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On Internship, UN Tells ICP "Details Amended on Web," Foot Still In, RFK Center?

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, May 6 -- On the internship at the UN being auctioned off, now for $26,000, Inner City Press asked again on May 6. UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky replied that "the details of the internship in question have been amended on the website."

  Inner City Press, have looked at the slightly amended ad, asked if the "foot in the door" still referred to meant only a foot in the door of the NGO, or of the UN system.

  We await an answer to this question, which we have posed to the listed spokespeople for, the RFK Young Leaders as well as the wider RFK Center, in which at least one Security Council mission may have an interest.

Inner City Press asked the French Mission to the UN to comment on the auction of an internship at the UN. Mission spokesman Guillaume Dabouis came out of the Security Council to say he had no comment. (Another question asked has not yet been responded to.)

It is understood, however and to France's credit, that it PAYS its interns, and only selects them through them a human resources process, not an auction. Others have been asked.

Here is the ad of what's being auctioned, as of noon and 4:30 pm in New York on May 6:

Lot Details

Take advantage of this exclusive opportunity for a 6-week internship in NYC working for Bruce Knotts, Chair of the UN-NGO Committee on Human Rights.

You will gain inside knowledge of just how the UN really operates and have tremendous opportunities to make invaluable connections. This truly is the ultimate internship opportunity for any college or graduate student looking to get their foot in the door!

Requirements for the internship:

An interest in Human Rights/Climate Change

Proficient in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint

Strong writing skills

Must be willing to take initiative and be pro-active

Able to provide a resume

Proceeds benefit RFK Young Leaders.

   Wag: What? Pay $26,000 and still have to provide a resume??

  It has been suggested the UN could not let in or otherwise vet the person on whose behalf $26,000 is paid. Nesirky did not yet answer this Inner City Press question.

    It seems strange, particularly in light of Buzz that the RFK Center may not be the true beneficiary of the auction, that so far the only response to multiple inquires to Sierra Ewert and then Meaghan E. Baron from the the RFK side has been this:

From: RFK Info info [at]
Date: Mon, May 6, 2013 at 3:04 PM
Re: [Second] Press Q on deadline for comment on the [modified?] auctioning off of an internship at the UN, thanks
To: Matthew Russell Lee [at] InnerCityPress [dot] com

Thank you for contacting the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. A representaive from the Center will contact you once he or she receives your inquiry. Thank you again and have a great day.

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