Today the NZUS Council Mike Moore Internship Programme has the pleasure of sending four young New Zealanders to Washington DC to work in the US Congress for a couple of months. They will start work in Democratic and Republican offices on Monday 14th November, the first day of the lame duck session.
Our interns are Edward Coughlin and Nichola Hodge from Canterbury University Law School and Sarah Pereira and Thomas Raethel of Victoria University’s School of Political Science and International Relations. The Council farewelled the interns at a reception last night during which they were gifted a copy of Professor Stephen Hoadley’s new book New Zealand United States Relations.
Through the internship they will gain a better understanding of the US political system and build friendships with some key Members of Congress and their staff. They will be there in the aftermath of the extraordinary election and in the lead up to the inauguration of a new President. What an amazing time to be “a fly on the wall” in Washington DC.
Thank you to the NZUS Council's partners who have helped to make this programme happen: Air New Zealand, the University of Canterbury and Victoria University of Wellington, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Good luck Edward, Nichola, Sarah and Thomas!