The Freedom and Space to Develop Skills


Claudia Valdivielso with the European School of Political and Social Sciences, Institut Catholique de Lille, France, shared her experience as SDA intern:

My internship at the Association for the development of Sofia (SDA) started in May 2019 and lasted for four weeks. I was expected to apply my knowledge of my European political science studies to the formation of diverse projects led by the association. My supervisor would brief me with a project that was being worked on and assign me to a specific task. For example, with the INTEGRA project, I worked with the identification, editing and proof reading of good practices and on project communications. Moreover, I developed a video material that was then published on the project website.

The third week of my internship I was able to work directly with Green Sofia, a project within SDA aiming at Sofia’s smart and green policies. I assisted with the project communications in the social media and helped with the filling and understanding of the Green European Capital Award candidature.

Concerning the SofiaLab programming, I have had the opportunity to attend and assist with event organization of focus groups, press conferences, trainings, including documentation, technical support, feedback and communications.

This experience is preparing me in a number of ways from office day-to-day activities, to working with deadlines, to gaining knowledge from hands on training. I have learned how a municipal office operates, and how to network with the different departments I've been exposed to. I've been able to apply the knowledge learned in university courses to real life problems and truly understand the programs and tools that aid in the professional world.

Thank you, SDA, for having me as an intern this summer. It has been a pleasure working with you and I hope to be able to cooperate with you again soon!