"The most interesting aspect of EPLO's Internship Program is the firsthand experience with a very important institution of the EU, not to mention the wonderful staff. It is an engaging opportunity that allows for learning and having fun."
"The most interesting part of the EPLO internship was the opportunity to immerse myself in the Trans-Atlantic relationship through the variety of individuals I was able to meet involved in EU-US affairs: from Think Tank specialists, diplomats, and private sector representatives to the EPLO employees who are always happy to tell you more about their experience in the field."
"The most interesting aspect of EPLO's Internship Program is the people, both staff members and interns, I work with. It is such an intellectually stimulating experience to learn from passionate individuals of different European nationalities."
"My favourite part of working at EPLO has been the workplace environment that encompasses such a diverse range of cultures and languages. The vast spectrum of European cultures is represented in the office and it is a privilege to be able to hear so many perspectives on various issues."
"Writing about something new every day is one of the best features of working at EPLO. It is also satisfying to work in an environment where part of the job is to conduct research or attend a hearing on a topic that one knows little about! In short, my favourite aspect of working at EPLO are the opportunities I am provided to learn."
"My favourite aspects of working at EPLO have been the hands-on education and the collegial work environment. I've learned so much about both the US Congress and the European Parliament in attending hearings and doing research for memos to send to Brussels. And everyone in the office has been so friendly and helpful and welcoming. It's been a great experience, and I look forward to the chance to work in Brussels!"
"I enjoy the many nationalities and learning about their perspective, political or otherwise. I especially enjoy the location of the office because it has a good view over Washington Circle, is convenient for commuting, and is close to many cafes."
"At EPLO, I enjoy having a front row seat to events that are so important in the transatlantic relationship. This office is an intersection of two of the closest world allies, the United States and the European Union. Being in this office, I'm able to gain a greater understanding of how this relationship works and evolves over time."
One of the most interesting aspects of EPLO's internship program is the opportunity it provides American interns to also train in the European Parliament. Upon completing their duties in Washington, interns can choose to travel to Brussels and work in a parliamentary committee. Interns who have taken part in this program say their time in Parliament gave them vauable insight into the EU perspective on governance. In a recent interview, Maurice Urbain, a summer 2014 EPLO intern currently interning in Parliament, gave us his take on legislative life in Brussels.
"Working in a truly multicultural environment on myriad international policy issues at the nucleus of U.S. foreign policy making gave me a valuable perspective that is just one of the many things I treasure from my time at EPLO."