Interview with Esther Eumann (EUNIC NL Intern)

This month, we introduce to you our intern, Esther Eumann. As the only person working solely for EUNIC Netherlands, our interns play an important part in coordinating the different cluster members. Esther started her internship in January this year for a six-month period. Find out more about what it means to be an intern at EUNIC Netherlands below.

  1. What role do you play in your institute/embassy?

I am the intern of EUNIC Netherlands. My everyday tasks are organizing the cluster meetings, and keeping our website and social media up to date. I am also responsible for our newsletter and serve as the first point of contact between the cluster members. I really enjoy my diverse working tasks: from drafting a speech for our president one day to designing a social media campaign the next. As EUNIC Netherlands has no office of their own, I have the benefit of hopping between the different institutes.

2. How do you contribute to EUNIC?

Next to my everyday tasks, I am also involved in several different working groups, where I help with the organization and promotion of our events. For example, I helped organize the launch of our FAIR P(L)AY cycle this month, which has been a great success. I also was part of the team putting together our programme at Go Short, the international short film festival in Nijmegen, where we organized a film screening and panel discussion about working across borders. Apart from that I am also involved in the organization of our flagship event the European Literature Night and part of the Anti-Racism and Diversity Working Group. I am very happy that our newsletter now includes a section where we share recommendations from that working groupIt is great to see that within EUNIC Netherlands there is so much attention to the key challenges of our sector and beyond, such as fair pay and fair practices and promoting inclusion and diversity, but also the Russia-Ukraine war, which will be the topic of the European Literature Night.

3. What is the best aspect about being a EUNIC Netherlands’ member?

I am really loving working together with so many different people from different backgrounds. In the last months, I have met many very inspiring colleagues who are working hard to make a difference in the cultural sector and bring a European perspective to the table and I think that really shows in the events we have planned the upcoming months. And it is always wonderful, when you see an event, that you have been working towards for quite some months, come together and be a success.