Josh Machin.

Seeing the inner workings of the US Senate

06 January 2013

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2013 American Australian Association-ANU Congressional Internship and Research Fellowship program places Australian honours and postgraduate students in the offices of United States Senators who serve on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, with an adjunct appointment to a relevant think tank.

Masters student Josh Machin is set to walk the world stage after being selected to head to Washington DC to work with a US Senator as part of the American Australian Association-ANU Congressional Internship and Research Fellowship program, coordinated by Crawford School.

Machin, who is doing Crawford’s Masters of Public Policy, is heading to the USA for a three-month internship with US Senator Bob Casey from Pennsylvania  who serves on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. While he’s there, he will also have an adjunct appointment to a relevant think tank.

Machin says that he’s looking forward to seeing the inner workings of the US political system, and is particularly keen to learn more about how the country manages 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.”

The AAA-ANU Congressional Internship and Research Fellowship program aims to give Australian students the chance to gain valuable insight into US 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.

To find out more about the program visit: http://crawford.anu.edu.au/current_students/content/npcip/about-this-program.php

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