Testimonials from former interns

Marina Rosignoli

"In EU-LAC I was able to put into practice my undergraduate studies and also learn a lot with my coworkers that were always open to conversations related to the Foundation's affairs but also on general topics. Besides that, I was able to make friendships that I am pretty sure will be part of my whole life. Being in Hamburg, such a diverse city with many possibilities enabled me to get out of my comfort zone. EU-LAC will always be part of my story since I am committed to continuing to connect Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe".
Marina Rosignoli (Brazil and Italy), Intern June-September 2022

Karlijn Loeven

"During my experience with the EU-LAC foundation I gained a better understanding on the relations between the EU and Latin America and I worked for the first time in Spanish! I feel so grateful to have been part of a team with people dedicated to contributing to improving the relations between the EU and LAC".
Karlijn Loeven (The Netherlands), Intern June-September 2022

Inés Alberico

"The most gratifying thing was to be able to see the result of my support to the organization of the "Latin American and Caribbean Autumn" Festival, conceived by the Hamburg Senate to increase the visibility of the Latin American and Caribbean community in the city and to foster exchange. As a migrant with Latin American and European roots, it was very satisfying to contribute to the cooperation between both regions".
Inés Alberico (Argentina and Italy), Intern June-September 2022 

 

Alejandra Ramírez

"Being part of the EU-LAC Foundation team has been an honour and a great privilege, which has given me the unique opportunity to broaden my horizons and learn about the workings of an international organisation. The accompaniment of an amazing, multicultural and internationalist team has been very stimulating and formative. This has been an inspiring experience both professionally and personally from which I have learned a lot. I am grateful for being part of this internship cycle and especially for all the feedback, accountability and trust my mentors and colleagues at the EU-LAC Foundation have placed in our work".
Alejandra Ramírez (Colombia), Intern June-September 2022

Bahia

"The EU-LAC Foundation has given me a first impression of working in an international organisation, allowing me to contribute to bi-regional cooperation and promote equity between the two regions. One of the highlights of the experience is the possibility to live in Hamburg, Germany, and work in a multicultural environment!"

Bahía Gatti, Argentina and Italy, Intern April-June 2022

Joana

 "My experience as an intern at the EU-LAC Foundation was very enriching considering the bi-regional relation and cooperation. The EU-LAC Foundation's team is the representation of its core and it's definitely somewhere everyone would be grateful to join and be welcomed into."

Joana Domingos, Portugal, Intern April-June 2022

Ines

"Being an intern at the EU-LAC Foundation for me has meant a first step in the professional world of international relations. I have acquired lessons that I will apply wherever life takes me, both professionally and personally. But, above all, I am taking friends that I will always remember."

Inés Hermoso, Spain, Intern April-June 2022

Marie Ollivier

"My internship at the EU-LAC Foundation was a very enriching experience. I learned a lot in this international organization, both professionally and personally. I am delighted to have been able to participate in strengthening relations between Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean."

Marie Ollivier, France, Intern April-June 2022

"My internship at the EU-LAC Foundation has exceeded my expectations in many ways: since the very beginning I have felt welcomed by the Team, both personally and professionally, and I have had the chance to work closely and learn from colleagues that have great work experience and human qualities. I had the opportunity to see closely how an international organisation works, and to learn new skills that will surely be useful throughout my career. Working at the EU-LAC Foundation has made it very clear to me that this is the career I want to keep on pursuing, and for that I am very grateful".

Ilenia Vasquez, Italy and Colombia, Intern January-March 2022

"My time as an intern at the EU-LAC Foundation far exceeded my initial expectations both on a professional and human level. I was able to collaborate with the materialisation of the positive effects that bi-regional integration has for people, hand in hand with a first class team committed to their work. The topics I focused on will undoubtedly be very useful in my work as a professional and I can't wait to be able to put everything I have learned here into practice. I am very grateful for the opportunity and I invite all those young people who aspire to be better in order to serve better to apply."

David Gómez, Peru, Intern January-March 2022

"My internship at the EU-LAC Foundation has allowed me to grow both personally and professionally, it has challenged me and it has taught me a lot. I especially enjoyed working on the organisation of the Launch of the EU-LAC Women's International Network and its strategic line of action on women as key actors in climate action.  What makes my time at the EU-LAC Foundation so valuable to me, apart from the lessons learned and professional achievements, is the Team of the Foundation. I consider myself very lucky to have been able to spend three months working with and learning from this incredible Team."

