Law Student working with UN Department of Public Information

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La Trobe University logoLaw student Kinta Riches completed an internship earlier this year with the United Nations in the Department of Public Information (DPI).

DPI was established in 1946. According to their website, the purpose of the department is to ‘...actively assist and encourage national information services, educational institutions and other governmental and non-governmental organizations of all kinds interested in spreading information about the United Nations’.

The DPI is currently associated with 1,500 NGOs, and the information links provide the UN with access to a world-wide network for disseminating information.

Asked about her experience, Kinta remarked, ‘I have a strong interest in international law and international relations so to be in the thick of it was a little mind blowing. I had such a varied range of experiences. Working in the Department, one day I found myself rewriting usage agreements for photographs and the next week I was a runner for the press attaché for the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. The following week I worked in a team sorting through documents about terrorism.’

Kinta’s experience was incredibly positive and she is encouraging all La Trobe law students who are interested to apply for this competitive placement. She advises students to ‘put your hand up for anything and everything. As an intern the opportunities are there and you need to make the most of them. The experience was life changing and has enabled me to really focus on the areas of law that I really love.’