Meet Our Alumni
How does a PPLE degree prepare you for your future career? Where can the programme take you? Read our interviews with PPLE alumni below, where they are and how they got there!
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My Internship at the NL Times
I am an intern for the NL Times. During my internship, I focused on writing news articles, managingsocial media platforms, working on potential subsidies for journalism grants, and gaining first handexperience into the world of journalism. The NL Times is relatively small, which I enjoy as I feel like Iam being heard and I can make a genuine impact within the company.I was always interested in writing. Being social and interacting with others allows me to draw my ownpath and give direction to my work. I view journalism as a two-sided occupation, a dialogue in which Ican tell a story in a new and interesting light. Being a student assistant for PPLE got me acquaintedwith interviewing, writing and editing which is now helping me in my internship.
How I Found My Internship
Finding my internship was quite coincidental. I went to an UvA Alumni networking event I found out about through the UvA’s online channels. At this event they invited guest speakers, one of whom inspired me. After the event I approached him and started a conversation. We were on the same wave length and his company connected with what I wanted to do professionally. He was interested about the PPLE background and my ability for critical thought; fortunately I got an offer on the spot. I got back to him at a later stage, met up at the office, and we worked out the details. Being an Emmy award winning journalist, I was excited to work for my boss, he says he started the company as he felt that as an expat there was no channel for quality, thorough, and diverse Dutch news in English.
Finding Your Internship
Don’t get tunnel vision, don’t have one specific goal and one specific method of getting there. Interact with a range of people, take chances, use opportunities, and instead of saying why, ask, why not? Look around as there is no harm in trying, if you don’t try the answer will always be no, it might not be your ideal position but you can work your way up. The bottom line being, start somewhere.
Doing my LLM at the University of Cambridge
After PPLE, I decided to continue my academic pursuits at Queens’ College at the University of Cambridge with a Master's of Law. Before I joined PPLE, I knew I wanted to go into law, which meant that throughout my time at PPLE, I could research graduate programmes. On top of doing online research, I talked to some of our teachers, who helped me find my path. While at first I wasn’t considering studying at Oxbridge due to the broad nature of their master programmes, I realised during my time at PPLE that although a broad degree is intense, I enjoy pushing myself and wanted to continue challenging myself. Once I decided to go for Oxbridge, I talked to former students from the faculty, staff and people I met at international law conferences.
Arrangements Practical Matters
Once you have found a Master’s that is right for you, I recommend taking a lot of time to prepare for your application. Do research on the degree and know why you want to go to that university and their specific Master’s. Knowing what Master’s you want to do early on, will allow you to build your profile towards it, through extracurricular activities, for example. While keeping your courses as your main focus, you want to branch out and broaden your horizon, allowing you to see if this particular field is for you. Attending summer schools, conferences and volunteering are a few examples of how I did this. Make sure you finish your degree with good grades but don’t forget about the merit of extracurriculars. However, to ensure that you are eligible for a high level master’s, you have to study very hard and try your best in all of your courses.
When it came to housing, I was lucky enough to have the university take care of things. Don’t be intimidated if a degree abroad seems expensive. You can apply for scholarships from the college, university or even through national funds, which is what I did.
For future graduates of PPLE I recommend exploring what your interests are. If you don’t know what you’re interested in, researching graduate programmes can be overwhelming. Once you have found your field, try to make sure your extracurriculars and academic record compliment each other - this makes life a lot easier.
"The international composition made PPLE very enjoyable both by enriching my social life with people from all sorts of places and allowing me to learn from people with different cultural perspectives."
- Thomas Abma
"I really enjoyed my time at PPLE. The international and small scale environment helped me to look at problems from different angles and think critically. I feel like PPLE has given me a solid basis for the rest of my (academic) career and I am happy to have met so many amazing people during my time here."
- Eva Berger
"After completing the programme, I have learned to address issues from different perspectives and combine those perspectives to create a more interdisciplinary viewpoint. Moreover my time at PPLE has given me the opportunity to go to lots of interesting lectures, benefit from all the great teachers and especially meet great people which I happily call friends for life!”
- Anne Craanen
“PPLE has allowed me to flourish in economics and business, whilst simultaneously broadening my horizons in crucial areas of academics and society. During the course of my bachelor, I have not only become the business minded person I strived to be, but also an intellect."
- Sebastiaan Maliepaard
"The past three years at PPLE have been a real adventure. Studying such a unique program, in the heart of Amsterdam has been incredible. Each new course was challenging and always different, but experiencing it with intersting individuals from different cultures was the best part. Class discussions proved to me over and over again, how my beliefs and arguments are heavily influenced by the environment I grew up in. The diversity which PPLE breeds and how it is used to educte us is one of the main things I will miss about PPLE."
- Michelle Stelea Popov
"PPLE's interdisciplinary approach helped me to understand complicated global issues from multiple perspectives. I enjoyed the personal connection between teachers and students, which helped me grow and will be thoroughly missed."
- Lino Rodiek
"PPLE taught me to think critically and gave me the tools to develop. I enjoyed engaging in meaningful debates with motivated students and applying my knowledge to real world problems."
- Anthony Veryard