Political Science/International Relations ( Scottish Parliament )

Andrea Andrata

Political Science/International Relations ( Scottish Parliament )

“I just completed an incredible internship experience in Edinburgh, Scotland with EPA Internships in Europe. I was an intern for the Scottish Parliament during a major campaign season, and during my stay I participated in one of the most historical and exciting political times since the reopening of the new Scottish Parliament.

I was an intern for Michael Matheson, a Member of the Scottish Parliament who is also the Deputy Covener of the European and External Relations Committee and a member of the Health and Sport Committee. I also had the honor of meeting, arguably, two of the most important people in the Scottish government: Alex Salmond, the First Minister of Scotland, and Nicola Sturgeon, the Deputy First Minister of Scotland. It was also great working with various ambassadors and other international political figures during my internship.

I lived in a great flat near the Edinburgh Castle and loved it! The location was very central and practical for me, and I had the option of traveling around Scotland and other parts of Europe during the weekends. My favorite memory was being asked to sing a traditional Scottish song at a political function and having an entire room of Scottish men and women decide to sing along with me. It was a touching moment of two cultures coming together through song. I know I got the most out of my semester interning abroad and I couldn’t be happier!

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