Current Interns

Ms. Filipa Gonçalves (Portugal) works as an intern at the Lessons Learned & Analysis (LL&A) Branch from January to April 2018.

Filipa holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science and International Relations from the Institute for Political Studies – Catholic University of Portugal and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from the University of Minho.

She has interned at the Portuguese Military Academy, at the Consulate-General of Portugal in Barcelona and at the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean. During her time at the CCOE she will focus on the revision of CCOE’s Quality Assurance Plan/Procedures/Policies, assist on the capturing observations on specific topics in order to develop Lessons Identified or best practices and support the preparation of the takeover of the Federated Mission Network project


Ms Diana Dascălu (23, Romania) works as an intern in the Concepts, Interoperability, and Capability (CIC) Branch, from August to November 2018.
Diana recently graduated with an MA in International Security and Terrorism from the University of Nottingham/ United Kingdom, with a Master’s thesis focused on terrorist groups’ strategies of legitimation in front of relevant audiences. Diana’s academic experience is grounded in Social and Cultural Psychology, and in International Relations and Security, with education received both in the United Kingdom and United States.

Throughout her studies, Diana gained relevant work experience in several security- and military-related domains, particularly in research and analysis. For example, Diana completed a research internship at the Cline Center for Advanced Social Research/ United States, where she analyzed the causes and implications of ethnic and religious conflict, with geographical emphasis on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and the Caucasus. Later on, while employed as a Research Associate at the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation, and Security/ United Kingdom, Diana conducted research on hybrid warfare, particularly on terrorism/ counterterrorism and insurgency/ counterinsurgency. While there, she also contributed to writing a report on hybrid warfare in “grey zone” conflicts, commissioned by the US Pentagon Joint Staff. Diana also previously interned with NATO’s SHAPE, where she was trained as an analyst, focused on the Middle East.

Following completion of her Master’s degree, Diana started an internship with CIMIC COE, where she will focus on revising the Rule of Law Makes Sense publication. Diana hopes that the experience in CIMIC will bring her a broader and more comprehensive understanding of civil-military interaction and cooperation, especially in the context of military operations.


Ms. Geovanna Giannini de Araujo  (Brazil) works as an intern at the Concepts, Interoperability and Capability (CIC) Branch of the CCOE since August 2018. During her time at the Centre, her focus is to review the ‘Good Governance Makes Sense’ publication.

Geovanna is an International Relations (BA) student at the Institute of International Relations of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro/ Brazil (IRI/PUC-Rio). In 2018 she worked as a junior researcher on human rights, sustainable development and housing for the United Nations Human Settlements Program in Cabo Verde, Africa. In this position, she could learn and exercise her abilities on cooperation between actors at local, national and international levels.

She had the opportunity to be part of a research team to take advanced studies in the Brazilian Peace Operations Joint Training Center (CCOPAB) during the year of 2017. Geovanna helped IRI/PUC-Rio, in the context of the Brazilian Research Network on Peace Operations (REBRAPAZ), being responsible for gathering information regarding the Brazilian peacekeeping engagement, with particular focus on the protection of civilians and gender issues. At the same year, she was invited to represent her university in the Armed Forces Headquarters in Brasilia – Brazil capital.

She attend several courses and workshops, like the Integrated Protection of Civilians workshop in 2017, at the Brazilian Superior War College, with the theme being “The work of the various deployed institutions in operations under the aegis of international organizations to promote protection of civilians in unstable environments”. Geovanna was also a participant at the CCOPAB Civil-Military Coordination Course in 2016, which was part of the preparation of the 26th Brazilian Contingent to the United Nations Mission Stabilization in Haiti, along with the peacekeepers.

Geovanna hopes her experience in the CCOE can bring her a broader knowledge about CIMIC and in all of the cross-cutting topics related to it.