Careers with the United Nations
Wilkinson College Graduate Student Workshop
LOCATION CHANGED TO SMITH 101
Wednesday September 11, 2019 4-6:50PM
Getting Into the UN
With more than 30 specialized agencies, funds and programs spread all over the world, the UN System is large, complex and often confusing. Finding your way to a career within the UN can seem even more overwhelming. This workshop outlines the main ways to become a UN intern, consultant or staff member, with a few tips from someone who’s been all three.
After interning as a speechwriter for former Secretary-General Kofi Annan in New York, Thomas joined the United Nations as an information officer for peace and security issues. In this role, he travelled to conflict zones on the African continent and covered hostilities in the Middle East. As a political officer, he focused especially on conflict prevention and counter-terrorism initiatives in Central Asia and the Sahel region, as well as on the UN’s cooperation with regional organizations.
His later work as a communications consultant has included assignments for the UN and NGOs, as well as counseling corporations on crisis management. He was previously Director of International Affairs at the University of Chicago’s Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies. Born and raised in Norway, Thomas is a graduate of the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po).