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April 16, 2012

Graduate student earns U.N. internship

Kate Coy to work for United Nations Ombudsman and Mediation Services

The United Nations Ombudsman and Mediation Services recently awarded Kate Coy, University of Oregon School of Law graduate student in Conflict and Dispute Resolution (CRES), an internship in the Office of the Ombudsman. Out of 191 applicants, Coy received one of the four internship positions.

The U.N. Ombudsman and Mediation Services office handles disputes between employees at the U.N. Coy reports to the lead mediator, Deborah Mendez, who handles the cases that are best solved with a mediationapproach.

Before applying to the internship, Coy used her Oregon Law resources. She received advice and help from faculty and staff. Coy explains, “I would have never gotten this internship without the support of my amazing CRES team.” From general internship guidance to creating the perfect “CRESume,” faculty always were available, according to Coy.

Kate Coy

Kate Coy

In general, Coy’s responsibilities are grounded in supporting the entire office. She explains, “I wear a lot of hats and basically just do what needs to be done.” More specifically, a majority of Coy’s duties are concentrated in the mediation process. Within her first week interning, Coy assisted with all components of the mediation process like case development, agreement writing and follow up.

During the internship, Coy has the opportunity to learn about all facets of the U.N. system. As a U.N. intern, Coy can be a part of a variety of U.N. events such as attending General Assembly sessions and attending private meetings that are only open to U.N. staff.

Ultimately, Coy hopes to gain a new perspective on mediation and an introduction to ombudsman work. Beyond her work, Coy enjoys having access to the entire U.N. grounds. She describes her workplace as “international territory in the middle of New York.” As Coy is surrounded by avariety of cultures, she hopes to improve her intercultural communication and her language abilities in Spanish and French.

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