Intern Life 2014-2015

Interning at the National Coastal Agency has been an amazing experience. Office culture is very laid back and there is a sense of independence in our  work. I have had a lot of flexibility and autonomy over the types of projects I’ve worked and I have been able to design these projects based on my interests. Every day I arrive at the office around 9 a.m. and work on projects with other interns and staff. My work here has been very self directed, but it’s exciting to be in a place that gives me so much freedom to explore what interests me as well as contribute to the incredible work this agency has been doing.

-Louise Wang, Intern 2015

Even though I did not formally intern with the National Coastal Agency, I still have gained a lot of experience thus far. The office is a really welcoming place where I could work on my projects. Interns get to cater their experiences within the Agency to different topics they are interested in. I felt really lucky whenever I was at the office because of how laid back and flexible everything is; it really allowed me to grow as an intern. 

-Siri Andrews, Intern 2015

Working at the Agency is flexible and independent. I really enjoy the project I’m working on because it is directly related to my skill set and background. Even though I have no previous experience in the tourism industry, I’m glad that my knowledge can contribute to a greater cause. Thanks to our director, Auron, I was able to connect with his colleagues and friends and learn a lot about tourism. I’ve heard brilliant ideas from them during meetings over coffee which has helped with the progression of my project.

-Peixin Yang, Intern 2015

Working at the National Coastal Agency has been a very valuable experience. As an Albanian-American that had already spent considerable time in Albania for summer vacations, it has been useful to see my home country from a different perspective. Everyone at the office is welcoming and helpful, because even though I am from Albania and have visited often, there is a lot I don’t know or understand about the country, the work culture, and Tirana itself. I always feel comfortable expressing any concerns or questions I may have. I also love that Auron [our Director] caters our projects around the interests of each intern–sometimes we work together, other times our work is independent, but it’s alway something we’re interested in and that we care about.

-Eni Mihilli, Intern 2015

Working at the National Coastal Agency has been a very valuable experience. As an Albanian-American that had already spent considerable time in Albania for vacations, it has been useful to see my home country from a different perspective. Everyone at the office is welcoming and helpful because even though I am from Albania and have visited often, there is a lot I don’t know or understand about the country, the work culture, and Tirana. I always feel comfortable expressing any concerns or questions I may have. I also love that our director, Auron, allows us to design our projects are our interests–sometimes interns work together, other times our work is independent, but it’s always something we’re interested in and that we care about.

-Emily Richner, Intern 2015

As a student at the University of Michigan I took quite a few political science classes and was taught extensively about post-communist government. My time at the Agency allowed me a glimpse into the everyday workings of government in a post-communist society and the regular people that make government work. It’s a valuable experience because you actually get to see politics and government at play, in reality, not just theories in a textbook. The best aspect of the internship was being able to visit the Albanian coast because I got to enjoy the sun and sand, but still be at work.

-Kledia Xhelilaj, Intern 2014

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