As my internship is coming to an end, I’ve been reflecting on my time in Zagreb. Although I was very excited to spend my time in a different country this summer and having my very first internship, my expectations were low. So low, that I came to Croatia thinking my job would basically just be making coffee in a cool location. But luckily, I was wrong. From the first day, I was working on tasks that were not only interesting to me, but also very important to the organization. I learned a lot about politics and the society in Croatia, the history of the Balkans, and the everyday work of NGOs. I learned that to work with an NGO, you need your brain just as much as you need your body because the work is exhausting – both mentally and physically. Another thing I learned is that the work at NGOs is highly diverse. The tasks I was assigned ranged from doing research for my supervisors’ policy proposals to translating and proofreading documents and online content. I even created posters and banners for protests! However, not all the experiences I had were positive. My everyday life at work at times severely lacked structure, and my workload ranged from not doing a lot in the first week to being completely overworked towards the end of my internship. Luckily, I managed to resolve all these issues. Overall, working with this organization was a great experience and has taught me a lot about myself and my future career aspirations. Everyday I spent working here, I was thinking about how fortunate I am to have this opportunity and to live in such an incredible city.
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