In 2018 NEMO, together with its members, starts the initative internships at museums for politicians (and civil servants) at European level. NEMO will invite members of the European Parliament and European Commission members to intern at different museums in Europe. The politicians will work along with the museum staff and thus learn what museum work entails. Julie Ward, member of the European Parliament and the CULT committee, and her staff will be the first intern on 27 February 2018 at the Bonnefanten Museum in Maastricht, the Netherlands.
The initiative stems from the very successful scheme of internships run by the Netherlands Museums Association. The aim of the internships is to support and foster museums advocacy. The format was developed by the association to help museums get their social significance across to politicians and other stakeholders. To support other organisations in similar initiatives the Netherlands Museums Association has made its material on the matter available on NEMO's website.