After an internship in the European Parliament’s EPP group, working on legislative coordination, Karolina Rimkute joined the Martens Centre Team to further deepen her knowledge and understanding by contributing to research about the political culture of the European institutions and the political process itself.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Political Science and currently pursuing a Master of International Relations and Diplomacy at Vilnius University, Lithuania, Karolina continues to learn how to flexibly apply her academic knowledge, thinking about developing policies that can dynamically meet future challenges.
Karolina has several years of experience as an adviser to a member of the Seimas in the Lithuanian Parliament, which has conferred her a comprehensive picture of the relationship between national and European politics, along with what the challenges are for states that face or work directly with neighborhood and enlargement policies. Being from a country that is directly confronted with pressure from states unfriendly to human rights, the rule of law, and general democratic principles, Karolina is naturally interested in the relationship between the individual and the state, and the progress of increasingly totalitarian-like technologies used by authoritarian states to control society.
Among other things, Karolina has experience in journalistic work in the Lithuanian online newspaper “Bernardinai”. She completed an internship at the Lithuanian National Radio and Television, where she worked with foreign news. In addition, she undertook an internship at the Center for Eastern European Studies and at the Lithuanian Embassy in Washington, D.C.
In addition to her native Lithuanian, she speaks English and is able to communicate in Russian and French, which gives her access to a variety of sources and ways of thinking.