A week in the life of a New York intern

As part of their McCusker Centre for Citizenship internship, Jessica Vu and Shakira Donovan were front and centre of this year’s Global Citizen Festival in New York and the week of events that surround it. Here’s their account of the amazing experience:

Things have certainly been quite hectic and busy with the week of events. The Global Citizen Festival went really well, and we have all received great feedback. It was such an honour to be able to work with such high level dignitaries and be a part of such a powerful movement!

Global Citizen Live! – Monday 18 September 2017 Global Citizen Live! showcased and supported Global Citizen's 8-million person community of youth advocates, activists, and leaders driving campaigns for impact in their respective communities. The intimate event saw 23 commitments and announcements declared on stage, that totalled over $214 million USD and are set to affect over 215 million lives of the world’s most vulnerable.

Movement Makers – Tuesday 19 September 2017 Movement Makers brought together the best minds in movement building to equip young leaders with invaluable insight to further their own missions. Through a series of dynamic panels, fireside chats and TED style talks, experts from a diversity of fields— ranging across the arts, political, social good, marketing and behavioural science spheres— shared their perspectives with an audience of 500 youth advocates, Global Citizens and other leaders on building movements.

received 10210494453860420 Elizabeth Resch, Shakira & Jess, Global Policy and Advocacy interns at NYU for the Movement Makers event.

Good Food? Stories of how food is helping drive SDG2 and Agenda 2030 – Wednesday 20 September 2017 This event involved a panel discussion around the theme of “Good Food? —Stories of how food is helping drive SDG2 and Agenda 2030.” With advocates ranging from chefs, and even included Australian Ronni Khan, founder of OzHarvest.

Coming Clean for Child Health, Thursday 21 September 2017 Hundreds of guests gathered for a high-level reception, co-hosted by the Australian Government, the Government of Mexico, and Johnson & Johnson, at the Tenement Museum in the Lower East Side of New York City. Speakers included Dr. Tedros Adhanom, Director General of the World Health Organization, Ms. Michelle Muscat, First Lady of Malta, as well as the Hon. Julie Bishop, who announced via video message a US$6M commitment from the Australian Government to establish a Water Innovation Engine.

379D062C-3926-4BE4-9888-5E6918D27A98 Global Policy and Advocacy Team at the Coming Clean for Child Health Event

Global Citizen Festival, 23 September, 2017 The Global Citizen Festival, the centrepiece event helped drive the movement and achieve policy wins and large financial commitments. On the Great Lawn of Central Park, 60,000 fans, plus millions more via broadcast and live stream, along with leading musicians, business leaders, celebrities, politicians, socialites, and other important influencers will join together in the fight to end extreme poverty.

IMG 0119 Jess with Leticia Pfeffer, Senior Manager, Global Policy and Government Affairs, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, and Begoña Lasagabaster, Chief, Leadership and Governance Section of UN Women at the Global Citizen Festival red carpet.

received 10154983105253603 Jessica and Shakira’s names in credits of the Global Citizen Festival live stream

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