Posted on Thursday, July 31, 2008
Matteo Tunioli ’10 has had many exciting internships, including working for the NYS Stock Exchange, but it wasn’t until he landed his current internship at the United Nations, that he found the perfect balance between humanitarian work and business. “I'm beginning to realize that I prefer more tangible and hopefully morally rewarding work, even if it not in the field of business," says Tunioli. "That’s why I decided to try another area of humanitarian aide at the United Nations.” Tunioli, who currently lives in Geneva, Switzerland, is working with the Internally Displaced Persons Advisory Team, a part of the UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees Office. Created in 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly, The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees seeks to protect refugees and resolve international refugee problems. According to their Web site, an Internally Displaced Person is “someone who has been forced to move from his or her home- because of conflict, perspective, or because of a natural disaster or some other unusual circumstance of this type.” Since its establishment over 50 years ago, the agency has aided an estimated 50 million people. Tunioli helps the Advisory team to plan and adapt operations in countries that have displaced people, such as Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Liberia and Somalia. His work on the agency’s database and public Web site also makes it possible for immediate assistance to be given to a displaced person if an emergency situation were to occur. A philosophy major and aesthetics minor at Hobart, Tunioli is no stranger to this type of work. After taking Professor of Philosophy Steven Lee’s Philosophy of Global Justice course, Tunioli is well-equipped to grapple with the complex political and ethical issues that surround international refugee policies. It’s not all work and no play for this budding philosopher. A member of the Kappa Alpha society and Arts Collective, Tunioli is also a popular campus DJ and even has a radio show on WEOS. And when he’s not playing the latest hits, he is an active member of The Circle and has been published in Crux, HWS' arts magazine. Tunioli is open-minded about a wide-variety of career options but intends to pursue a career where humanitarian work and business once again combine.