curriculum vitae









personal data


Kirsten Marion Heppner



place of residence

Brussels, Belgium


+32 (0)486 - 79 68 10

most recent positions

07/2010 - 07/2013

translator for the European Commission (DG Translation) in Brussels (Belgium); duties: translating a variety of texts (press releases, letters, legal texts, speeches) from English and French into German, proofreading colleagues' translations, supervising interns

09/2007 - 06/2010

senior editor for Intrasoft International in Brussels (Belgium); main duties: writing for the Commission’s scientific information service CORDIS News, selection of stories, drafting articles for daily publication on CORDIS News website, covering science/science policy events, selection of photos, proofreading

work for the radio

08/2007 - 02/2009

freelance reporter for the English-language radio service of German international broadcasting service Deutsche Welle in Bonn (Germany), current affairs programme Newslink and other programmes; duties: selection of own stories and research, writing, voicing and production of reports in English, translation, voicing and production of reports provided by the German-language radio service

02/2005 - 02/2007

trainee, later junior editor at Radio Ostfriesland in Emden (Germany); duties: research, presentation (on and off air), reports, news writing and presentation, editing, supervising interns and freelancers

09/2003 - 09/2004

freelance reporter for radio service Evangelischer Kirchenfunk Niedersachsen ekn in Hannover (Germany)

professional training

11/2005 - 12/2005

journalism class at radio academy Deutsche Hörfunkakademie in Oberhausen (Germany)

10/2003 - 08/2004

training for editors/online editors at Procon Ltd. in Hannover (Germany)


03/2007 - 07/2007

trainee in the press service of the European Parliament in Brussels (Robert Schuman scholarship); duties: writing press releases in English and German, covering committee meetings, public hearings, political debates


online department of Deutsche Welle in Bonn

09/2005 - 10/2005

Frisian news service Friesischer Rundfunk in Hinte


regional TV-program „Hallo Niedersachsen“ at NDR Norddeutscher Rundfunk in Hanover

07/2003 - 09/2003

radio service ekn Evangelischen Kirchenfunk Niedersachsen in Hanover

03/2003 - 07/2003

Music department and news departement at radio ffn in Hanover


Local TV station Télévesdre in Dison, Belgium

further work experience

08/2003 - 02/2007

freelance translator for bilingual trade fair magazine Fairmessage

10/2000 - 03/2003

Teacher for English/Business English, French and German as a foreign language at Lernwelt in Hanover

academic education

10/1994 - 03/2003

German equivalent of master’s degree in English and French linguistics and media studies at University of Hanover; degree: Magistra Artium (M.A.); final grade: A ("sehr gut")

work experience abroad

02/1999 - 07/1999

European Information Technology assistant at University of Salford, Manchester, UK; main duties: design and implementation of web pages for the International Office

10/1997 - 06/1998

Foreign language assistant in Verviers, Belgium

it skills

advanced Html skills,
advanced knowledge of Html editors (e.g. GoLive and Dreamweaver),
advanced knowledge of Word and other word processing software,
advance knowledge of audio-editing software (e.g. DIGAS Edit Station, Cutmaster Pro/EasyCut),
basic use of audio archives (e.g. D'accord and DIGAS),
basic use of image editing software (e.g. Photoshop),
basic use of page layout software (e.g. Indesign, QuarkXpress),
basic use of content management systems(e.g. Webedition)

language skills






advanced (written and spoken)



personal strengths

dedicated, efficient, technical understanding, able to work in a team, motivated, creative, able to work under pressure