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.


Second Lieutenant Henrik Haeusler (OF-1, DEU) performed his internship within the Training & Education Branch at the Civil-Military Cooperation Centre of Excellence. He stayed there from August 13th to the end of September 2018. He contributed to the evaluation process of the upcoming CIMIC exercise JOINT COOPERATION 2018 in Nienburg/ Germany. Furthermore he supported the development of a Simulation Training for LANDCOM in Turkey. At the end of his internship he participated at the CIMIC Field & Staff Worker Course to get more insights into CIMIC topics. Since he did an internship within the CIMIC Centre of the German Armed Forces (Zentrum Zivil-Militaerische Zusammenarbeit der Bundeswehr) in Nienburg/ Germany two years ago, he got interested to see the working processes and procedures on the international level. The internship at the CCOE increased his interests on working in CIMIC after finishing the officer training.


Second Lieutenant Robin Goebel (OF-1, DEU) performed his internship within the Lessons Learned & Analysis Branch at the Civil-Military Cooperation Centre of Excellence, staying at The Hague from August to September 2018. He contributed to the preparation of the Workshop “Analysis Makes the Difference”, which is hosted by the CCOE in October 2018, and worked on the lectures of the Branch. Moreover, he was also part of the working group for creating the LANDCOM Simulation Training that primarily covers the Baltic security dynamics with regard to Russia and will be presented in Turkey later. Due to that, he obtained valuable research incentives for his Master thesis.


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.


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 was currently be mainly responsible for content development and organization management of CCOE ́s Analysis makes the difference Workshop in October 2018. » read more