3rd Entry

Posted by Sean Chedda at Aug 23, 2017 12:29 PM |
Sadly, I am now nearing the end of my internship and am quite surprised at how quickly all of my time here has flown by.  Wow!

My internship assignment is to the sub-programme for the SPAW Protocol to the Cartagena Convention, so I work on issues related to specially protected areas and wildlife.  This month also marked the globally celebrated World Environment Day (5 June) and World Oceans Day (8 June), so I assisted with the CEP office preparations for the public outreach event related to those.

Challenges faced
Not in an intentional way, but it can still sometimes be a challenge when other staff members forget that interns are here very temporarily and therefore will have a steep learning curve.  This comes into play when CEP employees quickly refer to other organizations only by their acronyms, or to particular UN forms or procedures, or CEO office policies, or to a document location or project logo, or to local resources such as Jamaican agencies or people, etc, that a new intern may not necessarily be familiar with yet.  When in doubt, ask for clarification!

Lessons learnt

The UN provides an opportunity to work in a diverse environment.  No matter where you are based, there are always lots of new ideas and skills to learn, and challenges to overcome!