Though I was living in France, I spent the latter half of my semester crossing an international border to go to work everyday. I completed two internships in the small German town of Kehl; for my first internship, I worked at the European Consumer Centre — also known as the Centre Européen de la Consommation or Zentrum für Europäischen Verbraucherschutz — a binational organization focused on resolving cross-border litigations between EU consumers. Every EU state has its own consumer center to mitigate these issues, but the European Consumer Centre is the only binational organization in the entire EU structure, demonstrating the importance of Franco-German cooperation today.
My second internship was held at the Euro-Institut, an organization which supports trinational actors in the Upper Rhine region (think France, Germany and Switzerland) with cross-border projects and political collaboration. My main function in these two organizations was to serve as the native English speaker and assist the teams with finding accurate translations for all of their websites and publications. After graduation this May, I hope to continue doing translation work by pursuing a career in international relations.
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