During her master’s Metropolitan Analysis, Design & Engineering (MADE) Marijke gained experience in the work field with her internship. After graduating she was hired at the same company as a stakeholder engagement consultant.
Since you graduated, what kind of jobs did you have?
My MADE internship and master’s thesis were done at the environmental and engineering consultancy company Witteveen+Bos. Later I was hired here as a stakeholder engagement consultant.
The internship familiarized me with how a company operates and provided the opportunity to delve into a topic that was relevant in the field today. My thesis explored the effect that online participatory platforms have on urban redevelopment projects. I continue to use this knowledge daily in my work.
Is this what you always wanted to be? And what are your future goals?
Growing up I was fascinated with maps, flags, and city planning. During my bachelor’s Spatial Planning and Design I realised I wanted to focus on making cities more sustainable and inclusive. This is why MADE was a perfect fit.
I believe that cities should not only be made for people but together with people. Residents in cities know their own environment best and therefor can add great value to improve their neighbourhood.
The emergence of e-participation tools and platforms facilitates accessible citizen participation. By using both online and offline participatory methods, a larger and more diverse group of people can be reached. This way a more representative view of what inhabitants truly want can be formed, and better decisions can be made by civil servants.
My career allows me to help stimulate the growth of e-participation, a field in which I believe we will see many changes shortly.
How did your time at the AMS Institute prepare you for your career?
MADE and the AMS Institute played a large role in preparing me for my career. Two years of collaborating with passionate and ambitious students, who were focused on sustainability, truly was very inspirational.
During the programme I was also active outside of the classroom. Together with three of my peers I founded study association MADE IT. And currently I am a MADE alumni ambassador.
Above all, the living lab case I worked on for DGTL festival was very rewarding. Working at DGTL for half a year, collaborating with a wide range of stakeholders and delivering a product was effectively on-the-job training. I continue to benefit from skills gained during the living lab in my day-to-day working life, such as how to organise co-creation sessions.
I look back my time at AMS institute with much satisfaction and am certain that the MADE alumni will stay in touch and form a valuable network.