EU Commissioner Mariya Gabriel next to join a NEMO Political Internship in Museums

The European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth is confirmed to participate in a NEMO Political Internship on 2 October 2020 at the Children’s Science Centre Muzeiko in Sofia, Bulgaria.

During the half-day internship at Muzeiko, the Commissioner will get an all-round and hands-on understanding of different kinds of museum work. She will get a unique insight to museum work during Covid-19 and the new routines that are in place to ensure a safe museum visit. Commissioner Mariya Gabriel will be part of facilitating a workshop for children, plan the next marketing effort with the communications department and join the front of house to sell tickets. She will also help the tech team with some exhibit repairs and assist the management team with planning the monthly operations and finance. 

Launched in 2018, the programme NEMO Political Internship in Museums aims to provide EU policy makers with a greater understanding of museum work and by showcasing museums’ imperative value for society.

Each internship is tailored according to the participant’s field and interest. Considering Commissioner Gabriel’s work portfolio and her connection to Bulgaria, it was natural to seek out a children’s science museum in the region. Muzeiko brings together a children and youth focused cultural experience with informal learning in an environment that promotes research.

Commissioner Mariya Gabriel will be the third EU politician to complete a NEMO Political Internship. Previously, Luca Jahier, President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), and Julie Ward, former MEP and member of the CULT committee, have participated in the museum advocacy initiative.