Monterey Institute of International Studies

Elena Ilina: Professional Experience at UN Headquarters

Elena Ilina interned at the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs

September 4, 2009 - 12:00am

"Once you mention you are from MIIS – you might get a bow from an Ambassador (it happened to me several times already - unbelievable). People really treat you differently when you mention the school.”

Elena is currently an International Professional Service Semester fellow from the Monterey Institute assigned to the United Nations. She describes her fellowship at the United Nations Headquarters, Office for Disarmament Affairs, Weapons of Mass Destruction Branch.

“The goal of the branch, as well as the office is to provide consulting and information assistance to the High Representative, Secretary General, and the international community in the field of disarmament and non-proliferation. In my two months of internship, I have written notes directly for the Secretary General, assisted at the 1540 Committee and Missile Panel, met with experts and ambassadors in the field, and contributed to the disarmament yearbook. In terms of career goals, I learn what it means to work in an international organization and be an expert. My IPSS experience at WMD helps me understand how decisions are made in the real world and where I want to be in the future.”

Elena also contributes to a blog about non-proliferation and arms control issues for the Saga Foundation.

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