Maurice Stette - Internship experience

Each year, several interns are supporting the CCOE within our main branches. Alongside their studies, the students can gather valuable information and experience to use in their thesis work. And, of course, we appreciate their input and efforts as well.

We would like to thank Maurice, one of our current interns, to share a few insights with you:

"In 2020/2021, COVID-19 clearly demonstrated the world's vulnerabilities, including NATO's, particularly with regard to the status of its resilience. Especially, it revealed that the resilience of NATO member countries depends not only on strong state institutions and a robust economic sector or strong military capabilities but also on a resilient society.

Therefore, I am currently conducting an exploratory interview study (Master-Thesis) with experts from NATO, Academia, and NATO member states as part of a six-month internship with the CCOE (War and Conflict Studies M.A.). The goal is to explore how NATO could contribute to the enhancing of the societal resilience of NATO countries. The final objective is to make my Master thesis available to the Civil-Military Community of Interest after successful completion as part of the CCOE's "Makes Sense" publication series.

The CCOE offers me ideal conditions for this: Besides its role as the Department Head of NATO Training and Education for CIMIC & CMI, including Civil Preparedness, the CCOE hosts conceptual expertise of this topic in its Concepts, Interoperability, Capabilities Branch, with staff officers who already have many years of experience in this field.

Next to my research project, the CCOE enables me to participate in various resilience-related courses, meetings and webinars. Therefore, my daily tasks are very varied, whether developing presentations, writing reports, event organisation, or even a short assignment as a role player for supporting CCOE's courses. Every day is different and challenging. A very special highlight was participating in a workshop week for a new NATO resilience concept. 

However, CCOE internal events are not neglected either. Especially the "Joint-Flag-Day" was a very interesting event, where all CCOE staff came together with their respective national specialities and a quiz to celebrate the successful cooperation across national borders. 

In addition to this very pleasant, international and dynamic working environment, the CCOE takes very good care of its interns: besides an expense allowance (the CCOE is also qualified for an Erasmus+ funded internship abroad), there is the possibility to move into a free, good equipped room on the well-located complex with a gym and a canteen in The Hague. So nothing stands in the way of a relaxed trip to the sea or a visit to Amsterdam or Rotterdam.

All in all, I can only recommend that you get to know the NATO Civil-Military Cooperation Centre of Excellence in The Hague by an internship. You can expect a wide range of interesting tasks, an international environment and above all experienced colleagues!"

By Maurice Stette

Applications from students who would like to support us in addition to a CIMIC & CMI related study program are welcome at any time. Please have a look here.