Kahane United Nations Program

The Kahane Fund supports United Nations-focused programming both in New York and Los Angeles.

Its flagship program is the unique Kahane Oxy-at-the-U.N. Program. Each fall a select group of Occidental students move to New York City to conduct high-level internships at United Nations agencies, country missions (government offices) and related non-governmental organizations. Placements are complemented by academic seminars which engage a range of distinguished guest speakers.

The Kahane Program is equally dedicated to bringing the United Nations to Oxy’s Los Angeles campus. Each spring United Nations Week includes a wide variety of on-campus eventsincluding prominent speakers, academic workshops and multi-media presentations. The Kahane Fund enriches how Occidental students can engage with the United Nations and, more broadly, the global community.

For more information about Kahane-sponsored programming, please explore the links on the sidebar menu. For the student perspective of the program, read blog posts from 2017, 2019, and 2020.

News: New Director Welcomed

Mia Thiagarajan headshot inside the UN building in NYC

One highlight of my work was researching how Artificial Intelligence can streamline work in UN spaces. I coordinated with colleagues in London and New York to discover how AI can accelerate progress for peace and diplomacy and co-pioneered the development of an AI demo within the Mission.

Mia Thiagarajan ’24
Kahane UN Program participant

Oxy at the United Nations

A new cohort of Oxy students heads to New York City each fall, interning full-time at United Nations agencies, country missions or UN-focused NGOs. Throughout the semester they shared updates about their professional development.
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