International law and international studies major Kate Semmler worked as an office assistant for the Euro-Gulf Information Center in Rome. She assisted with conferences and worked on journals and publications for the organization.
The Euro-Gulf Information Center is an initiative that builds socio-political, strategic, cultural and economic bridges between the people of Europe and the Arabian Gulf.
“I wish I had known how big the cultural difference would be. Working overseas was much more difficult because not only was the work itself challenging, but the culture and language barriers were tough to overcome at first,” she said.
The organization draws on the expertise of scholars, policymakers, economists and members of European and Gulf civil societies to enhance inter-regional relations through various activities, including acting as a publishing hub, organizing seminars, conferences, dialogues and roundtables, and offering traineeships for university students and graduates to help develop their organizational, writing, presentation, analytical and innovative-thinking skills and to prepare them for careers in related fields.
“The best part was making international contacts within my interest regions and being able to listen to politicians from abroad speak on interesting topics at the center,” Kate said.