Parliamentary Internship Programme 2020

Interns 2019

There are still places open in the 2020 Parliamentary Internship Programme (now in its 21st year). The programme is open to applications from postgraduate students enrolled in various programmes—Honours in Political Science, Honours in International Relations, Master of Political Science, Master of International Relations, and Master of Strategic Studies—as well as to students in other programmes in which a course may be taken outside of the major field.

The 2020 programme coincides with the New Zealand general election; in election years, interns gain insights not only into Parliament, and what it means to be an MP (and a staff member), but also into parties’ campaigns and the electoral system. In 2017 interns assisted with their MP’s election campaigns, with four of the interns ultimately contributing chapters to the 2017 election book, ‘Stardust and Substance’. Two of those students also participated in the November-January internship at the US Congress; likewise two of the 2019 parliamentary interns are now in Washington, interning at the US Congress.

Students interested in the Parliamentary Internship Programme are encouraged to contact the organiser, Professor Stephen Levine (stephen.levine@vuw.ac.nz).