European Parliament saluted me

Farid Rajabov 

As a bachelor student, for me, an internship was obligatory in order to graduate. But at the beginning, it was not that easy to find an appropriate spot. After a long research, I got an offer from YouthProAktiv (, an international organization that aims to create a generation of proactive individuals ready to invest their talents for the betterment of society by starting their own business and creating jobs for themselves and the others. It was a coalition of young people promoting a culture of pro-activity and entrepreneurship in education and policy.

After the election, I was told that the organization is based within the office of the EP in Brussels, Belgium. This was really exciting news, as I have never been to Belgium.

During my internship period, I had a chance to visit the EU institutions based in Brussels, visited some other cities, including Leuwen and Ghent. Also, I met MEPs, participated in different EP and Brussels based events, and practically saw the work of the EU institutions.

Writing articles for the webpage of the organization, doing research according to the given tasks improved my skills in these fields. Based on my tasks, I was sending e-mails to congressmen and senators in the USA and this improved my official e-mail writing skills. I really gained a lot during this internship and ready to share my experiences with other students as well.

My advice for prospective students would be, first of all, apply the never give up principle in your life. And later on, try to find the most suitable and productive place, as the internship will make an impact on future job career.



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