Become a Youth Representative to the UN for the WNBA!

Women’s National Book Association
UN Department of Public Information/Non-governmental Organization
Youth Outreach

To support an increase in youth participation at the UN, the DPI/NGO Relations Section now offers several new opportunities for young people to get involved. Beginning last fall (2011), two youth representatives (18 to 24 years old) have been added to each official NGO-accredited representation. They can attend weekly NGO Briefings and Communications Workshops, partake in the UN DPI/NGO Annual Conference, and become a member of the DPI/NGO Conference Planning Committee.

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The Women’s National Book Association is looking to Pace University’s MS in Publishing program to fill one of these positions for the 2012/2013 academic year. This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in learning more about NGOs to gain experience at the UN, as well as a wonderful resume building opportunity.

The designated Youth Representative will be under the supervision of the UN DPI/NGO main representative (Jill A. Tardiff). This position requires a commitment to the motivations of the Association and the UN, as well as excellent organizational skills, self-motivation, and the ability to work well with minimum direct supervision. The main representative and/or NY-based alternate representative will meet with the intern in person intermittently, and will be available by phone and e-mail. Attendance at monthly WNBA-NYC board meetings is highly recommended. The Youth Representative will receive a membership in the Association (for the duration of the assignment) complete with all related benefits.


October 1 thru December 31, 2012 (or asap); January 1 thru December 31, 2013 (pending approval, DPI/NGO 2012 Annual Review).

Overall duties:

  • Work with the UN DPI/NGO Main Representative and two Alternates on achieving the Association’s mandate “… to support and respect the principles of the Charter of the United Nations and to disseminate information and news about the U.N. in our capacity (advocacy) as a non-consultative non-governmental organization (NGO)” and to actively plan and particpate in UN and UN agency (namely US Fund for UNICEF) programmes and activities.
  • Attend at least one weekly briefing (Thursdays, 10A-12P) per month, provide report.
  • Attend the DPI/NGO Orientation Programme and/or Communications Workshop, provide report.
  • Attend the annual DPI/NGO Conference (usually held in September) when said event is held at the UN HQ. (Please note, there will be no Conference in 2012.)
  • Write one article per calendar year (topic TBD) for The Bookwoman, national publication of the Women’s National Book Association.
  • Write one article (every other issue) for The New York Bookwoman, WNBA-NYC chapter publication.
  • Contribute to the annual WNBA DPI/NGO report (June).
  • Contribute to the UN DPI/NGO Youth Blog.
  • Other duties to be determined.

Application deadline:

Letter of intention with writing sample (non-fiction, 350-500 words) to be sent on/before Monday, September 10, 2012.


Please send your resume and cover letter expressing your interest in this position to Professor Jane Kinney-Denning at