Semester on the United Nations
  • Founded in 1962, the Semester on the United Nations is one of Drew University’s signature academic programs.
  • Each fall semester, a group of 20 students travel twice a week to the United Nations to meet members of the U.N. Secretariat, the Member states’ delegations, special agencies or nongovernmental organizations represented at the United Nations. Faculty-led lectures and group discussion typically follow these meetings.
  • The balance of the day is devoted to other projects such as attending various meetings at the United Nations Headquarters, conducting interviews and gathering data for your research project.
  • Interested students can also complete an internship experience in one of the non-governmental groups that work on U.N.-related issues. Learn more here.
  • Many of our majors and minors enhance their academic experience by participating in Drew University’s Semester on Wall Street, Semester on Communications and Media and Semester on Social Impact. They also attend Drew’s Semester in London or complete a semester of study abroad with one of the Center for Global Education’s global partners.

Where Have Our Students Interned in Past Years?

Mercy Global Action US Senate
Organization of American States US House of Representatives
Republican National Committee World Food Programme
International Rescue Committee United Methodist Women
Office of International Trade, US Small Business Administration Human Rights Watch
American Civil Liberties Union in Arizona Peace Boat US
Common Cause New York Council for Foreign Relations
NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security County of Bergen
International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) Morris County Democratic Committee
UN Habitat US Department of Education
United Nations Children’s Fund World Watch Institute
CNN Asia Society
US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants American Action Forum
The Wilson Center The National Organization for Women
International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Christian Community Action, Inc
Published Student Research

Our curriculum gives majors and minors the tools to conduct research. All our majors and minors complete research papers in the upper level seminars and many of them have been able to publish their work in The Drew Review. All published papers are nominated by Drew faculty members and undergo a rigorous peer review process.

  • J. Duran, “Unmanned and Ungoverned: Drones, Post-Human Warfare, and the Implications of Pursuing Military Efficiency at the Cost of Jus in Bello,” volume 8 (2015).
  • M. Day, “Cuando la Justicia Tiene la Lengua Atada: La Barrera Lingüística, el Acceso al Debido Proceso y Personas LEP Durante Procedimientos de Deportación,” vol. 7 (2014).
  • N. Kuruszko, “What Led to the Boom in Private Prisons?” vol. 6 (2013).
  • S. Calderone, “The Effectiveness of the United Nations in the Inclusion of Human Rights in Counter-Terrorism,” vol. 5 (2012).
  • P. Iwaniuk, “The European Union and Russian Energy Monopoly: The Obstacles in Becoming a Foreign Policy Actor,” vol. 3 (2010).
  • D. Etkowitz, Superfund Sites in New Jersey and Associated Public Policy Initiatives, vol. 2 (2009).
  • C. Post, “A Growing Threat to Global Security: What the United Nations is and is Not Doing about Piracy in Somalia,” vol. 2 (2009).
  • B. Shedlock, “Low Rumblings of the Tracks: The Too-Slow Process of Gender Mainstreaming by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR),” vol. 2 (2009).
  • N. Band, “Tangled Up in Blue (Tape): The Overlapping Responsibilities of the International Court of Justice and the United Nations Security Council,” vol. 1 (2008).
  • K. Petrelius, “Democratization in the Congo: A Lost Cause or a Reasonable Ambition?” vol. 1 (2008).
Student Honors Theses

Our majors have researched, written and successfully defended thought-provoking senior honors theses under close faculty supervision.  Here is a sample of students’ projects for the last 10 years.

  • H. Bonilla, (2016) “The handling of unaccompanied minors entering the United States from Mexico and the northern Triangle Region.”
  • Rastelli (2016) “The dragon in the sea: a case study of Chinese foreign policy in the South China Sea.”
  • N. Elzarka (2015) “Militarization and incarceration in the ‘war on drugs’ and ‘war on terror’: connecting the prison-industrial complex and the military-industrial complex.”
  • K. Patel (2015) “From colony to country: models of decolonization and their application to post-conflict state building.”
  • E. Sheff (2015) “Power asymmetry, interstate cooperation, and riparian conflicts: explaining the U.S.-Mexico relationship over shared rivers”
  • M. Hooper (2014) “Beppe Grillo and the rise of the Five Stars Movement: an examination of M5S in the context of Italian populism”
  • S. Kerby (2014) “The private prison industry’s role in the immigration industrial complex”
  • Beye (2013) “Medicinal revival: analyzing the rise and fall of American support for the death penalty between 1960 and 1990”
  • S. Calderone (2013) “Understanding Russian Foreign Policy on Humanitarian Intervention”
  • F. Diallo (2013) “Gender mainstreaming in World Bank and IMF development policies in contemporary Senegal”
  • J. Hoffman (2013) “Do not pass go?: Teachers unions’ policy monopolies and evaluation and tenure reform in New York and New Jersey”
  • P. Horton (2013) “Understanding the costs: the macroeconomic effects of terrorism in Spain and the United Kingdom”
  • F. Barbosa (2012) “Crashing the party? : the rise, impact, and future of the Tea Party in American politics”
  • L. Ferguson (2012) “From the virtual to reality: Egypt, social media, and the #Tahrir uprising”
  • M. Robbins (2011) “What role for economic, social and cultural rights in peace building? : an analysis of human rights priorities in peace building assistance to the Occupied Palestinian Territories”
  • J. Wamble (2011) “Breaching the barrier: unpacking the effects of interracial friendships on attitudes toward immigration”
  • Shedlock (2009) “Protecting protraction: reproducing refugee marginalization in a globalized world”
  • Cramer (2008) “Realigning presidential elections : Strom Thurmond and the new Republican South”
  • S. Gorenstein (2008) “Talkin’ ’bout my generation : analyzing the high youth voter turnout of the 1972 and 2008 presidential elections through a generational perspective”
  • J. Marsico (2007) “A Reagan revolution? : questioning the occurrence of critical realignment in the 1980 election”
  • Weingrod (2007) “‘The righteousness of the path we have chosen’: An examination of the Israeli Peace Now movement – 1978, 1982 and 2006”
  • Caragher (2006) “Crisis of presidential leadership: coercive diplomacy and US led intervention in Kosovo”