Hamburg, especially during the summer, is a breath-taking city of canals, bustling streets, and a rich maritime history that mirrors the global connections the EU-LAC Foundation fosters. The internship programme, offered in 3-month cycles four times a year, was also a great chance to work and learn from other interns from member countries, which became an essential plus of this experience.
A Multifaceted Internship Experience
While my primary focus was on communications and public affairs, I found myself involved in a wide variety of tasks that allowed me to gain insights into various facets of the organization and collaborate with colleagues from many nationalities. Here are some highlights of my tasks and experiences:
1. Communication and Visibility Strategies
My journey began at assisting in the creation of communication strategies for two significant events—the Latin American and Caribbean Fall Festival 2023 and the Foundation's participation in the German Unity Day in Hamburg. Here, I further developed my skills for storytelling, content creation and translating policy narratives into captivating web content that reached across the Foundation's digital platforms and website.
I also took on the responsibility of developing a communication strategy to promote the Foundation's events across their main lines of action, including multilateralism, just transitions, knowledge, gender equality, and culture.
2. Social Media Management
A working day would include tasks like updating statistics, monitoring social media trends, and creating engaging digital content. Crafting posts to celebrate the National Days of member countries fostered a sense of unity among the diverse nations that make up the Foundation, as well as editing videos that engage audiences and motivate them to take part into events that follow up the recent EU-CELAC Summit of Heads of State and Government which took place in Brussels this year. In addition, I had the opportunity to work in drafting the third edition of the 2023 Newsletter—a medium through which policy insights were conveyed to a broader audience.
3. Latin American and Caribbean Fall Festival
One of the most exciting chapters of my journey was supporting the 10th edition of the Latin American and Caribbean Fall Festival in the heart of Hamburg. This grand event, which fosters the integration of the Latin American and Caribbean diaspora in the city, was inaugurated in the historic City Hall, graced by the presence of consulate representatives and civil society actors. Beyond cultural exchange, it was a celebration of the policies and partnerships that drive international relations.
I played a key role in identifying participating civil society organizations, designing the event agenda, creating a social media communication strategy, and coordinating with suppliers for visibility materials. I also contributed to the inauguration of the event in the Senate and the creation of a video that gathered testimonials about key civil society actors in Hamburg.