The Kahane Program supports events related to the United Nations both on campus and across the country. From United Nations Week in February to the Oxy at the UN Program to the wide variety of speakers who visit campus throughout the year, the Kahane Program is dedicated to enriching Occidental students' experiences interacting with a global community and support their passion for international advocacy.
The William and Elizabeth Kahane United Nations Program at Occidental College (Oxy at the UN) complements an intellectual foundation of two academic courses with a demanding full-time internship at UN-related agencies or country missions.
Fall semester only. Fall 2017 dates: Arrive/Depart: TBD
New York City; Manhattan. Generally, internships are located in and around Midtown.
- DWA 401: Human Development Task Force at the United Nations ~ 4 credits
- DWA 402: The United Nations and Conflict Prevention: Actors, Architecture, Tools, Practice ~ 4 credits
- DWA 403: The UN Experience ~ 8 credits
Internship assignment is based on personal qualifications and the needs of organizations. No specific placements are guaranteed.
No portion of Oxy at the United Nations may be taken Credit/No Credit.
Students live in shared double rooms at the 92Y on the upper east side, 3 blocks from Central Park and near local transportation.
The cost of the program is Occidental tuition and shared double room. In Fall 2015, this was $28,592. Students are responsible for paying their own meals and local transportation. Occidental Health Insurance is mandatory for international students. All other students must use your family's insurance or a personal plan only if it covers you in New York.
More than 400 Oxy students have participated in the Kahane Oxy at the U.N. program since it was founded by Professor George Sherry in 1986. Students intern in an agency or related organization to the United Nations or a foreign mission to the U.N., and are firsthand observers of major events on the international agenda. It is a fast-moving experience, challenging students to combine internship responsibilities with the related course work.
Established in 1945, the United Nations continues to deal with the new and ongoing challenges of security and development in the 21st-century context of globalization and unprecedented technological change. While some of the world's population has benefitted from these transformations, parts of the developing world continue to lag behind. The search for ways to narrow this gap is at the heart of the work of the United Nations as students arrive here each fall.
In September 2010, Occidental President Jonathan Veitch announced a $500,000 lead gift from Occidental trustee Bill Kahane '70 and his wife, Elizabeth, toward a permanent endowment for the program. In April 2014, the Kahane's further pledged $5.5 million to endow the program. This generous support not only provides a permanent endowment for the program, it will increase student scholarship support, give students greater access to cultural offerings in New York, support student travel to Washington, D.C., and make it possible to bring U.N. programming back to the Occidental campus.
- Phone: (323) 259-2769
- Fax: (323) 341-4940