US-NZ Congressional Interns
2012 – 2013
The US | NZ Council launched the first-ever US-NZ Congressional Internship Program in Washington, DC in late 2012 – 2013. The program received such praise that the New Zealand Embassy is planning to continue the internships for 2013 – 2014.
We’re seeking corporate sponsors to continue this valuable initiative. Please contact Bill Maroni at William.Maroni@USNZcouncil.org or Matthew Hawkins at Matthew.Hawkins@mfat.govt.nz to learn how your organization can directly benefit from the program.
Below is a description of the Internship Program and information about the 2012 – 2013 NZ interns:
2012 – 2013 US-NZ Congressional Internship Program
After an application and selection process that involved the Council, the New Zealand Embassy in Washington, and Canterbury and Victoria Universities, four outstanding students were selected.
From mid-November 2012 through the end of January 2013, these New Zealanders spent 10 weeks working in congressional offices and participating in educational seminars sponsored by the US | NZ Council and The Washington Center, a non-profit organization that supports work-study programs.
The offices of Sen. Max Baucus (D-MO), Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), Rep. George Miller (D-CA), and Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX) provided the internship positions.
The Program also included:
- Meetings with US | NZ Council members, government officials, and representatives from business, think tanks and associations
- Lunch with Ambassador Mike Moore and the NZ Embassy staff
- A week-long educational program (by The Washington Center) on the 2013 Presidential Inauguration and tickets to the Inaugural
- Tour of the National Press Club by journalist Connie Lawn
- Tours of Monticello and Mount Vernon with Council president Bill Maroni
The US-NZ Congressional Internship Program, which is funded entirely by the US | NZ Council, will be expanded in subsequent years to include students from additional New Zealand universities. In the future, we also hope to create a reciprocal program for US students who wish to be interns in the NZ Parliament in Wellington.”