Two Global Affairs Majors Represent Mason Korea at the United Nations

This summer, two juniors represented Mason Korea at the World Federation of United Nations Association (WFUNA) “College Leaders at the United Nations” program at the UN Headquarters in New York City.  

Kieun Kwon and Yunseong Ahn, both global affairs majors, underwent intensive training starting in May. They were also assigned into student teams before heading out to New York for a week-long experiential learning program in August.

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“All of my teammates were from different universities (Hongik University, Korea University, SUNY Korea, Indiana University, etc.) and we all had different majors, from law to biomedical science,” said Kwon. “Not everyone gets lucky with their teams, but I had an amazing team, which was a good thing because we pulled multiple all-nighters over Zoom and in-person to draft our policy proposal and prepare for our presentation,” she added.

For both students who have a keen interest in a career in international affairs, the WFUNA College Leaders program fueled their drive and motivation.

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“I had the opportunity to present my team’s policy recommendations to UN officials and staff,” said Ahn, who is currently studying at Mason’s Fairfax campus as part of Mason Korea’s undergraduate program. “The whole experience—including the tour of the UN headquarters and the chance to meet officers and interns from different departments at the UN—was eye-opening and extremely helpful in terms of designing my future career,” he added.

“As a global affairs major, I would be lying if I said I didn’t want to work at the UN one day, and this was the closest I came to one of my dreams coming true,” said Kwon, the current Mason Korea Student Council President who also served as the Student Council Events Manager for the WFUNA program. “It was wonderful talking to UN officials and hearing about their work experience, and I also treasure the new friendships I gained,” she added.

To other students who are interested in applying for the program, both students say to simply “go for it.” “It’s not just another line to add to your resume,” said Ahn, adding, “I guarantee that it will be one of the greatest experiences of your entire university experience.”

To learn more about how you can apply for the program and other similar opportunities, please visit Mason Korea’s Career Development Center (CDC) page.

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