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  • The Role
  • The Company
  • The Culture

Role Description

Monitoring legislative developments, drafting position papers on legislation, updating roadmaps to keep track of legislation for specific sectors, attending meetings of the European Parliament, business development activities.

    The Role

  • 1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
  • Sometimes the work was interesting, other times it was extremely monotonous


  • 2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
  • The other intern was a great friend. But while the partner said I was a valued part of the team, I never really felt like that.


  • 3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
  • I was often told to be a self-starter or to use my imagination rather than being given real guidance. There was no formal training given.


  • 4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
  • I usually made my own work to do when there was not a lot going on, some clients had monitoring that needed to be done every day so there was always something to be done but sometimes I finished all the valuable work quite early. Other times I was called upon to do research which kept me until late at night.


  • 5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
  • My work was used for client meetings, in meetings with European Commission officials and internally with other partners.


  • 6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
  • I definitely learned a lot, even if a lot of it was self-taught.


    The Company

  • 7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
  • Myself and one other intern had a good time together but no one else really socialised with us.


  • 8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
  • There was no formal training and it all felt a bit disjointed, it was up to me to carve out a space for myself and establish a workstream.


  • 9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
  • 1/5

  • 10. What were the perks on your work placement?
  • Above 25 days holiday


  • 11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
  • I might be able to look for a job at the London office, but I would need to get a masters degree before looking into positions in continental Europe.


    The Culture

  • 12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
  • The other intern is a very good friend of mine but the attitude of the office generally was quite cold and unwelcoming.


  • 13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
  • I paid 560 euros per month for a studio in a house within walking distance.


  • 14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
  • the nightlife in Brussels was good, different from the UK because it's more about bars than clubs, but we always had a lot of fun.


  • 15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
  • There was quite an exclusiveness about activities outside of work, interns were not very welcome.


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Placement Year (10 Months+)

Commercial Law, Corporate Law, E-Business, Internet/e-Commerce/New Media, Legal/Law, Market Research

14th July 2013

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