Anne did her internship at the Dutch Permanent Representative to the United Nations organizations in Rome.
Representing the Netherlands
“I think that in getting this internship, it helped that I study at Wageningen University. I represented the Netherlands in work-groups, in which I had to give my opinion and discuss about how we could reorganize FAO (Food and Agricultural Organization of the U.N.) policies. The Dutch delegation for which I worked is very small so I was very involved with almost everything that happened at the embassy. I assisted with all sorts of tasks: I attended meetings of the organizations; wrote summaries of the meetings for the ambassador and the Ministry in the Netherlands. What was very interesting too was that I had to represent the Netherlands in some of the working groups composed of different EU delegations. I also had to write a discussion paper about bio-fuels and food security, for which I did a lot of interviews with people from FAO and IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development) about the impact of bio-fuels on food security on a global level.
The diplomatic life
I learnt a lot from seeing how this organization works from up close. I learned what it is like to work at a big professional organization, where you don’t live the 9.00-17.00 life, have to write structured reports, and have to move in the diplomatic circle. I really learned how to perform in this diplomatic world and how to network. I liked my experience at the embassy. I discovered during my internship that I could work under pressure and deal with all sorts of different tasks: this is the best time to figure out what you could do after the study."