As a non-EU citizen, it was an amazing opportunity for me to be selected for the Traineeship, something I could only have dreamt of. I soaked up as much information about the functioning of the Commission and other EU institutions as possible. Seeing how experienced Commission members (from different levels) deal with challenging situations was inspiring. When I started I expected to be the person to make photocopies and carry files. I am very glad to be able to say: I was wrong! I was drawn into the 'real work' right from the beginning - challenging my limits and learning something new every day, also about myself!