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"A good place to intern, depending on the department"

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  • Senior Management
Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
Neutral Outlook

I worked at United Nations Foundation as an intern (Less than a year)

Pros

UN Foundation has a lot going for it in terms of the intern experiece:
Many opportunities to make substantive contributions.
Variety of projects
Company/Intern Bonding and Service Projects
Good connections, friendly and supportive colleagues.
PAID!

Cons

Very top-down structure, especially in decision making. Employee vs. Executive vision occasionally seemed to clash.
Corporate atmosphere, especially for a non-profit

Advice to Management

Keep a more watchful eye on organizational culture.

Other Employee Reviews for United Nations Foundation

  1. Helpful (2)

    "great place to work, good career launch pad"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    Pros

    a very idealistic and enthusiastic workforce, well funded with many side perks (amazing happy hours, etc.). Several very interesting campaigns, and employees are generally very well educated and very nice.

    Cons

    some concerns about long-term sustainability after the end of Ted Turner's contributions; the shift from substantive work towards more campaign & fundraising efforts means the focus of the organization is shifting (this could be good or bad depending on your perspective). There is a culture of having a bit too much money to work with - problems are often addressed by throwing cash at them, rather than creative problem solving under fiscal constraints (although, the flipside would likely be much worse)

    Advice to Management

    The leadership is generally very supportive, however there is a definite sense of disconnect between realities on the ground and what the management seems to understand. There is definitely preferential treatment for different campaigns; but this seems to manifest less in bold leadership and more in slightly passive aggressive (and not entirely transparent) management. Also, the environment is a bit corporate - it would be nice to relax a little bit; might be able to attract more issue-oriented people that way who would otherwise be turned off by working at a place resembling a wall street bank.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "The best job in the best organization"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends

    Pros

    The UN foundation is an amazing place, working daily with these people is indeed a privilege.
    I have worked in a few non-profits and other organizations and these guys do it right. The atmosphere is buzzing with good energy and the results these guys achieve are amazing.

    Cons

    Fast paced, make sure you can keep up!

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