From Left: Beth Blissman, Mary Louise Pabello, Catherine Gabriel

Since the early days of its presence here at the United Nations, the Loretto at the UN office has greatly enjoyed the opportunity to host several types of volunteers.

The Loretto Volunteer program offers a significant (one year full-time) pathway for those committed to peace and justice, and participants have assisted the office greatly by representing Loretto in NGO committees and/or at conferences, writing articles to share knowledge and experience with the Loretto Community and beyond, helping host visitors and by assisting in the various tasks of the office. It is an excellent way to build skills in diplomacy, nonprofit management, grassroots education and faith-based organizing.

Loretto Volunteers are provided with room and board in New York City, as well as opportunities for community building and reflection throughout the year.

Learn more about the Loretto Volunteer program here: Loretto Volunteers

Short term summer or academic year internships are also available on an as-needed basis if students or recent graduates have skills that are valuable to the work of the office. These internships are typically unpaid, although sometimes transportation assistance is available.

For more information about short-term summer or academic year internships, please send a resume and letter of interest to:
Beth Blissman, Loretto United Nations Representative

The Work of an Intern:

Here are some examples of past responsibilities and tasks of our interns:

  • Attend and participate in NGO committee meetings (including subcommittees, working groups, and task forces) and UN meetings or fora as needed to learn about the UN and represent the Loretto Community.
  • Update the Loretto at the UN website.
  • Contribute to social media and newsletters as needed.
  • Work closely with the Loretto Community UN Rep to plan/implement workshops, presentations, and other collaborative activities.
  • Edit and produce educational videos about the history of Loretto at the UN.