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Greetings from Vienna, Austria! My name is Adeline, I am currently a graduate student in the Non-proliferation and Terrorism Studies degree at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, and for the past three months I have interned at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), located in the Vienna International Center. In addition…
At United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), I have been working in the Terrorism Prevention Branch (TPB), focusing specifically on sub-Saharan Africa. Thanks to my French language skills, I work primarily on Western and Central Africa, covering different topics related to criminal justice aspects of terrorism prevention. The main role of TPB is to deliver technical and legislative assistance to Member States to help them in preventing and countering terrorism. As such, most of my work here involves planning and following up on activities held in countries like Mali and Nigeria, on various topics like expanding skills around collecting battlefield evidence, or improving inter-agency cooperation related to the prosecution, rehabilitation, and reintegration of people associated with terrorist groups. Participating in the implementation of these workshops from start to finish definitely helped me develop program management skills, and I got an insider look at how a UN office operates on a daily basis. I’m happy to say that this experience has confirmed my interest in working for an international organization like UNODC after I graduate from MIIS, and internal sessions with HR learning about the UN selection process, as well as UN core values and competencies, will surely help me in future applications.
Participating in the implementation of these workshops from start to finish definitely helped me develop program management skills, and I got an insider look at how a UN office operates on a daily basis.
Beyond my work at TPB, I really appreciated being at the Vienna International Center because it allowed me to connect with peers and colleagues from all the agencies hosted here. I also had the pleasure of meeting several experts who had either studied at MIIS or had been affiliated with the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies. I enjoyed the opportunity to engage with this community and learn more about the practical aspects of the non-proliferation and disarmament fields.
I also had the pleasure of meeting several experts who had either studied at MIIS or had been affiliated with the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies.
It’s been a pleasure to share a bit more about my three-month internship in the Terrorism Prevention Branch of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. I am also very grateful to have received the Experiential Professional Learning award in the context of this internship, which has contributed to supporting my professional development. This internship has been a critical step for me to apply the knowledge and skills learned at MIIS in a hands-on setting, and to engage with challenging and significant topics of international peace and security. This will surely help me return to a UN agency or other international organization once I graduate.