So here it is, the ultimate placement blog! I am not being egocentric and implying this is THE BEST blog about placements (that’s a matter of opinion). No, I mean ultimate in terms of the final, last, terminal, conclusive blog post regarding my time at Sense about Science EU. I am constructing this on my ultimate day in my ultimate hour so I may get a little soppy and self-reflective but hey, its been an experience!
Those of you who have been following my experiences at Sense about Science EU will know that in my first week I went to European Parliament and was ever so excited. This week I attended my second parliament event. It seems rather fitting that I visited parliament in both my first and final weeks. Although I was just as eager (and still managed to get lost) I found I approached the event with a new found confidence. In my first week I was keen to alert people to the fact I had just started at Sense about Science EU (which was my British way of implying ‘please do not not to ask me any important or tricky questions’). The second time however I found myself much more confident during the event. Having a better understanding of Sense about Science’s ethos (and having met a lot of people in science comms) I felt I could have a more natural conversation surrounding what people were working on and how it might link with Sense about Science EU.
I have to admit, I found myself a little sad signing off contact with the members of the public who are working on the Evidence Matters campaign. One of the favoured parts of the internship was learning about the people ‘on the front line’ who are affected by policy changes. Chatting with them to develop and listen to their stories about why evidence is important to them has, without a doubt, been the best part of this internship. It means I have communicated with a variety of individuals fighting for a variety of causes. These diverse people have taught me a lot, not just about where the policy doesn’t quite work, but also about different cultures, nationalities, languages and the different issues we are challenged with in Europe.
Overall, interning at Sense about Science has been extremely rewarding. Working for an organisation that has such a clear ethos and encourages others to pursue that ethos is great. The director of Sense about Science EU, Sofie, has been an inspiring and supportive mentor, on both work related issues and general life matters. To anyone considering working in science comms, I would wholly recommend spending some time at Sense about Science EU for some genuine and enjoyable experiences (both professional and social) and if not for that, do it for those Belgian waffles!