
Both students are double majoring in Political Science and International Studies.