2017 UNA-NCA Fellows from EPGA

Congratulations to our very own Amira Noeuv and Blessing Ikpa for being awarded the United Nations Association-National Capitol Area Spring 2017 Graduate Fellowship (UNA-NCA)! SEPGA is so proud of you both! #UNADCAFellowship#AUbestandbrightest #UnitedNations#EPGAGirlsRock 

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Background

The United Nations Association of the National Capital Area provides an opportunity for Washington area graduate students interested in international affairs, development, trade, finance, and related disciplines to explore the role of the United Nations within the context of modern global affairs and other international organizations. The UNA-NCA Fellows Program offers participants the chance to build strong professional and academic skills through relevant internship experiences and a series of 10 seminars on global issues and the United Nations.

Since it was initiated in 1991 by officials of the UNA-NCA, with the mission of bringing together the resources of the organization and the 15 members of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area, the program has involved over 500 students and 40 international organizations. UNA-NCA’s access to the United Nations system of agencies and a diverse range of professional relationships has helped make this program one of the most successful UNA program in the country.

Components of the UNA-NCA Fellows Program

  •  A 10 session seminar program focusing on pertinent current issues facing the United Nations system, including reform challenges, and featuring leading figures working on those issues.
  • Membership in the UNA-NCA Young Professionals Program which includes invitations to networking events. You must attend at least one UNA-NCA sponsored event during the Spring 2016 semester to earn your certificate of completion.
      • You will only be afforded free membership if you are under 25 but will be expected to participate in at least two events during the semester (rather than the one expected of those who have paid for membership).
  • The opportunity to be mentored by a senior Washington DC based professional.
      • We will try to match you to senior professionals who share some of your interests. Mentoring can take various forms depending on the nature of your personal and career objectives. At a minimum it will include a resume review but could extend to leads that might lead to potential internships and coaching around a relevant piece of writing that might be included in a professional journal.
  • Completion of at least one extended blog post relevant to a topic discussed in the session  (500-700 words).

Seminars

UNA-NCA Fellows are required to attend the series of seminars. The seminars will be on the challenges and opportunities facing the UN system and will cover many topics of contemporary importance. Prominent experts and officials will be included as guest speakers. Past seminars have featured notable experts such as: Dr. William Durch, former Project Director of the UN Panel on UN Peace Operations; Salih Booker, Executive Director, Global Rights; Dr. Desmond Birmingham, Head, Fast Track Initiative Secretariat, World Bank; Edward Elmendorf, former US Foreign Service Mission advisor; Frank Vogl, co-founder, Transparency International; and Diana Wells, Co-President, Ashoka.

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