My name is Lamprini Basdeki, and I have been a passionate and dedicated MUNer since 2009. I have always been a person that was fascinated by the way international organizations function, as well as by the way international law is implemented in the modern reality.
recently completed an internship at the Permanent Mission of Greece in the
United Nations, where I was employed for a period of four months. The reason I decided to be trained there was that through the
Mission of Greece I would get the chance to represent my own country in a
global environment and to see in practice all the theory that I experienced
both at the University, but also in simulations such as Model United Nations.
In addition, since I love travelling, this would be the ideal chance for me to
travel overseas and meet different cultures and people throughout the time of
Each and every person that is involved with MUNs probably dreams a career within the international sphere, whether that is the career of a diplomat, or of a UN employee, or of a peacekeeper or of a project manager and so on. All of us at the stage of MUNs though wonder what exactly is happening in the United Nations and how close the simulation level is to the reality. Again, this depends on the nature of the internship and on which part of the United Nations it takes place. My personal experience has been great, and I hope it will cover a number of questions that many of the readers, future interns and UN career seekers like you will possibly have.
To start with the working level, I was interacting on a daily basis with people from the political sphere from all countries, something that significantly improved my communication and networking skills. My workplace consisted of three buildings, which are very close to each other: the European Union (EU) delegation, the Permanent Mission of Greece, and the United Nations Headquarters. Throughout my day, I usually visit all three buildings and I experience an environment that is professional and strict, but at the same time very friendly. In those buildings I can say I learned how to cooperate and work in an international environment, as well as to use different languages in my daily conversations (English, French, Greek and sometimes Spanish). At the same time, I gained extensive knowledge on my country’s policies and priorities within the Committees I was assigned at (Security Council and DISEC), which is something that I felt privileged to know first and before everyone else. By ending the internship I came to the realization that the United Nations has been a great school by all means – I can not think of a better organization to work for and from which I could get a direct glimpse of the real world and how it is functioning.
Was it worth it? Totally! I am certain that this internship made me a more mature and responsible person, while at the same time it is surely going to be of great help throughout my career. United Nations is an organization that is internationally recognized, so in whichever country I decide to be employed after I complete my studies, I feel that this particular experience is going to be the most important part of my CV.
And how did MUNs prepare me
for the experience in the United Nations? It is thanks to my participation to these
conferences that I got a first idea of what happens in the organization, while
being surrounded by students and being around a familiar environment. These
conferences granted me the values of team spirit, cooperation, public speaking,
organization and multiculturalism. It is thanks to them that I was even considered for a selection in the team of Greek interns. By participating in them, I also knew how
the Committees and relevant UN Councils were functioning, the voting procedure
and the negotiation process, without having anything as I surprise when I got
And what was the best part? Friends that I made from attending Model UNs turned out to be my co-workers, which made our collaboration easier at all levels!