In March students from SPIRe alongside students from the School of Law went on a field trip to Brussels to explore the world of EU Politics. This is the 3rd year for the Field Trip which was started by Prof Imelda Maher of Law and SPIRe's Dr Aidan Regan. The underlying theme of the field trip is enabling students to build an international career.
This year 15 students attended, and came from the MSC in European Governance; the MEconSC in European Public Affairs and Law; the MA/MSc in European Politics/Policy, and the MPP in Public Policy. Before the trip, the students receive 4 hours of training from the careers office about professional networking, communications and developing professional relationships.
The bespoke trip included a series of talks from UCD alumni working in Brussels; a visit to the Permanent Irish Representation (COREPER); an alumni reception with the Irish ambassador; a visit to the European Court of Justice, and the European Investment bank in Luxembourg; a visit to a trade association/lobby group/NGO; a law firm; the European Parliament, and the European Commission; in addition to talks by Microsoft, and trainees/interns in Brussels.
Dr Regan said the students benefit hugely, "it gives them a real hands-on qualitative experience of how international institutions work, the importance of language in the EU, and the strategies they can pursue to develop an international career".