US-NZ Congressional Interns
With support from the NZ Embassy in Washington, the US | NZ Council has completed the second year of its US-NZ Congressional Internship Program for 2013 – 2014.
The US | NZ Council thanks the following organizations and individuals whose generous support made this year’s program possible:
- David Teece and the Berkeley Foundation
- Air New Zealand
- Canterbury University
- Victoria University
2013 – 2014 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:
- Sarah McLaughlin
- Andrew Pullar
- Alexandra Reuhman
- Mitchell Trezona-lecomte
From mid-November 2013 through the end of January 2014, these New Zealanders worked in the offices of Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas), and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Oregon), and Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Missouri). Rep. Hartzler has asked her NZ intern, Alexandra Reuhman, to stay on in Washington until early May 2014.
In addition to working each day in a congressional office, the program also included:
- Meetings with US | NZ Council members, government officials, and representatives from business, think tanks, associations, and Georgetown University’s Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies
- Presentations by former US Assist. Sec. of State Kurt Campbell, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and ECAT’s US Business Coalition for TPP
- Discussions with Ambassador Mike Moore and the NZ Embassy staff as well as former US diplomats in NZ Paul Cleveland and Richard Teare
- Meeting with Hon. Phil Goff, NZ Opposition Spokesperson for Trade and Defence, who was visiting Washington
- Tour of Mount Vernon (George Washington’s home and estate), the Gettysburg civil war memorial, and numerous Washington museums and historic sites
In the future, we hope to increase the number of NZ graduates who can participate in the program, and create a reciprocal program for US students who wish to be interns in the NZ Parliament in Wellington.