The Mercator Fellowship on International Affairs annually sponsors 25 German-speaking young professionals and university graduates from all disciplines who are committed to improving the world of tomorrow. During the 12-month programme, Fellows work in two or three international organizations that are active worldwide – non-governmental or non-profit organizations, or business enterprises. The Fellows’ own practical questions serve as their project proposals and determine their workstations anywhere in the world. Seminars are also held on current issues in international cooperation, and to develop their leadership skills and key competencies.
As a Mercator Fellow, Andrea Schill explores approaches at the factory, company and government level that contribute to improving working conditions in the textiles and garment sector. She has gained professional experience in this field at the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, where she worked as a programme officer for trade, development, labour, and social policy in Geneva as well as a research assistant in the Asia department in Berlin. Furthermore, she has gained work experience at Focus on Labour Exploitation, the German Embassy in London and a PR agency. Andrea studied Political Science at the University of Passau, the University of Sussex, and the University of Potsdam.