Today is our intern Carlo Zarcone’s last day.  While we will miss him greatly as a colleague and a friend, we wish him the very best in his future endeavours. We would also like to thank him for this short testimonial he wrote about his time at White. Go forth and conquer Carlo. We will definitely hear more from you in the future.  

As a recent graduate in International Affairs, specialized in Transatlantic Relations, I always dreamt of a career in EU Affairs. So I was really excited when I learned that I was offered an internship as an analyst at White. As many of my fellow Political Science/EU Studies graduates know, the EU affairs job market is extremely competitive, even more so during a crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic. This is why I am grateful that White believed in me and my potential. This was my first work experience after my studies, and I could not have asked for a better one.

Diverse workload

As an Analyst, I was mainly involved in the Communications and Stakeholder Engagement section and the EU Studies department. For the former, I worked on multiple public affairs tasks related to our clients in the tech and food and drink sectors. This included drafting newsletter content and social media posts, updating master calendars and stakeholders’ lists, and helping organize workshops and events.

I also had the opportunity to contribute to a number of tender proposals for the EU Studies department as well as work on the implementation phase of these projects. These proposals were on very diverse topics such as technology (blockchain), sustainability (Greening Ports).

Work independently

What I particularly enjoyed about working at White was that I truly felt that my supervisors trusted me and let me work independently on important tasks and projects, while at the same time always checking the end result and  being there to guide and help me if needed.

Since my first day here at White, I can confidently say that I have grown significantly both on a professional and a personal level. At the end of my internship, I feel ready to pursue my career ambitions in the EU Affairs field. I know that I would not have acquired as much experience as I did if I had been interning at a bigger company where interns may not get the chance to be as hands-on as I have been able to. Not only did White provide me with tremendous opportunities to hone my skills and learn every day, but it did so while making me feel at home, thanks to the friendly and inclusive work environment.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the incredibly talented people at White. I will definitely miss our interactions both inside and outside the office. And to whomever is looking for an enriching internship opportunity in the EU Affairs sector, I could not recommend it enough. Next destination, Lisbon.

Carlo Zarcone (former) Analyst at White

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