Thank you Merissa Pimenta for sharing your inspiring story - 'On the first day of my internship at the Permanent Mission of Costa Rica to the UN I was assigned to attend a meeting on Reform of the General Assembly. I was so excited and could not believe I would be doing this regularly. While interning at the Costa Rican Mission, I was working with the fourth committee expert which was very active in drafting a proposal of the Resolution of the Decade of Family Farming. I assisted in coordinating meeting with experts from other missions for the co-sponsoring of the proposal. During the internship I learned so much about UNGA procedures, generated talking points for state representatives, represented Costa Rica at the International Young Leadership Assembly as a sponsor of this event and met the President, Foreign Affairs Minister, Minister of Women, Minister of Trade and many other important representatives from my country that have motivated me to pursue a career in diplomacy. When I complete my Master’s Degree, I will study for the foreign service exam to hopefully one day, have the opportunity to represent my country at the UNGA. While interning, going to work everyday felt unreal as I was so close to my dream job. This internship opened my eyes to all the career opportunities within the UN and diplomatic community. I also couldn’t be more grateful that the expert from the Fourth Committee that I was assigned to assist, was very young and motivated me to pursue my dreams and establish a clear career path. I strongly recommend anyone enrolled in UNMA program apply for internships at the UN and state missions to the UN'.