Search for internship in UBC member cities
Fausto Zaccaro, soon to be graduate student of European Politic and Integration enrolled at the University of Padua, is looking for an internship at the UBC member cities.
His letter to the member cities:
My name is Fausto Zaccaro and I am a soon to be graduate student of European Politic and Integration enrolled at the University of Padua. Before progressing with my studies, I want to engage directly with forums of international cooperation to further consolidate my knowledge on multi-level governance, that is why I am looking for an internship at the UBC member cities.
Last year I spent an academic year in Latvia with the Erasmus exchange programme, it allowed me to meet and share perspectives of countless of topics regarding the EU and the international relations system, while also enjoying my time abroad in an international environment. During my time there, I wrote loads of academic papers in an array that spaced from position papers to case studies and technical in-depth analysis, by myself and in group, and in the latter case I mastered both to follow directions, and to divide and manage tasks. During my time there I got to know the intricated arrays of international organisations and forums present in the Baltic sea region both at the national and subnational levels, researching and writing about them (UBC, CBSS, HELCOM, NDI, etc…).
Conversely to Latvia, in my home-university I took part in an academic project about smart cities, focusing on Oslo, in the framework of local systems in the European governance. Additionally, I am writing my thesis on the strength and weaknesses of the Baltics in the EU, articulating their role in the foreign policy environment of the European Neighbourhood Policy as mediators and regarding their energy security threatening relations with Russia in English language. This summer I volunteered in Germany, where an initial position of secretary integrated with some field work, evolved to a project advisor one, where I dealt with spatial planning’s regulations both national and European. During that time, I learnt to work under-pressure and with strict deadlines, while providing effective and punctual work over which my team and my boss were counting on. I consolidated my ability to study hard without losing focus and to navigate into legislative regulations after a little period of acquaintance, both in English and German language.
In my working experience as waiter and promoter I learnt to be effective when communicating with strangers and developed self-confidence. My mother tongue is Italian, however, due to early English studies, I reached a high proficiency level that allows me to communicate without typical strong Italian accent and to naturally switch language. The proficiency is certified by an IELTS 7.0 taken two years ago, which convinces me that after the exchange period I improved even more. Furthermore, I am also an independent user of the German language (B2), certified by successfully passing a university’s 9 ECTS exam (score 27/30) and further consolidated by taking part in the volunteering period in Germany. Additionally, I am also a basic user of the Spanish language (A2), learnt during middle school, it is not certified but usable due to the shared language-root with my mother tongue.
Among my interests, stand out the energy and the industrial policies, field that I will much probably expand during my further studies, however I am very keen to develop new areas of attraction.
Since my enrolment at the university I developed my identity as European which further increased my belief on the indispensability of the EU both as peacekeeper and cooperation enhancer. Next year I will progress my study by choosing a master in European Studies in the field of administration and further integration abroad. Before my master, I both want and need (admission requirement) an internship in a multicultural environment and projected in cross-border cooperation.