This week, Martin Slawek ’11 began an internship at the Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security in New York City. The committee, which is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), is an official liaison to the United Nations.
“As an international relations major, I look at this internship as a great way to get my foot in the door at the United Nations,” says Slawek.
For more than 30 years the committee has acted as a representative for hundreds of private citizen groups that are interested in disarmament, as well as publishing its own newspaper and organizing a variety of conferences. Working with both domestic and international interests, the committee is responsible for informing many other NGOs around the world on the status of ongoing negotiations at the UN.
During the internship, Slawek will research various types of weapons, from small arms to nuclear missiles. He also will conduct research on disarmament and will have access to the extensive international UN library. In addition, he will attend meetings at the UN whenever the committee is present for deliberations.
An International Relations and Asian Languages and Cultures double major, Slawek studied abroad in Beijing, China last fall. He is also a member of Chi Phi and the fraternity’s executive board.