Washington calls for
Josh Machin from the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy has been chosen for a three-month internship with a US Senator under the American Australian Association-Australian National University (ANU) Congressional Internship and Research Fellowship program.
Coordinated by the ANU’s Crawford School, the program aimed to give Australian students the chance to gain valuable insight into United States politics, build networks and engage with the Washington DC public policy environment.
Previous interns have worked on election campaigns, attended Iowa caucuses and volunteered within the Washington DC community.
As the latest recipient, Mr Machin (who is studying for a Masters of Public Policy at the Crawford school) will travel to the US to undertake an internship with a US Senator from Pennsylvania.
The Senator also serves on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
DBCDE’s Josh Machin.
Mr Machin said he was looking forward to seeing the inner workings of the US political system and was particularly keen to learn more about how the country managed its economic relationships.
“I want to learn more about the US approach to the economic dimensions of foreign policy, including trade, international business and the global financial system,” he said.
“Economic relations with the US can profoundly affect a country’s economic growth, security and population living standards, and I believe this internship will give me the opportunity to gain a unique perspective on how the US approaches those economic relationships,” Mr Machin said.
Edition 344, 15 January 2013