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Malte Reske

MA in Security and Diplomacy, Tel Aviv University

Period of internship: Sep 02, 2019 - Feb 14, 2020

Interning at the Center for the Study of Democracy’s Security Program has been a fascinating experience. From the beginning, I was given the impression to be part of the institute’s highly distinguished team. My advisor granted me a lot of latitude in approaching the long-term assignments allowing me to immerse myself freely into any given topic. Moreover, I was supported in my own research and career by fellow interns and CSD’s staff. I am grateful to all of them for having taught me so much.

Tasks were very diverse. For example, I was given a three-months assignment on researching a new approach to parts of the European Union’s Anti-Drug Strategy, but I also participated in ambassador briefings and an international conference. The Center’s work really is about building bridges – not only between academia and social practise, but between people.

Finally, Sofia is an intriguing place to live being multifaceted and allowing me an intense, albeit brief, insight into life in Eastern Europe. I also had the chance to explore Bulgaria and its neighbours during my stay. Hence, I can only highly recommend an internship at the CSD, also because every outstanding intern is considered a potential future employee.


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