In the past our interns have been involved in various divisions at the WFP. The Official Development Assistance service is research oriented, while other services are concerned with the logistics of food distribution. Work done by the Emergency Preparedness and Response Unit is mainly concerned with the logistics of delivering food aid. The Nutrition Service: Policy, Strategy and Programme Support Division (PDPN), instead, is more focused on research and producing correlations between social parameters and nutritional issues. An internship with Policy Strategy and Programmed Support Division (PDPE) involved the collection and analysis of economic and social data, participation in on-going projects concerned with improving indicators linking economic environment/food aid with nutrition/health (inequalities, trends, country clusters), and assessing the economic and social impact of NW operations.
"The work of an intern so easily can get lost in the grand scheme of the organization that one feels like they have not contributed anything meaningful. That is not at all the case at WFP where they have done a great job of involving me and making the work I do feel valued. That it is in Rome, with all its history, culture, vibrancy, and food — the entire mise en scène — makes this semester the defining experience of my academic career." Andrei Parvan, CIPA student, WFP intern
Food and Agricultural Organization
Students have interned with the Research and Extension Division of the Natural Resources Management and Environment Department. This proved to be an exciting experience, involving considerable research and intellectual work. One student was interested in water scarcity and was placed with the coordinator of the U.N. led project on Water Scarcity at the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) in Rome.
Land and Water Division of the Natural Resources Management and Environment Department
Global Information and Early Warning System Service, Commodities and Trade Division
"My initial project at FAO was the development of methodology for the measurement of essential climate variables, which will be submitted to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and then disseminated among the range of research institutes, networks, and agencies that monitor climate change. Sophie Mintier, FAO intern
International Development Law Organization
"During my first week as an intern at the International Development Law Organization, I attended a policy dialogue with the government of Sudan and the United Nations Organization of Drugs and Crime. The internship has provided exciting professional opportunities that have facilitated my understanding of international law."—Derrick Clarke, CIPA student, IDLO intern
Foreign Trade Office
City of Rome
Department of Civil Protection
Department XIX – Sustainable Growth and Periphery
Student interns worked with Rome’s most prominent expert on participatory planning, analyzing projects for the development of a peripheral area characterized by the high incidence of public housing. The internship involved working with various divisions of the City of Rome and gathering material needed to make a public presentation on possible outcomes different approaches to local development.
"I'm doing neighborhood and public participation research. I am working with my adviser to generate an options report regarding ways the cittadini locali can be involved in the planning process for neighborhood redevelopment. My end product will be a presentation given to stakeholders and municipal government employees." Joshua Lathan, M.R.P. student, City of Rome intern