Carol Tojeiro’s path to an internship at the United Nations began when she was a Suffolk junior on a four-day visit to UN headquarters with her government class.
“Everyone we met had multi-cultural backgrounds,” recalls Tojeiro, BA '15, who has lived all over the world and speaks five languages. That visit inspired her to try for a post-graduate position at the UN’s New York complex.
“I was interested in the overall culture of the organization, and, with my background, I thought it would be a good fit,” says Tojeiro. “So I applied for the job, was interviewed, and got accepted.”
Tojeiro works in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations and Field Support. Her tasks range from organizing and evaluating candidate applications and creating monthly reports to shadowing staff officers to learn more about rules, regulations, procedures, and practices. She also is involved in a project focused on the Ebola situation post-outbreak.
International student experiences
While at Suffolk, a Sawyer Business School global travel seminar took Tojeiro— a government major specializing in international relations—to China, where she and her classmates visited businesses in Beijing and Shanghai to learn how they operate and compete in the marketplace.
She also studied abroad for a semester at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, where she was particularly interested in learning about that country’s history and culture.
“By participating in a global leadership program, I became actively involved in the Australian community,” says Tojeiro. “I made significant connections and gained unforgettable experiences. And since I am interested in diplomacy and personal growth, I attended lectures related to those areas. The most memorable lectures were on refugees and professional etiquette.”
Tojeiro came to Suffolk for its international relations and business curriculum, and she said that her coursework prepared her well for the UN internship.
“I gained so much from Suffolk’s large international student body and the study-abroad and cultural programs, which allowed many of us to be exposed to different cultures and learn new languages,” she says.
“Being involved in the Model United Nations program and the United Nations seminar allowed me to learn more about the system and its different entities,” says Tojeiro, who plans to continue her education by pursuing a master’s degree in international relations.
Her long-term goal is to “help make a positive impact and leave my own footprint in the world.”