Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

Euromasters students success at the European Union’s delegation in Washington D.C.

Fri May 20 10:01:00 BST 2016

 

Euromasters student Ben Mitchel with Christine Lagarde

— Euromasters student Ben Mitchel with Christine Lagarde.

 

Anna Raiss is in her first year of study of our MA Contemporary European Studies (Euromasters). She has been able to secure a prestigious placement at the Delegation of the European Union to the United States that she will undertake during her first summer on the course.

Commenting on the opportunity she has said; ‘After my in-depth academic education in European Union policy-making through the Euromasters course, I am excited by this opportunity. I am looking forward to applying my gained theoretical knowledge of the Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies to the practical and challenging work of the European External Action Service and to contribute to some extent to EU trade policy.’

Sharing the experience with students

Anna follows in the footsteps of second year Euromasters Transatlantic Track student, Ben Mitchell, who secured a placement as Trade intern with the Delegation last summer. Speaking about the placement, Ben highlights; 'We were always treated with respect and the opportunities afforded to all the Trade interns were second to none'.

Ben also has some insights into what’s in store for Anna when she starts her placement; ‘From being entrusted to put together research documents for a visiting EU Commissioner to producing promotional videos for Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and attending meetings all over D.C. with industry representatives, Members of Congress, Delegation staff and MEPs, the time spent in the Trade Section was both fascinating and extremely rewarding.

'I was fortunate enough to chat with Christine Lagarde at the French Embassy during the Greek government-debt crisis and in my final week I had the opportunity to go the White House! All in all it was an excellent summer. Washington D.C. is an amazing (if hot) city and having colleagues from across the length and breadth of the EU and US made for a fascinating working environment.’