Aikaterini (Katerina) CHARARA, Intern Board Co-President, from Athens, Greece, 25-years old
Before the ILO:
I completed my Undergraduate Law Degree at the University of Athens and I did my Master’s Degree in International Law at the University of Cambridge. Prior to joining the ILO, I interned at the Permanent Mission of Greece to the United Nations and worked as a trainee lawyer in an international Law Firm in Athens.
In the International Labour Standards Department (NORMES), Employment Policy & Tripartite Governance Unit (EMPGOV)
I am an intern in the International Labour Standards Department (NORMES). I examine governmental reports on the application of ILO Conventions and prepare comparative analyses and comments for the Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations. Being particularly inspired by the role of international labour standards in achieving decent work in a globalized economy, I could not imagine a more suitable department to do my internship with. It has been an extraordinary experience mainly because of the content of my work and its relation to human rights but also because of the amazing people in my team.
On the Intern Board:
It was during the second week of my internship when the previous co-president Laura -and now a dear friend- asked me ‘So are you interested in becoming the new IB co-president’. Six months later, I realise that, without my ‘Yeah sure’ to this question, my ILO internship experience would not have been the same. As the IB co-president, I had the chance to be surrounded by some of the most inspiring individuals I have met and organise with them several projects and activities. I will never forget the process of organising the Interns’ Development Day and the International Internship Day where I had the honour to be at the same panel with our DG, who has been particularly supportive of the IB work. Overall, I feel that during my internship I found two new families, my NORMES team and the IB.