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Julian-Alexis Kasapov

Bachelor’s in Global Studies, Gothenburg University-Sweden

Period of internship: Jan 27 - Apr 27, 2020

My responsibility at the Center for Study of Democracy was as an intern for the Economic Program and it lasted for three months. During this period, I had the opportunity of working on a wide range of projects and tasks such as research on foreign media influence on the Balkan peninsula; contacting ministries concerning anti-corruption surveys and finding previous research on climate skepticism. When I commenced my internship at the Center it struck me how the organization to some extent is very open, making it a great place for exchange of thoughts and opinions.

The staff and the board did their very best to take care of you and make you feel welcomed. CSD continuously brings new interns in, so you quickly realize that the cogs move quickly and it’s your responsibility to make yourself available and if necessary, go outside of your field to lend a helping hand where needed. The experience that I got from CSD will be something I bring with me for life, being able to participate in doing research and liberally discuss ideas and exchange a word or two with colleagues over the local coffee store’s espresso is one of the Center’s greatest advantages. Finally, I’d like to thank the whole team and all the interns for a memorable experience as well as urge future interns to take the opportunity of applying to CSD internship program because the stay in the charming city of Sofia and the work at CSD is something everyone will be lucky to take part of.

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