My summer in Brussels has made me experience the Europe I was only learning about in history books, and thanks to my internship, I had a very meaningful summer that has prepared me for my future professional career
I had the pleasure to work as an intern in the office of MEP Marlene Mizzi. Ms.Mizzi is from the beautiful island known as the heart of the Mediterranean, Malta, and she belongs to the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, a centre-left political group in the European Parliament. She participates actively in the Petition Committee, Internal Market and Consumer Protection Market Committee, Culture and Education Committee, and the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly. Other than participating in the parliamentary committees, Ms.Mizzi is also very vocal in improving animal welfare. Therefore, working in her office means that I had the opportunity to learn about many different aspects of Europe, ranging from the European Ombudsman to geo-blocking practices in the internal market.
Ms.Mizzi and her assistants always encouraged me to attend committee meetings and relevant events inside and outside of the European Parliament. In the first few weeks, they informed me thoroughly about the political groups and their political orientations, some politically sensitive topics and Malta’s key interests in the Parliament. My supervisor trusted me so much that she let me work independently on several projects, such as writing an explanatory statement for the report on the activities of European Ombudsman in 2016 and drafting initial ideas for amendments of the draft opinion on the reform of the European Citizens’ Initiative. I have also worked on the parliamentary questions, explanation of votes, speech and notes for the ACP-EU regional meetings on a daily basis. I carried out extensive research and wrote brief summaries on various topics to provide the assistants with relevant information, so that they could focus on some more urgent things. I experienced and took part in the EU democratic system, which has complemented the European history studies I have previously done during my year abroad in France.
Of course, my life in Brussels was not just about working. Thanks to Brussels’ convenient geographic location and the well-developed railway system, I was able to do some relaxing day-trips at Belgian towns, such as Antwerp, Bruges, and Gent. Being in Brussels also help me keep speaking French, as I did not want to forget it after my year in France.