What our interns say about their experience.
Last week we said goodbye to our interns who played an enormous role in assisting the work of the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament. We are very grateful for all their help and which them all the best for their future endeavours.
Curious about what they thought of their work here? Read their impressions and if you are interested in applying for an internship with us check the conditions here.
The role of the European Parliament in EU external action is of high importance in today’s reckless world politics. Despite the image of a power-less institution in foreign affairs, every line of legislative text matters here. Not for nothing, governments and civil society try to influence the work of this house every day. In Parliament, this Group stands for an EU external action that takes human rights seriously, pushes for an enhanced multilateralism and defends a feminist agenda in times of dangerous supermacho leaderships in the international arena. It is thus a thrilling and very formative experience to work with the Greens/EFA advisor on Human Rights following AFET and DROI committees. And, by the way, these are great people too!
Adria Rivera Escartin
When you work for the Greens/EFA in the European Parliament, even as an intern, you are part of the team. Your opinion and work are valued, and sharing ideas is encouraged. When I started this internship, I didn’t expect it would have such a huge potential for growth. But in the span of five months, I have grown and learnt a lot professionally and personally. I have acquired new skills and knowledge in digital communications, database management and event organisation, which is a huge boost in confidence when applying to jobs in similar areas. However, this opportunity also highlighted flaws I still need to work on, like taking care of my mental health and learn to say “no” or take days off when needed! Best of all, the adrenaline junkie that I am got her fix of urgency almost every week thanks to the fast-paced, high-level environment that is the European Parliament. What more could I have asked for?
These past five months with the Greens/EFA Group, in the European Parliament, have flown by. Being part of the Climate Change Campaign was an amazing experience in witnessing and assisting the tremendous work of experts behind decision-making process. Having the possibility to be part of projects with concrete impacts such as the COP23, Climate justice, gender equality and fair transition kept my days busy, fascinating and intense. I was impressed with the responsibilities that were given to me. The team is especially supportive, understanding and professional, making you feel part of the Group. You not only learn from the procedures and subjects you’re working on, but also from the people you meet.
Working with the Greens/EFA group in the EP was an amazing experience at a professional and human level. This was a great opportunity to deepen first-hand in the European Parliament as a European institution (in Brussels, but also Strasbourg!) and its very specific dynamics, but especially the big communications team the Greens/EFA group has, where communication is spread in an international context and very diverse targets all over Europe. The rhythm can be hectic sometimes, but also thrilling! Nevertheless, the group’s multicultural staff was very welcoming and it’s worth emphasizing its warmness and good vibes. I’m sure this internship provided me with very useful learnings for the rest of my professional career, but this is more than just a professional experience. Actually, working with the Greens/EFA in the EP is also a contribution to build a more sustainable, social and integrated Europe. And that’s definitely inspiring!
These five months enabled me to gain insight into how a political group functions and its role within the European Parliament. Assisting the Central secretariat felt like working in a beehive where everybody was focused and goal-driven. My tasks, whether they consisted of helping with the coordination of the inputs from MEPs offices and political advisors, or supporting the communication work and the group's strategy, were furthering our political priorities and reflecting the values we try to convey.
I particularly appreciated working on the European Ideas Lab. The regional edition held in Dublin was a great success, showing how crucial it is for change-makers and political leaders to come together and stay together in order to bring about much needed change in society. I am looking forward to seeing what the next editions will have in store.
“I have spent five intense months in the Parliament with the Greens/EFA group. Taking part in the team working in the LIBE Committee requires doing your best every single moment. Dealing with Migration and Asylum policies means a full emotional and technical commitment. I had the opportunity to assist with the reform of the Common European Asylum System, to take part in the legislative process working in close collaboration with the advisors, the assistants and the MEPs. I learnt the functioning of the European Parliament, I developed my skills but most of all I was surprised by how many friendly people I met here, I will miss them so much.”
“On the surface, what goes on in the European Parliament can seem boring, obtuse and seems totally irrelevant to the everyday lives of people all around the continent. However, that’s not necessarily the case (at least not all of the time). Learning how to take the achievements of the Greens/EFA group and figure out ways to share them with ordinary people through social media and blog posts was a really amazing opportunity.
Whether it was trying to break Planned Obsolesce down into layman’s terms (it's where a company intentionally doesn't make their product built to last) or finding ways to communicate positions that were controversial in certain vocal circles of the internet (I won’t miss reading some of the nastier comments under posts about refugees), this role challenged me to communicate to a diverse, international audience.”
"The Greens/EFA group accomplishes highly necessary work in this house, defending the commons, the Earth, civil liberties and social justice. Negotiating within an agriculture Committee dominated by conservatives only made our political victories even sweeter. To find a sense to one’s work and to one’s action is energy for life, and the work that we have been doing makes so much sense, because an agricultural system that cannot produce without harming carries the seeds of its own destruction.”
"Working in AFET and DROI – and in general, in the Western Sahara campaign – has been a most thrilling experience! Foreign policy often times requires fast responses, making every day different from the other. I have had the chance to work very closely with other committees such as INTA, allowing me to have a better idea of what work in the European Parliament looks like. At the same time, having the opportunity to be surrounded by people who stand for Human Rights worldwide is utterly inspiring, which can keep you going through long days"
Paz Serra Portilla
“There’s something about doing work and having it go towards something that matters. Working in communications with the Greens/EFA group does not only mean to do the “normal” comms work, but to work on all policy issues across the whole spectrum. Days can be very full and very fast, but in exchange no single day will ever be the same and you are up to date with everything that is going on. I was surprised by the huge amount of responsibility we were given - I never felt like just an intern but as a full member of a very great team.”