In March 2016, a group of MSc Politics and Government in the EU students arranged networking visits to the European Commission and the Committee of the Regions, and even attended the European Internships Fair. Timo Klein, (MSc PEoE Student Representative) & Annabelle Laferrère (MSc ID Student Representative) report:
"The trip was a great success! With a group of 37 students, mostly ID and PEoE students, we left for Brussels by Eurostar on Wednesday evening. On Thursday morning we visited the European Commission, where we got lectures from the DG Economic and Financial Affairs, from the European External Action Service and, lastly, on the workings of the Commission in general. Afterwards, we split up in sub-groups to visit three think-tanks during the first round of in-house events: CEPS, EPC and FEPS. In the evening we had a reception organised by the LSE Alumni Association in Belgium. Friday's programme consisted of the LSE Careers European Internship Fair in the morning, and again in-house visits in subgroups in the afternoon, with participants visiting Hill+Knowlton Strategies, TEPSA and BUSINESSEUROPE. Afterwards, we went for drinks in the well-known Delirium café in the centre of Brussels, where we also met with the PGEU group in Brussels. Saturday there was no fixed programme and participants were free to do what they wanted. Some went to museums or went sightseeing, others were more occupied with recovering from the night before. During the weekend the group slowly dissolved, with most people travelling home. On Sunday, we had to leave the hostel and with a small part of the group we returned to London by bus'."
We are delighted that the Brussels trip has now become a tradition for our EI students and it's organised on a yearly basis.