Join MEP Sabine Verheyen’s NEMO Political Internship in Museums in new video

 Sabine Verheyen looks at a small statue of a woman with a child on her lap, while another person says something and reaches out to the statue with a glove in hand, probably to carefully move it.

NEMO is thrilled to share a video documenting Sabine Verheyen's NEMO Political Internship at the Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum. The Member of the European Parliament (MEP) and Chair of the Committee on Culture and Education (CULT) participated in the internship on 5 April 2024.

At the Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum in Aachen, Germany, Sabine Verheyen got to experience the incredible variety of work that happens behind the scenes of a museum.

During her NEMO Political Internship, Verheyen noted that decisions taken at EU-level can have direct consequence for museums although the cultural aspects might not be obvious at first. For instance, directives concerning chemicals might hinder the work of restores.

Watch the video to follow along her experiences and hear about the unique insights she gained into museum operations.

Additionally, Director Till-Holger Borchert shared that the museum works actively with various outreach programmes and initiatives with the aim to attract new visitors since the multicultural society in Aachen isn’t reflected in the museum attendance yet.

NEMO Secretary General added that museums serve as spaces where people can come together and exchange despite differences and without immediate polarising narratives. Rather, museums have the potential to facilitate change in people’s everyday lives with small hands-on actions.

Promoting the visibility and interests of museums

Launched in 2018, the NEMO Political Internship in Museums initiative aims to promote the visibility and interests of museums by providing EU policy makers with a greater understanding of the diversity of museum work and activities beyond exhibitions. By offering hands-on experiences, the internships seek to underscore the value of museums to their communities and society at large.

Sabine Verheyen was the fourth EU politician to complete a NEMO Political Internship. Previously, Mariya Gabriel, at the time European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Luca Jahier, at the time 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.