Marleen Schneider, Germany, Intern January-March 2022

"The internship at the EU-LAC Foundation will help you grow in many different ways and layers. First of all, you will learn a lot from your fellow colleagues, who are incredibly good at their work. Likewise, you will be learning by doing, as you organise many interesting and pertinent projects along with other exciting organisations. And, more importantly, due to the small size of the Foundation, you get to contribute and co-create in a very impactful manner. All this in the best possible work environment, and in the very pretty, vibrant, and young city of Hamburg."

Francisco López, Colombia, Intern January-March 2022

"I feel grateful and honored for having joined the team of the EU-LAC Foundation given its precious contribution to my home region. Particularly, the experience hosting the Board of Governors meeting in Hamburg (November, 2021) has provided me with a very close insight to the diplomatic realm of Europe and Latin America."

Felipe Minhoni, Brazil and Italy, Intern September - December 2021

"Being part of the EU-LAC Foundation during these three months has been a very enriching experience that has given me valuable tools to continue my professional development. It has been a privilege to participate in its vital work of building bridges between the European Union and Latin America and the Caribbean and creating bi-regional networks of diverse actors such as governments, civil society or the private sector. I sincerely thank all the members of this multicultural and committed team with high-human qualities for giving me this incredible opportunity."

Adela Toscano, Spain, Intern September - December 2021

"Working at the EU-LAC Foundation was an honour and a privilege. On the one hand, getting first-hand insight into the day-to-day workings of an international organisation and contributing to its activities was a highly rewarding experience. Both on a personal and professional level, the lessons learned were valuable and manifold. On the other hand, finding a friendly and fraternal team and work environment committed to the Foundation's mission was a great pleasure. Considering the above, today I can affirm that the internship allowed me to strengthen my career in Europe without ever losing the emotional and cultural connection with Latin America."

Simón Ladino, Colombia, Intern September - December 2021

"Being part of the EU-LAC Foundation was for me a great opportunity to learn first-hand about the functioning of an international organisation and the management of bi-regional relations between Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. Witnessing the hard work of a committed, competent, and multicultural team - and all that they can accomplish - has been an enriching and exciting experience that has allowed me to grow professionally and personally. I am immensely grateful to the entire EU-LAC Foundation team for this experience, for all their support, and invaluable guidance."

Geraldine, Colombia, Intern July-September 2021

"The internship at the EU-LAC International Foundation was a very enriching experience both professionally and personally. It allowed me to learn more about the area of bi-regional relations and the importance of the bi-regional strategic partnership between Latin America and the Caribbean and the European Union, as well as to gain insights into the work of an international organisation. The tasks during my internship and the work in an intercultural and multilingual environment made me grow and improve my skills. I would like to thank the team of the Foundation for this important experience, their support and their good vibes." 

Lea Reinhardt, Germany, intern April-June 2021

"During the internship at the EU-LAC Foundation, the work was intense and varied, giving me the opportunity to learn how to do important tasks as well as to learn about regions and issues that had not been my focus of study thus far. Additionally, I had the chance to understand and experience how an international organisation and the bi-regional association work from the inside, by observing and assisting in distinct everyday tasks,  programme management processes and relations with Member States. I highly recommend the EU-LAC internship programme to any IR student interested in having a rewarding and enriching introduction to this kind of workplace, under the supervision of a very attentive and extremely competent team."

Vitória dos Santos Acerbi, Brazil, intern April-June 2021

"Through the internship, I gained valuable insight into the work of an international organisation and an even greater understanding of the importance of bi-regional partnership efforts in times of global crises. I would like to thank the whole team for their support and enriching collaboration!" 

Sophie Vey, Germanyintern Oct.-Dec. 2020

"My time at the EU-LAC Foundation has been a process of continuous learning, which has allowed me to grow personally and academically in a multicultural and highly motivated environment."
Paula Balado (Spain), Oct-Dec intern. 2020

“Thanks to the cooperation agreement signed between the “International Studies Institute” of the University of Chile and the EU-LAC Foundation, I was able to come to Hamburg and gained newfound knowledge. I discovered how to fulfil tasks that may be relevant to my professional career, and certainly, I succeeded strengthening my knowledge on the bi-regional Strategic Partnership being part of a recently established International Organisation. Likewise, it was an opportunity to test out all the skills I had developed, being able to recognise my biggest strengths and also the areas of improvement I should work on”

Alex Díaz Chilean, Intern April-June 2019