The internships, aimed at Tibetans who are over the age of 20 and have completed high school, start separately on March 1st and May 23rd and both last four weeks. They aim to provide Tibetan youths with a firsthand exposure to working in a multi-cultural environment, which is often denied to them, according to many Tibetan organizations in Europe. The interns will work alongside the MEP staff members to give them an in-depth understanding of the inner working of the European Parliament and the other EU institutions at large. They will also get to travel to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France once or twice during the four weeks for the plenary sessions there.
Rigzin Choedon Genkhang, from the Bureau du Tibet, told The Tibet Post International that internships aim to provide Tibetans crucial opportunities to succeed in the struggling employment market in Europe, "As Tibetans are stateless, many opportunities are out of reach to even the most brilliant of our youths and through such small initiatives as this internship opportunity, we would like to address these needs in an effective way and to empower them with valuable working experiences."
"We would like to hope that this will be a great stepping stone for our interns' future work prospects and that they will be able to use the experience gained in this multi-cultural organization and the network they have developed during the four weeks in their future careers and why not in the development of our community," she added.