Meet the new interns of 2019/20

Meet the new interns of 2019/20

The new interns have arrived at the White Rose Brussels office, excited for the next 8 months of their internship having just completed a month training in York. Below you can read a little bit about each of them, and find out what each of their portfolios include during their time in Brussels.

Catriona joined the WRB office as a recent graduate in French and Hispanic studies from the University of Sheffield. After her experiences living in France and Ecuador, Catriona understands that today’s societal challenges occur at a transnational level, and therefore values the office’s collaborative approach to facilitating real-life application of research for achieving progressive policies across Europe. Utilising her interest in working towards social and environmental justice, Catriona is the lead intern supporting the office’s Agrifood event in November 2019, which will discuss sustainable food systems, and will be attended by the three White Rose Vice Chancellors. Her other responsibilities involve writing policy reports, the updating and upkeep of the organisation’s website, attending events and working towards the other strategic aims of the office. Catriona is hoping this internship will be a stepping stone in a career in international development, with a particular interest in the environment.

Darren joined the WRB office after graduating from the University of Leeds this summer, where he studied History and Portuguese. Excelling academically, he graduated top of both his disciplines and was also awarded numerous prizes for research and high levels of attainment. His portfolio at WRB will allow him to apply his analytical and research skills in order to strengthen the office’s facilitation of cross-institutional collaboration and profileraising of Yorkshire within the European Union. With his experience as a newspaper editor and keen journalist, Darren will lead the office’s social media and communications strategy. Having previously studied the sustainable and regional development policies of the EU, he will produce a policy report for the WRB’s Steering Group. He will also assist in the organisation of events. Darren hopes that the internship will be the first step to a career in diplomacy or international relations, though he is also interested in consultancy, digital media or not-for-profit work.

As a graduate of Politics and International Relations at the University of York in 2019, Mariya joins the WRB team with a particular interest in European politics and the significance of cross-border relations between nations. After participation in the George Washington University summer programme on policy and equality, she has gained an attentiveness for research and policy formation. At WRB, she will help run the first joint Alumni Event in November 2019 involving all three White Rose Universities which will be attended by the three Vice Chancellors giving them the opportunity to engage with the Brussels alumni community. Furthermore, she will be in charge of writing and organising the WRB newsletter as part of the communications strategy of profile raising. Her time at the WRB office is an opportunity for Mariya to begin her career in International Affairs and in particular a position with the Foreign Office, liaising in transnational relationships.




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