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1 Uni-Capitol Washington Internship Program (UCWIP) Information session for 2014 internship application

2 General information  15 th year in 2014  Over 140 internships across 14 program years. UCWIP’s intake will be drawn through 10 Australian universities in 2014  Working in Democratic and Republican House, Senate and Committee offices  Interns undertake a range of tasks including legislative research, writing, constituent liaison, attend committee hearings and press conferences  Opportunities to meet with political correspondents, members of congress and representatives from various government offices, as well as non-government professionals  Activity examples: attend briefings by the US State Department and the Australian Embassy, day trips to Philadelphia - birthplace of the American republic and Constitution, Gettysburg - site of the pivotal Civil War battle, attend presidential swearing-in ceremonies and related inaugural festivities

3 Objective of program  Founded in 1999 by former House and Senate staffer, Eric Federing, the program fosters cultural and educational exchanges between the United States and Australia  UCWIP aims to promote and strengthen the American- Australian relationship by offering young Australians rare insights into the inner workings of the American legislature  Offering congressional hosts opportunities to explore through these young Australians the often parallel public policy debates in Australia

4 2014 Internship offices  Rep. Robert B. Aderholt (Republican of Alabama)  Sen. Benjamin Cardin (Democrat of Maryland)  Rep. James Clyburn (Democrat of South Carolina)  Rep. Joe Courtney (Democrat of Connecticut)  Sen. Mike Crapo (Republican of Idaho)  Rep. Rodney Davis (Republican of Illinois)  Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (Republican of Florida)  Del. Eni Faleomavaega (Democrat of American Samoa)  Rep. Sam Farr (Democrat of California)

5 2014 Internship offices  Rep. Alcee Hastings (Democrat of Florida)  Rep. Jerrold Nadler (Democrat of New York)  Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Republican of Florida)  Rep. Loretta Sanchez (Democrat of California)  Rep. John Shimkus (Republican of Illinois)  Rep. John Tierney (Democrat of Massachusetts)  House Judiciary Committee (Minority office)  Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee (Majority office)  Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe

6 Information sessions  General information session  Wed 3 April 2013 11:00-12:00 5A37  Mentoring session with UCWIP Alumni (RSVP required)  Fri 19 April 11:00-12:30 1C152  Telebriefing session with Eric Federing (RSVP required)  Fri 3 May 2013 10:45-13:00 20B3  Inquiries/RSVP

7 What to prepare  Application form  Statement of interest  submit a short statement outlining your motivation for participating  your aspirations both personal and academic, relating to your internship; your ability to manage a demanding and challenging environment; your work experience, and involvement in community organisations; your travel experience, etc  CV with photo, awards, certificates  One page short essays on up to four prospective congressional hosts listed on the Primer  1-3 examples of written work (2,000 words), consistent with your expressed interests  Two referee reports - one from academic  Academic transcript

8 Preparation  Young professionals not students  Sharehouse arrangements with other interns  Estimated costs : Approx $10000+  Air, accommodation, meals, transport  J1 visa – Sydney

9 Scholarship  Faculty of Arts and Design UCWIP Scholarship of AUD5000

10 On return  Report to Course Convenor of Media and Public Affairs  Credit for Special Studies in Communication 1 or 2 (7555, 7556) : 3cp OR Communication Internship (9032)  Year 3 – second semester year before (WH)  Year 2 – same semester (or later) of internship  Speak at information sessions, mentoring for potential candidates, etc

11 Further information  UC homepage  term/ucwip term/ucwip  UCWIP Facebook page (public)   Inquiries 

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