This past summer I worked with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in Geneva, Switzerland. As an intern in the Transportation Division of the UNECE, I was tasked with creating the materials for an international road safety conference hosted by the Serbian government in November 2014. In particular, I wrote individual country profile reports on the government structures used by select UNECE countries to manage the various policy dimensions of road safety, including infrastructure development, road maintenance, vehicle research and development, licensing, registration and driving regulations. European governments seeking to decrease the number of road fatalities and serious injuries will use these materials to inform policy changes.
In addition to the research and editing work I completed this summer, I collaborated with my colleagues to organize working meetings on road safety, during which international delegations negotiated agreements on global transport programs. Working at the Palace of Nations also allowed me to attend events on international development and current events, including a talk by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the future of the UN, and a special session of the UN Human Rights Council. On a whole, my internship was a tremendous lesson in multiculturalism, diplomacy and international relations, as well as an immensely instructive opportunity to increase my own analytical research skills.