Our 64 Interns have served in the offices of Democrats and Republicans and some have worked with the professional staff on major Congressional committees. Flinders Interns have been accepted in a wide range of Capitol Hill offices: Intern placements (PDF 279KB) .
Student perspectives: Our past Interns judge the Internship as highly beneficial to their education and their careers.
“I gained a greater sense of independence and confidence ... I was infused with an entirely new perspective on US politics, the world and on working”. Sarah John (2005)
“American Studies has an unmatched internship program. Working in the congress of the US was a wonderful experience that leaves an indelible mark”. Prindon Sadriu (2006)
“This experience has not only furthered my education, but also inspired me to pursue a career in international relations”. Estée Fiebiger (2000)
“I cannot describe the feeling of walking along the Mall at night, looking up at the Capitol and knowing that I had worked towards an important foreign policy objective during the day”. Jessica Winnal (2006)
Parent perspectives: The parents of our Interns are also keen supporters of the Program.
Parent of Intern, 2011
“Our daughter took part in the internship program in 2011. Right from the start a lot of information was available, to her and to us, to assist her make her decision about whether to participate. The University made sure we were very involved through a video conference with the program organisers in Washington, and Australian officials at our Embassy there. We could ask any questions of the Washington people about the program, and Embassy officials explained their role in supporting the program and the interns themselves. The University hosted a morning tea for us afterwards, so that we could meet the other parents and the academic staff, to discuss any matters related to the program.
This kind of connection was both reassuring and practical, with some families assisting each other with accommodation and travel for their students before or afterwards. I found the students to be very supportive of each other, but that flowed through to the families as well, which is most unusual with academic programs at the tertiary level. The University provided us with contact details of parents, academic staff and Washington based people, so that there was a sort of a safety net for those parents who may have been a little anxious (but absolutely not willing to admit it, especially to the students!)
Parent of Intern 2007
“The Washington Internship, organised by Professor DeBats, was an extraordinary opportunity for [our son]. In a superbly supervised environment he enjoyed the challenges and wonder of working on Capitol Hill ... From a parent's perspective, [our son] came back brimming with confidence but he also gained a balanced understanding of the limitations and complexity of government in a representative democracy.
I believe the Washington Internship is the equivalent to undertaking a second degree. [Our son] has found the programme to be highly regarded and widely recognised within Corporate Australia. The programme has been the highlight of [our son's] undergraduate tenure. I highly recommend it”.
Parent of Intern, 2007
“I found the program very interesting and was delighted to see [our daughter’s] enthusiasm organising her application, etc. It was a great opportunity for her in the furtherance of her identity as a student of American Studies and she returned home feeling very rewarded and privileged to have gained this experience.”
Where are they now?
We have remained in contact with the Intern Alumni and their career development. Where Are They Now 2012 (PDF 110KB)