Katerina's input as an Interreg Reporter

Hi and welcome to my IVY experience talk!

First, check the short comic that I created to introduce myself:

Short comic called 'Meet Katerina'. All pictures in the background show the most famous sites in Budapest and were taken by me.

"Life consists of a long chain of coincidences." And I couldn't agree more with this Jostein Gaarder's quote. My whole IVY experience as a Communication intern for the Danube Transnational Programme started by coincidence. I got to know about the internship thanks to my dear friend and previous DTP intern Enrico whom I met earlier in Estonia (him being Italian, me being Czech and us meeting in Estonia sounds like a funny story itself). We were both gaining new experience there as interns at our embassies, we quickly became friends and luckily stayed in touch. A year later, thanks to his recommendation and only kind words about his experience, I decided to apply. And here I am!

Space for creativity

I help the DTP team with communication, managing the website and social media content. I also create info graphics, solve minor communication issues and step by step gain further knowledge about the programme structure and functioning. I study Political science and Journalism at Masaryk University and therefore I am trying to put the knowledge about communication and regional policies into practise.

My internship covers the exceptional period of planning a new programme period 2021-2027, amongst others its priorities, objectives and communication strategy. I am grateful for taking part in shaping the future of transnational cooperation in the Danube Region.

I enjoy working from the office way more than from home, especially when the office is located right next to the Chain bridge.

Due to the second Covid outbreak in autumn, all the events take place online and I mostly work from home. I believe no online conference can replace actual meeting in person, however, we all have to respect the safety measure and not underestimate the seriousness of the situation.

Last but not least, I would like to give huge thanks to each one of my incredibly kind and helpful colleagues who always try to include me in the decision-making process, advice me regarding the tasks and overall make my internship experience great.

Programme co-funded by European Union funds (ERDF, IPA, ENI)