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Visiting the EU institutions in Brussels

The Career Service Humanities organizes a work visit to the European Union (EU) in Brussel for Humanities students. The session will take place on Thursday, 29 February 2024 between 12:30h and 16:30h.

Loes Nordlohne  (Career Advisor) Madeleine Wark  (Internship coordinator / career advisor)

Working at the institutions of the European Union



12:15 Gathering at meeting point/ security check 
13:00 Introduction and presentation by Olivier Fajgenblat, Policy officer on digital affairs at the European Commission

(MA Literary Studies/MA Media Studies)


Blue Book trainees about their traineeship:  

-Kristina Kovalenko Blue Book Trainee - Audio-Visual Media & Content, European Commission. (MA Arts & Culture) 

-Anna Sackl Blue Book trainee -regional unit, Latin America in DG Trade, European Commission. (MA Latin American Studies). 

14:15 ‘Representative of a Dutch Province’: Katinka Janssen, EU representative of the province South Holland in Brussel (BA French Language and Culture, BA Cultural Anthropology and development Sociology, MA Political Science)

Break and walk to Permanent Representation of the Netherlands 

15:15 'Permanent Representation of the Netherlands at the EU': Tristan Schyns, adviser ‘Dutch presence in Brussel’ at the Permanent Representation of the Netherlands at the EU (MA Comparative and International Politics: European Politics)
15:45 'Parliament': Jelle Jaspar, adviser of member of Parliament Thijs Reuten (MA Philosophy)
17:00 'Journalism': Aïda Brands, NOS Correspondent Belgium/Luxembourg NATO and European Union 

(BA Franse taal en cultuur, MA Journalism and New Media)

16:30 Group picture and drinks

*Note that the speakers work in a political and dynamic environment. It could happen that one of them needs to be somewhere else last minute. 


Motivation and registration

To participate, we would like you to write a short motivation (max. 150 words), which you can fill in on the registration form (closed). State what expectations you have for this working visit, and why you might want to work for the EU. Also think about a question you want an answer to.  
Please note! There is room for a maximum of 30 students from the Faculty of Humanities. 

The registration is closed. It is possible to register for the waiting list in case there are students who can’t make it. Selection will be based on motivation and proposed question.

We look forward to meeting you on the 29th of February 2023!


We will be happy to assist you with the travel costs. You can submit these afterwards up to a maximum of € 25 with receipts/proof of travel costs. 

Tip: you can travel to Brussels with Flixbus for less than € 25. 

After registration

You will be notified by 21 December 2023 at the latest whether you have been selected. This enables you to make travel arrangements on time. After selection we'll also ask you for your passport/ID details. Details regarding the logistics of the work visit, such as the exact location, will be shared in January 2024.

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