August 23, 2012
Oregon Law master’s degree student to intern at UN
Asheri Ngah, a Fulbright scholar and Cameroonian master's degree student in the University of Oregon School of Law's graduate program in conflict and dispute resolution, recently was accepted as an intern with the United Nations' Democratic Governance Group. She will serve with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) office in New York City from August through the end of the year.
Ngah applied for the internship after developing a keen interest in collaborative governance, as a result of taking an Environmental Conflict Resolution class.
"I sought to expand my knowledge in this area," explained Ngah. "The UN presented a huge opportunity in respect to providing data and a broad perspective of democratic processes and practices. I wanted to be able to benefit from this rich bank of resources."
Her duties during the internship will include supporting the UN's Democratic Governance Group; this group aims to build effective and capable states that are accountable, inclusive and responsive. It strives for states to develop election systems and helps women and the poor participate in government.
She will maintain a large wealth of information in the areas of anti-corruption and civic engagement, just to name a few. Ngah also will complete in-depth research on topics related to local and democratic governance, while being exposed to the latest developments in her field.
Ngah shared, "I am very excited. I have a huge interest in collaboration as a tool of conflict resolution for the enhancement of Human Rights. The UN has a global presence and works with people of a wide variety of cultures and backgrounds. I look forward to seeing how they function with a democratic agenda especially with the intricacies of cultural diversity."
Ngah hopes to gain practical experience in her field of interest and looks forward to her academic development. She also anticipates growth as a person, gaining confidence and courage in her life.
"I am looking forward to having a full cultural immersion as part of my Fulbright experience here in the U.S. I will be going with an open mind and embrace the opportunities as they come my way," she said.