I was brought to the Institute for Politics and Society out of interest in doing an internship. Nowadays it is not enough to only have extensive knowledge; it is also necessary to be able to apply that knowledge in practice. For this reason, I decided to pursue work experience in my field of study.
Until I started working at the Institute I didn’t know what a think-tank was or how it works. I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to do it. Soon, I understood that it is a very active, creative and interesting daily environment. Although the majority of tasks were simple, they were important and executed with care. I tried my hand many different aspects of the Institute’s work and found it to be creative in addition to being analytical. This included my main interest which was working with databases by searching various contacts, information and documents. The most interesting event I was involved in was the International Conference titled, “Challenges for Europe”.
I have found that participation in event preparation is a helpful learning exercise though it is far from the only activity you’ll be involved in at the Institute. Another good experience at the Institute was occasionally being able to work with resources and information in English.
The internship at the Institute was very helpful for me. I had a chance to apply the knowledge and skills I learned while meeting a lot of new people. An internship at the Institute is flexible. You can make your schedule by yourself which is very helpful for students.
Finally, I would like to thank the lovely women who I worked under – Šárka Prát, Marcela Voženílková and Miroslava Vitásková. You can always ask them to help you if you have a problem. They are very nice and friendly which made the internship a joyful experience. I would like to continue to work with the Institute and would love to come to its future events!