Former Interns

Ms Diana Dascălu (23, Romania) worked 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.


Ms. Mariella Biegeler (Germany) worked as an intern at the Concepts, Interoperability and Capability (CIC) branch of the CCOE from January to March 2018. She focused 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.


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