What our interns say about their experience.
Our interns play 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 wish 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.
I can only say good things from my internship at the Greens/EFA Secretariat. I integrated the Communication unit, which is a big team gathering interesting and nice people. From the very first day I felt fully integrated to the team and at ease to express my ideas to colleagues. Together, we had to deal with Covid-19 crisis and unusual times to do an internship. But this experience made the team spirit even stronger and more responsibilities were given to me at that time. I am very grateful to my colleagues to trust my skills and offer me the possibility to develop a personal video project with other trainees from the unit.
Integrating the Greens/EFA Group also means taking part in an ambitious political project. Inside the EP, I could observe the making of European politics from a Green perspective and I saw the energy and dynamism of all MEPs from the Group, ardently defending fairer legislative proposals; and this felt very rewarding.
Amélie Tagu, February-August 2020
Even though times are tough to thrive in these racist and classist structures of the European society, we have to appropriate the political space and become more visible. I can only encourage you to become an intern of the Greens/EFA Group so you can make your voice heard. We can only contribute to the necessary change and shift of perspective if we show up and speak up. Our presence in those institutions of power is a benefit for all and a representational revolution in itself. I would have never thought that a European party would invite a working class POC feminist like me to work alongside with them, but the Greens/EFA made it happen. That alone was one of the most empowering moments in my life! I won’t ever forget this thrilling experience and political adventure in Brussels and can only recommend you to apply, too!
Sara Bahadori, February-July 2020
I am very pleased to have experienced an internship with the Greens/EFA after the great green wave of the 2019 elections. Being part of the Green team in the European Parliament was very inspiring and gave me the opportunity to be listened and to learn a lot on the on-going work of a political group on environmental issues. The team is welcoming, supportive and super-committed and gives you the will to get involved too. In the end, you will conclude your five-months with the super good feeling of knowing that you have worked for a group with values that is a change-maker in the EU.
Charlotte Croteau - September 2019
My time with the Greens/EFA communications team has been a very fruitful multidisciplinary experience. I have been lucky to work for the Group during a transition between legislatures, perhaps one of the most interesting and exciting periods. I do not think there is a more realistic, courageous and hopeful project for Europe than the one proposed by the European Greens. It has been an honour to participate in the good results of these elections, in such an exciting year marked by street protests and the increase of ecological awareness across the entire world.
I believe that this Group is full of great professionals, with an overwhelming political vision. That is why I have had the feeling of learning enormously from each and every one of the staff of this Group with whom I have shared these 5 months. There is no doubt that I have grown up as a professional and now have a much deeper and more complete knowledge of European politics. But above all, I feel that this internship gives me human personal and collective experiences, from a wonderful and invisible group of people (behind the visible faces of the politicians) which make this project absolutely hopeful for Europe.
Alberto Vela Sanchez - July 2019
The internship with the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament is for everyone who wants to achieve direct experience and understanding of the European Parliament, but also take a stronger political stand. If you care about climate crisis, gender equality, fighting the far right in EU and transparency, this is the Group for you. Taking a political side publicly is not always comfortable and it might not come natural to some. For the ones who want to apply, but are in doubts, I say : there is something extremely empowering in joining a political group. It for sure defines you more, but also allows you to be in the frontline when it comes to battles you really care about. Politics is not easy, but it is the place where things can be changed. In this sense, the Greens/EFA Group is a young, open minded, committed Group, where I felt very welcomed. I grew fonder and fonder of it during these five months.
I worked in communications: every day was different and shaped by the hectic agenda of the European Parliament, of the Group as well as by breaking news. This makes it very interesting and exciting. In particular, I supported the social media team, doing social media monitoring and creating posts with political content. I loved this role because we could engage with citizens and make EU politics closer and more understandable for them. When we receive positive feedback, it is an enormous satisfaction. I am grateful to my supervisors, because they gave me real responsibility in the management of the Greens/EFA social media accounts and allowed and trusted me to be creative with my ideas.
My internship took place during a very significant moment: the 2019 European election. This was an incredible opportunity for growth and a unique chance to be at the centre of the history of the European Union. The moment was even more significant, with climate strikes sparking a global movement for environment and justice. Being able to be on the side of the Greens during this civic mobilisation, and seeing the impact on politics, was inspiring and a great lesson of hope, democracy and advocacy that I will take with me wherever I will go. For someone who believes in the European Union and has a burning passion for it, being able to contribute to it and serve other citizens is one of the most challenging job, a great responsibility and a true honour. Join!
Anna Ferrari - July 2019
In many ways, this internship has been a life-changing experience to me. I have been lucky to join the Greens/EFA during the 2019 elections, and to feel the dynamic of a green wave coming to the Parliament. One of my main tasks was to go over the last term’s main political battles, and it led me to realise how much this group was a driving force for change in the European Parliament.
Most of all, I have had the pleasure to work with staff members who were eager to share their knowledge and expertise, but also to have interesting chats over coffee in the Mickey Mouse. I am incredibly thankful to my supervisor and all advisers, especially the crazy AFET team, who made this internship such a challenging and unforgettable experience. Last but not least, if you are lucky enough to join this group, you will have the chance to meet, and even become friends with fantastic interns!
Morgane L'Haridon - June 2019
My experience at the Greens/EFA has been very fulfilling. From the very beginning, I have been considered as part of the team, and a lot of responsibilities were given to me. The team, as well as MEPs, are very welcoming and listened to my opinions and ideas. Working in the Tax Justice Campaign, I have had the opportunity to gain knowledge of tax evasion, tax avoidance and money laundering (issues on the top of the Greens/EFA's political agenda), as well as to undertake tasks related to both legislation and communication. Some of weeks could be busy and stressful, but the work was very rewarding, especially when a report you have been working on is quoted in dozens of European newspapers. Finally, the most rewarding part of working for the Greens/EFA group was to contribute to tackle offshore tax evasion, and therefore build a fairer Europe.
Awenig Marie - January 2019
Working in the Communication department of the Greens/EFA in the EP was an amazing experience. First of all, it has been a human experience. During those 5 months I joined a super-engaged team who warmly welcomed me and made me want to get as engage as them. Then, it has also been an invaluable working experience. I had the chance to work with almost everybody in the Communication department, from working on a database to designing visuals for social media. In very few places you will be able to get a such extensive experience of work and feel so welcomed.
Daniel Kanashiro Auque - February 2019
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 - February 2018
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?
Alexiane Renier - February 2018
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.
Nolwenn Coutel-Darrieu - February 2018
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!
Pepe Escrig - February 2018
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.
Saki Ino - February 2018
“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.”
Sebastiano Badin - July 2017
“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.”
Diarmuid Burke - July 2017
"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.”
Simon Gombert- July 2017
"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 - July 2017
“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.”
Tessa Schiefer - July 2017