Internship in EU Institutions Opens the Door to a New World

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Intern opportunities for Croats in Europe.

Internship is an opportunity not to be missed, said Azra Budalica and Anja Kolimbatović, students of the Law Faculty in Split, who have spent a month in the European Parliament as assistants to Croatian Member of European Parliament Dubravka Šuica. Their Brussels adventure began on July 1, thanks to the School of Critical Thinking organized at the Faculty by the World Youth Council and SplitMisli Association.

Mentors Bruno Petrušić and Marija Marušić assessed the capabilities and activities of all participants, and decided that Azra and Anja deserved to get the unique opportunity in Brussels.

“Ms. Šuica is extremely nice and accessible, and at the same time very professional. We really learned a lot”, said the student who confirmed it was very demanding being an intern. Working day started at 9 am and ended at 7 pm or even later.

“Immediately upon the arrival at the office, we would receive a daily schedule and tasks for each day: writing explanations for certain votes, listening to committee hearings where lawmakers discuss and make important decisions on various topics, as well as writing reports. Every morning we had to go through security control, and since it is a vast building, it is very easy to get lost, so we kept to the third floor, the only one from which you can go to all other buildings”, said Azra.

In addition to the offices, strategically important areas are cafes and canteens. The most famous café is Mickey Mouse, where you can meet many lawmakers, and it is not uncommon for some important meetings to take place there”, explained Anja.

Wherever they would go they would meet Croats, and they were particularly delighted with excellent transport links with other big European cities.

“Just three hours drive and you are in Paris, Amsterdam, London, Bruges… It opened for us the door to a new world of contacts, knowledge and unforgettable moments. Therefore, we want to show others what internship really is. Of course, we encourage young people to try this new European challenge”, concluded the students from Split.

Source Slobodna Dalmacija


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