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Marta Subataitė

Vilnius University, Institute of International Relations and Political Science


What have you gained from your internship? Marta

What key skills do you feel you have developed?

Once again, I proved myself that there is no such thing as “obvious”. You should always consult with somebody if they understood it as you intended.
Moreover, you should not underestimate yourself because people might really enjoy your ideas. Just be brave enough to voice them.
Last but not least, people will smile back at you if you give them a smile. Hence, you should always prepare for the worst but expect the best because a smile can mean a great deal in contact.

What made you happy about your internship?

1. The way my colleagues welcomed me, the way everyone was keen on helping me and giving advice.
It is quite frantic to be in an “unknown territory” where everyone has their way of doing things; nonetheless, in VA the “dive” was super smooth.
2. The people I met in general.
3. The appreciation of my input and work here.
4. Support and comprehension during events and initiatives.
5. My mentor.
6. The fact that I will be missed.


Suggestions for future interns

These are probably applicable generally in life but my tips would be:
1. Trust yourself and do not be afraid to voice your opinion while remaining humble.
2. You get what you give.
3. Make sure to double-check things you understood since common knowledge is not common.