Seton Hall University Summer Program Offers Intensive Study of United Nations

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UN Association of the USA teams with school to offer in-depth course to individuals interested in international relations


The intensive Summer Study Program is a robust and in-depth look at the system of the UN that provides its participants with a realistic insider’s view of the international body from multiple angles.

The United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) announced its partnership with Seton Hall University to give advanced undergraduate and graduate students the chance to engross themselves in the political dynamics of the United Nations. Since 2001, the United Nations Intensive Summer Program has familiarized students with the inner-workings of the UN by bringing them together with distinguished practitioners working in the field of multilateral diplomacy.

“The UNA-USA and Seton Hall Summer Study program offers today’s undergraduate and graduate students interested in international affairs an opportunity to take their learning to the next level,” said UNA-USA Executive Director Patrick Madden. “Offering this hands-on experience is one of the many ways that UNA-USA is working to connect younger generations with the work of the United Nations.”

In the program, participants attend sessions at UN Headquarters, such as meetings of the UN Security Council, as well as briefings at UNA-USA. Directed by John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations Associate Dean Courtney Smith and United Nations Foundation Public Policy Director Minh-Thu Pham, the program is structured around a series of seminars led by UN officials and representatives of governments and civil society on a range of global issues currently on the UN agenda. Key topics have included: peacekeeping and disarmament; human rights and refugees; the status of women and children; member state policies toward the UN; the role of civil society and the private sector at the UN; UN reform; and the environment.    

“The intensive Summer Study Program is a robust and in-depth look at the system of the UN that provides its participants with a realistic insider’s view of the international body from multiple angles,” said Benjamin Stipe, a program alum and member of UNA-USA’s Connecticut Chapter.

Students can take the course for credit and earn three semester credit hours from Seton Hall. Successful completion of the program results in a certificate from the Whitehead School. Prior to the beginning of the course, participants do readings and a short paper; students attending for credit must also keep a journal documenting their reactions to the briefings and submit a research paper one month prior to the program ending.

The application deadline is April 1, 2013. Students will be notified of their status by April 15, 2013. For more information and to apply, please visit

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The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) is a membership organization dedicated to inform, inspire, and mobilize the American people to support the ideals and vital work of the United Nations. For 70 years, UNA-USA has worked to accomplish its mission through its national network of Chapters, youth engagement, advocacy efforts, education programs, and public events. UNA-USA is a program of the United Nations Foundation. UNA-USA and its sister organization the Better World Campaign represent the single largest network of advocates and supporters of the United Nations in the world. Learn more about UNA-USA’s programs and initiatives at

The John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations prepares students from around the world to become leaders in a global society. Its innovative graduate and undergraduate programs provide students with the critical skills and knowledge needed for international careers in public service, business, law and the nonprofit sector. Through a unique alliance with the United Nations Association of the United States of America and the United Nations Foundation, students are exposed to today's leaders and policymakers while experiencing diplomacy at work.

Students come together from throughout the United States and nearly 20 countries to participate in a multidisciplinary curriculum that emphasizes global studies, multilateral diplomacy, conflict resolution, international economics and leadership. A distinguished faculty of scholars and professionals bring cutting-edge theory and practical perspectives to the classroom. With a growing network of alumni working in the field of international affairs, the School is strengthening international institutions by contributing well-prepared and talented diplomatic professionals. For more information, visit

For more than 150 years, Seton Hall University has been a catalyst for leadership, developing the whole student: mind, heart and spirit. Seton Hall combines the resources of a large university with the personal attention of a small liberal arts college. Its attractive suburban campus is only 14 miles to New York City, with the wealth of employment, internship, cultural and entertainment opportunities the city offers. Seton Hall is a Catholic university that embraces students of all races and religions, challenging each to better the world through integrity, compassion and a commitment to serving others. For more information, see

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