The young professionals from all over Europe, who came to visit Salzburg on the 17 und 18 of June 2016, share two things: interest in European politics and memories of their internship at the IRE.
The Alumni Meeting was organized by the IRE in order to stay in contact with the former interns and to give them the opportunity to get to know each other and exchange experiences with like-minded people. Since the IRE´s founding 12 years ago almost 250 interns have completed an internship at the headquarters in Salzburg.
After a brief welcome at the IRE office by IRE Chairman Prof. Dr. Franz Schausberger, the group paid a visit to the Salzburg Regional Parliament, where they engaged in a discussion with President Dr. Brigitta Pallauf. Afterwards the IRE-Team invited the former interns to the Salzburg Museum for an exhibition on the 200th anniversary of Salzburg as part of Austria. Vivid talks and the exchange of experiences continued during the relaxing atmosphere at dinner.
The group enjoyed the sunny weather on Saturday to take a walk along the city mountain Mönchsberg and enjoy the beautiful panoramic view of Salzburg. The Museum der Moderne is situated on top of the Mönchsberg, where a guided tour was offered through contemporary art exhibitions. It was great to see many familiar faces and to learn more on the whereabouts and careers of our former interns. Many of the IRE-alumni now work at ministries in Vienna, consulting companies in Germany, at various universities in Europe, or at the European institutions in Strasbourg and Brussels.
The IRE offers internships to students from all over Europe and has also a cooperation agreement with the Salzburg College, where students from the United States apply for an internship at the IRE. The internship gives interns an insight into the daily work of a NGO and furthermore, promotes research activities.
photos: IRE & Neumayr/Leo