As a student of the 2nd year of Public Administration and Public Policy at the University of Sts. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava, I started my internship at the Institute for Politics and Society in Prague at the beginning of February. I spent three months here.
During these three months, my work was mainly focused on administrative activities such as preparing background papers for debates, sending invitations, writing reports, or translating annotations. I also regularly attended various debates that the Institute organized and on which I helped. What I liked the most about my work at the Institute was the diversity of all the topics the institute covers, so I have broadened my general perspective with every debate.
When I think about it, I can’t choose just a few specific things that I liked here. I have to say that I liked every organized debate regardless of the topic, because on each of them I learned something new and interesting. Of course, some were more beneficial than others but each gave me something.
This internship taught me a lot of theoretical and practical skills and revealed to me a completely different type of work I was used to so far.
Since I have two schools, I needed to take part in the lessons that took place in Slovakia on Friday. The Institute allowed me to do so without any problems. Working time allowed time flexibility to suit me.
Regarding the negatives I perceived on the internship, I caused most of them myself. Otherwise, everyone in the institute has a really nice and mostly accommodating approach. They love to help and they are really interested in which the specialization of their intern and if possible they also try to assign work according to it.
To summarize, this internship has given me valuable experience, and knowledge that I will certainly use in the future. Although I was originally expecting more links with my Department, I was not disappointed at all. Because I really learned a lot and thanks to the institute I took part in various interesting events that I wouldn’t get at all in other circumstances.