Current Interns

Ms. Neža Zajc (Slovenia) has started an internship at CIMIC in September 2017. First, she participated in the CCOE conducted NATO CIMIC Field/Staff Worker Course and then continued her work at the Concepts, Interoperability, and Capability (CIC) branch. During her internship she will focus on research, work, organization and support of the Community of Interest Conference, which will take place in May 2018 in Rome/Italy. The topic of this unique conference will be the Strategic Direction South Initiative projecting stability.
Neža graduated in Political Sciences – Defence Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences in Ljubljana/ Slovenia in 2015. Her thesis focused on the attitude of educated Turkish youth towards Syrian refugees; the perception of jeopardy and their standpoint in the context of multiculturalism.

During her bachelors she participated in the Erasmus Student’s Exchange Programme in Istanbul/ Turkey, where she studied International Relations at the Marmara University (2014). From October 2016 until July 2017 she underwent an internship at the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Slovenia to the European Union in Brussels/ Belgium, where she was involved in the legislative process of the European Union (EU), especially in working groups on external relations of the EU and migrations. Currently, she is finishing her master’s degree at the same chair and writing her master’s thesis about security implications of the recent migration crisis on the EU and its relation with Turkey.



Ms. Eva Mattes (Germany) works as an intern at the Concepts, Interoperability and Capability (CIC) branch of the CCOE from October to December 2017. There she supports the CIC-staff members in their task concerning their topic utilizing the concept Building Integrity into practical use.

She has been studying Political Science and Sociology at the Ruprecht-Karls University in Heidelberg/Germany since October 2015.  In the past, she completed an internship at the German Atlantic Association in Berlin/ Germany, where she supported the organization of a variety of events concerning NATO and transatlantic security.

Eva is a member of the Forum for international Security Heidelberg/ Germany, organizing discussions and talks on international security issues. Moreover, she was part of a team planning the Heidelberger Symposium 2017, an interdisciplinary student initiative in Germany. Apart from that, she worked as a student assistant supporting a project concerning diffusion, learning, and cooperation in managing transnational conflicts.

Her academic interests focus on international relations as well as foreign and security policy.