La Trobe law student wins UN internship

Erica Dobson

30 April 2009

La Trobe law student secures coveted United Nations internship

Erica Dobson

A law student who is completing her final year of the graduate entry Bachelor of Laws program at La Trobe University, has been awarded a prestigious, competitive internship with the United Nations (UN).

Erica Dobson, from Kew, will travel to the United Nation’s New York branch on Saturday May 9 to work in the Drugs and Crime Unit for a period of three months.

The 26-year-old honours student applied for the competitive internship after speaking to fellow law colleague, Kinta Riches, who returned from a successful two-month graduate fellowship with the UN at the end of 2008.

“I am very honoured and excited to have been selected to undertake the UN internship, as the UN only accepts 200 interns each year, and students apply from diverse academic backgrounds from all over the globe, so I knew there was going to be stiff competition,” said Ms Dobson.

“I am going to be a ‘jack of all trades’ in the Drugs and Crime Unit, having the chance to work with people from a range of offices and departments across the UN. I will be learning about human trafficking, issues such as corruption, international organised crime, drug trafficking and terrorism. I’m hoping this amazing experience will lead to a possible career along the international law path.”

Heather King, Director of the undergraduate law program at La Trobe said: “We are very proud of the fact that in the last year three of our students have been selected for these very rare internships. The graduate fellowships are life-changing and expose interns to unique situations, which will enhance not only their educational experience in the field of international law, but also their life experience.”