Experience

Juuso at Linnaseminaari 2017
This is me making an intervention at the JEF-Finland Linnaseminaari in 2017.

On this page I’ve compiled a list of studying, volunteering, jobs and internships I’ve done. On a separate page, I’ve also listed some events I’ve spoken at before. Lots of Europe with a little twist of human rights!

Study

From 2016 to 2020, I’m studying for a Master of Arts in International Relations at the University of Edinburgh

  • In 2018/19, I’m on Erasmus exchange at Sciences Po Paris.

From 2012 to 2015, I went to high school at Tampereen lyseon lukio in Finland. My programme, ‘Eurooppa-linja’, was a unique politics-oriented programme, featuring internships, study trips and additional courses in subjects like history.

  • In the final exams, I scored 7 Laudaturs (that’s the highest mark in a given subject).

Volunteering

JEF-Europe:

Since November 2017, I’ve been a Federal Committee member at the Young European Federalists (JEF-Europe). My main task is to co-chair the JEF Task Force on European elections 2019 – in other words, to help plan the European-wide JEF election campaign.

The New Federalist:

Since September 2017, I’ve been Editor-in-Chief of The New Federalist, the online magazine of JEF-Europe. I recruited and organised the editorial team, including the translating teams. I’ve also helped organise media seminars, wrote editorials, issued calls for articles, and proofread and published articles together with Radu Dumitrescu, our co-Editor.

Before that, I was the Deputy Editor-in-Chief from November 2016 to September 2017. I proofread and uploaded articles, as well as helping to manage the magazine’s Facebook page.

Young European Movement UK:

From October 2017 to July 2018, I was the President of Young European Movement UK, the UK’s pro-European youth organisation. I directed the national board and represented the organisation externally. What you’d expect the president to do!

Before that, I was one of the two YEM UK Local Branch Officers from January 2017 to October 2017. I served as a link between the national board and local branches, and helped to create a new local branch in Aberdeen.

Throughout my time in Edinburgh, I have also been heavily involved in the Edinburgh local branch. I’ve helped organise demonstrations and other events, like the March for Europe in 2017 and in 2018 (both attended by some 2,000 people).

The European Movement in Scotland:

From September 2017 to August 2018, I was the Secretary of the European Movement in Scotland (EMiS). I took minutes from meetings, helped to organise street actions and helped to manage the social media channels of the organisation. I was with EMiS as an intern.

Undivided Europe:

From August 2014 to May 2016, I ran a now-defunct website called Undivided Europe. It was an initiative by me and my high school friend Markus Nieminen, and in the end it took the form of a Europe-themed blog. In 2015, the project was the Finnish national winner in the European Charlemagne Youth Prize competition by the European Parliament. So this isn’t the first time I’m running a blog!

Juuso at Edinburgh Rally for Europe
Me stewarding the Edinburgh Rally for Europe in October 2017.

Jobs & internships

EUphoria

Since July 2018, I’ve run a company called EUphoria together with Caitlin O’Hara. The company sells EU-themed gift products with sexual jokes on them, and seeks to promote European unity in a slightly new way! You can find EUphoria’s site here.

Amnesty International

From June to August in 2016, and again from June to August in 2017, I worked as a face-to-face and door-to-door fundraiser for Amnesty International in Tampere, Finland. I helped recruit new monthly donors for the organisation, and also acted as a team leader who corresponded with the central office and guided other fundraisers in the city.

Finnish Defence Forces

From July 2015 to March 2016, I was a conscript in the Finnish Defence Forces. Of this time, the last seven months I spent in the military headquarters in Helsinki, working on the new website. I wrote text content for the site, acted as a test user on both the admin view and the public view, and placed content elements in the right places.

Tampere Region EU Office

In June 2015, I was a trainee at the Tampere Region EU Office in Brussels. From my high school programme, one graduate is selected for this month-long internship each year, and I was selected on the basis of my grades and language skills. I attended conferences to compile reports for the office, helped write the office newsletter, and produced English-language content for the office website.

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