I completed an Internship at the Institute for Politics and Society from September to December 2017. My internship was funded by the Erasmus + scheme and provided by Accentuate and Eppas Mobility. My programme provides the opportunity for recent graduates from the North East of England to complete a three-month funded internship in another European city.
After graduating from the University of Northumbria at Newcastle with a BSc (Hons) Geography with a Year in Industry at a Local Council I was excited to complete some international work experience to improve my work-related skills and was very fortunate to gain a position as a Native English-speaking Intern at the Institute for Politics and Society.
I joined the Institute at a very exciting time in Czech politics. During my internship there was a General Election and the Leader of ANO Andrej Babis formed his government and began his term as Prime Minister of the Czech Republic. The institute is very interested in European wide politics and during my internship there was a lot happening politically across Europe which gave me a lot of topics to research and understand.
My first day of my internship was on the day of their Annual International Conference, Multiple Challenges for Europe. At this event I was able to meet and listen to politicians, academics, journalists and business people from across the European Union including Prime Minister Babis and members of the House of Lords from the UK.
Over the three-month period of my internship I helped to organise and coordinate numerous interesting events including Business Breakfasts, Round Table Discussions, Conferences and Panel Discussions. These events give interns the opportunity to witness first-hand the role of a Political Think Tank and to meet leading figures in the political, business and academic sectors.
Day to day my role involves assisting with international conference organization, Foreign affairs analysis, Project realization support, and researching and writing political papers to be published online.
I found my time at the Institute for Politics and Society to be a very rewarding and worthwile period in which I was able to develop skills and gain experiences that I would never have thought I could. Living in Prague for 3 months allowed me to begin understanding Czech culture and history and provided me with the opportunity to explore areas of Prague and the Czech Republic that tourists would normally never see.
Thank you very much to the Institute for Politics and Society for allowing me to complete an internship and to develop as a member of staff. I would recommend this position to anybody looking for a new challenge and wanting to gain first-hand political experience in a fun, friendly and hard-working office.