Current Interns

Ms. Mariella Biegeler (Germany) works as an intern at the Concepts, Interoperability and Capability (CIC) branch of the CCOE from January to March 2018. She will focus during her time at CCOE on Building Integrity and its practical application.

Mariella has been studying International Relations and Management (BA) at the Ostbayerische-Technische-Hochschule Regensburg/ Germany since October 2015. During her integrated practical semester abroad, she spent two months as an intern at the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva/ Switzerland, focusing on The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and development organizations such as Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS and The Global Polio Eradication Initiative as well as two months at the Syria and Iraq Office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation in Beirut/ Lebanon.

She completed her semester abroad at the Ecole de Gouvernance et d’Economie in Rabat/ Morocco, while also supporting the Regional Program for Climate Change and Energy Security of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation in Rabat.

She developed an interest in the CCOE and its work through her participation at NATO biggest CIMIC Exercise JOINT COOPERATION 2016 in Nienburg/ Germany. During this exercise, she had the opportunity to gain first insights into Civil-military cooperation. In order to build on these experiences and deepen her knowledge about CIMIC, she applied for the CCOE internship.


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.


Mr. Luca Marro (Italy) started an internship in Lessons Learned & Analysis Branch (LL&A) in the CCOE in January 2018.

He had completed his studies in 2016 after successfully achieving first the Bachelor degree in Political Science at University of Naples Federico II and then the Master of Arts in International Relations – with focus on Europe – at Durham University (England).

The Master dissertation title was “The Ambiguity of Russia: Critical Assessment of the position of the Responsibility to Protect within Russia foreign policy”. The thesis focused on three case studies: NATO military intervention in Libya, Russian Crimea invasion, and Syrian civil chaos. After the completion of the Master degree he was selected to work as an intern on NATO strategic level (SHAPE) in the J9 division. He spent one year in the CIMIC Liaison Branch and consistently expanded his knowledge on Civil-Military Cooperation from NATO perspective.

Following this working experience he will currently be mainly responsible for content development and organization management of CCOE ́s Analysis makes the difference Workshop in October 2018.