YEU's new intern: Sercan Iscan
How does it sound to be an intern in YEU Office? Here, Sercan Iscan talks about his experiences:
As the part of my Master Degree studies in Vrije Universiteit, Brussels; I am currently doing my 7 weeks of internship in YEU. YEU has mainly focused on youth participation/ social inclusion/human rights and most importantly, it stimulates co-operation between the young people of the world towards the better understanding of each other, regardless of race, language or religion.
Over the past month, I have had the privilege of interning in YEU in Brussels, Belgium. YEU is a well known and old (founded in 1986) youth organization, so the idea of being their part of the team as an intern, is a great opportunity for me to learn ‘’youth organization mechanisms’’ and their relation to each other. I landed the internship this summer after I contacted with my communication department internship supervisor, who initially found the YEU and recommended me. Before I started my internship, I was eager to experience something new for my last semester of college. Currently though, what I get out of interning for YEU is everything I expect, and I feel it will be more to come.
After the initial meet-and-greet in first day, I started assisting the team with documenting guests’ travel itinerary (mostly invoices) for the past project called ‘’eco food for eco thoughts’’ and various administrative duties. By doing that – I comprehended an insight about how economic funding works between the organization and EU level. Additionally, due to the great and friendly atmosphere, I recognized the value of experience and learning from others in this ‘’multi-national’’ office in Brussels.
This experience is special to me, not only because it is my first job here in Brussels, but also because of the communication related job experience that I was pursuing to. Our General Secretary Tamara Gojkovic coordinates the whole tasks for me. She decides which tasks were to be done, chose the set backgrounds, and etc. I was awestruck and that’s another great thing about this internship: I have insight on potential careers. After seeing and learning how things work and operate, I probably will consider being a communication officer, reporter/researcher, or even I could apply for any EU level organization in the future with the support of YEU’s experience I have gained so far.
The possibilities are endless and that’s the beauty about internships in general. No matter what you do, you learn something. You learn about your potential field of work, you learn about which moves to take to steer your success and more importantly you learn more about yourself.
I’ll be sure to continue updating YEU as cool opportunities emerge, so stay tuned. To learn more about my internship experience, you can also follow me on Facebook and Twitter and you can always find more about a bit of everything in YEU’s newsmail.
Finally, I hope that I can use what I have learned and continue working in challenging communication environments after graduation in September 2013.