A student talks about his summer internship with Nonviolence International.

Working at Nonviolence International

Christopher Dajer (in center wearing purple shirt.)

Christopher Dajer (in center wearing purple shirt.)

I began my internship with Nonviolence International at the beginning of the summer. Nonviolence International is an NGO that has special consultative status at the United Nations, and in that capacity it works primarily on four issues: Middle East peace, African solidarity, disarmament, and civil society-UN relations in general.

My work began with outreach to grassroots disarmament groups across the country: first, helping them come together at the People’s Climate March, which took place on September 21; introducing them to two large grassroots networks helping organize the March (United for Peace and Justice and Peace-Action); and then introducing them to two large international coalitions of NGOs in consultative relationship with the United Nations (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons and Abolish 2000), in hopes that increasing membership in these coalitions would increase the strength of civil society at the UN, put greater pressure on the member-nations to follow through on their promises concerning disarmament, and make more readily available the high quality materials produced by these coalitions to educate and motivate member-nations in their efforts to educate the public about disarmament as well as increase their membership and fund-raising dollars.

Christopher is pictured third from left.

Christopher is pictured third from left.

This organization has been a strong motivation to me with the work they have accomplished and the work we are still trying to complete. The opportunity to not only work with great people and learn about the pressing issues of the day, but also to help improve the United Nations and participate in its outreach has inspired me to do more and work hard for the betterment of such an important organization and its mission.

I found this internship through a volunteer listing website called, which put me in touch with David Kirshbaum, NYC Director of Nonviolence International, to set up an interview for the position. The application process was simple and quick (bring your resume and a writing sample) and has resulted in wonderful work both directly in the UN and in the community.

This piece appeared in the Political Science Newsletter Fall 2014 edition.

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