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Thomas Bakratsas

Master in Philosophy, Politics and Economics in Med (PPE), University of Bari Aldo Moro; Bachelor in Political Science, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Period of internship: Sep 10 - Dec 31, 2019

I worked at the Economic Program of CSD immediately after the completion of my Master studies. In particular, I primarily focused on the field of hidden economy and undeclared work, and I occasionally assisted my department with regard to energy efficiency and sustainability policies. Throughout my internship period, I had the chance to put into practice my academic competencies and practise my English language skills, further improving both of them. Even though the conditions were often pressing and the tasks challenging, CSD offered me a unique chance to prepare myself for the future reality of working in a high-quality and demanding agency, and taught me how to deliver desired outcomes.

Moreover, the personnel of the organisation has always been friendly, professional and very helpful, demonstrating readiness to guide me throughout every new task, hence cultivating an environment of reciprocal respect. I must also stress the support from other fellow interns, as well as the fact that I never experienced malevolent competition during my tasks. As such, the social environment of the organisation enabled me to further develop my personal character and provided me the opportunity to meet people from different countries, thus engaging me in a truly multicultural context. Consequently, I would absolutely recommend a CSD internship to every graduate or postgraduate student as a critical step for their professional, as well as personal, development.

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