Interview with our intern Jochen Geilenkirchen

Jochen Geilenkirchen Enlarge image Jochen Geilenkirchen (© Jochen Geilenkirchen)

Jochen Geilenkirchen worked as an intern between July and September 2017 at the Consulate General. Upon his return to Germany he will continue his Master’s degree in International Studies / Peace- and Conflict-Research at Frankfurt University.

We are very thankful for his active support and the interview he gave us at the end of his internship. It was a great pleasure to work with Mr. Geilenkirchen!

CG: In which areas have you worked during your internship? Which were your main tasks?

JG: I mainly worked in the cultural section of the Consulate, actively supporting the organization of two film festivals in Vancouver. I was responsible for the monthly newsletter and the Consulate’s social media channel; I helped organizing an event on the occasion of the German Federal Election and worked on other issues around the election - for example explaining the election procedures to Germans in Western Canada.
Another task during my internship was writing a report about the climate and energy politics in the Western Canadian provinces for the Foreign Office in Berlin. Further on I was also involved in organizing a research stay for Canadian guests in Germany and making various enquiries regarding this topic. Besides, I also had the opportunity to look into the work of the consular and legal department of the Consulate.

CG: Which tasks/projects did you find most interesting during your internship?

JG: Besides the very interesting work on British Columbia’s climate and energy politics, I appreciated learning more about politics in Canada and its provinces. I was positively surprised how independent I could work during my time in Vancouver and how I was trusted with different tasks from the very beginning. I also liked that I had the feeling that my work was highly valued.

CG: In which ways do you think the internship will help you in your future studies?

JG: As my master’s degree focusses on international relations, it was very interesting to get an insight into German-Canadian cooperation and its possibilities, but also the limitations of diplomatic work in a country Germany has strong political and economic ties with. Besides, I have been thinking about the diplomatic service as a career opportunity for some time and the internship helps me to make a decision in this regard.

CG: Do you have any recommendations for other students who are interested in an internship at a German diplomatic mission?

JG: It is very important to contribute your own ideas and to work independently. This will guarantee that the internship will be a successful and interesting experience.

CG: Thank you very much for the interview!

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