My three months at the internship provided me with the experience to learn more than I ever could have in a semester at my university. I had many opportunities to orchestrate and listen to debates on topics that are major on the global stage. The permanent staff was very helpful easing me into tasks and making sure that I was prepared as the importance of each job increased. Furthermore, they always made sure that I was comfortable with the work that I had been asked to do. They provided me with the chance to speak to a multitude of Czech diplomats and ambassadors.
I was able to attend insightful debates on issues that affected all EU states, and gained insight that I never would have from my home country. Working at the institute was the ultimate way to achieve cultural immersion as I received a full view of what Czech society is like. By understanding the political ideologies of Czech people it gave me a better understanding of what they prioritized, and put a lot of what I was seeing into context.
The work that I did at the Institute was relevant to my studies, and I was able to explore a possible career path for myself in the future. Although I had previously never given working at a think tank much thought, after this experience I am beginning to. I was able to not only work on my editing skills, but also publish my own paper on a topic that was both important and interesting to me. Furthermore, I did all this while making friends along the way.