MEP and CULT Committee Chair Sabine Verheyen confirmed for a NEMO Political Internship in Museums

Sabine Verheyen, Member of Parliament (MEP) and Chair of the Committee on Culture and Education (CULT), will join a NEMO Political Internship on 5 April 2024 at the Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum in Aachen, Germany.

During the half-day internship at the Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum, Sabine Verheyen will get an all-round and hands-on understanding of different kinds of work carried out at museums. She will make a visit to the storage to assist in measuring a sculpture, get insights into restoration work, and join an inventory check of the print collection. After framing a print, Verheyen will get to learn more about the museum's outreach initiative that aims to diversify the audience and make everyone in the community feel welcome to visit the Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum.

Sabine Verheyen has been a Member of the European Parliament since 2009 and Chair of the CULT Committee since 2019. Seeing as Verheyen was born in Aachen and later held the mayor position (1999-2009) and NEMO wants to tailor the Internships to the participating politician, we are thrilled to organise the internship in Aachen.

Previous internships

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.

Verheyen will be 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.

More about the Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum

The Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum features an extensive and encyclopaedic art collection from the Middle Ages to modern times, showcasing various artistic movements. Highlights include medieval sculptures, Dutch and Flemish paintings, and works from the Düsseldorf School, classical modernism, and expressionism. With approximately 1,500 paintings, 700 sculptures, and 10,000 prints, the museum owes its existence to major donors and collectors from Aachen's and is now one of Germany's largest municipal museums.

The Museum recently received a grant from the Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia for audience diversification, fostering dialogue among visitors of different cultural backgrounds. The dedicated research fellowship focuses on medieval art in order to enhance the museum's presentation and facilitate cultural participation.