Policy traineeship 2022
What was your role at SolarPower Europe?
I was a Policy Intern, working within the Policy Team on energy files relevant for our members.
Why did you apply for the position at SolarPower Europe?
I had just finished my B.A. in International Relations at George Washington University and I was seeking practical experience in EU policy. I had always been interested in lobbying and curious to learn about how renewable energy policy was made in practice. Not only that, but I realized the Brussels would be the ideal place to gain exposure to these interests and inform my choice for a future master’s degree.
What were your main tasks at SolarPower Europe?
I worked mainly on EU solar manufacturing policy, supporting SolarPower Europe’s leadership at the intersection of business and policymaking with the goal of positively influencing EU policies for the industry and the planet. I closely monitored the political discourse on key industrial policy files, organized webinars and CEO meetings, and wrote internal and member-oriented position papers on EU funding instruments.
What did you enjoy the most about working at SolarPower Europe?
I think the mission-driven work environment coupled with fascinating topic areas was the best part. People were very kind and encouraging, always ready to give constructive feedback, and gave me the freedom to take ownership of projects. For me, the work struck the right balance between technical policy analysis and the exciting political advocacy side.
What did you find most challenging?
I think it was sometimes challenging to prioritize tasks, because unexpected events sometimes required us to adapt on the fly. Figuring out strategically the best way to manage projects is definitely a skill that I developed during my time at SPE.
How has the SolarPower Europe traineeship helped your career?
The opportunities at SPE helped me enormously. I was able to expand my network in the EU energy policy field, and I also gained a crash course on EU policymaking and energy policy specifically. The time period of early 2022 was pivotal for the EU energy space, and through that experience I feel especially confident in my ability to be resilient in the future.