Each year, thanks to the Fiona Watson Memorial Fund, a student from the University is supported to undertake an internship with the United Nations in New York. This is now the seventh year that the fund has supported a student in this way.
This year the lucky student is Kate Rougvie who has just graduated with an honours degree in Interpreting and Translating (French and Spanish). From an early age Kate has been fascinated by languages and foreign cultures and has spent time as a volunteer English teacher in a small village in India and as a teaching assistant in a Spanish primary school. Kate has said that she would like to work in the field of Human Rights, with particular focus on refugees. Her internship should help her towards this goal, she leaves for the UN in August.
Fiona Watson, Political Adviser to the Special Representative of the Secretary General, Sergio Viera de Mello, was one of the 22 peacekeepers killed in a terrorist attack on the UN headquarters in Baghdad on Tuesday 19th August 2003.
Find out more about the Fiona Watson Memorial Fund, including how to contribute and the reports of previous interns.