Student Internship Program

Senator Paterson's Student Internship Program

I am pleased to open applications for my student internship program for 2022, rounds 1 & 2.  

The program provides work experience and insight into the operations of a Senator’s office for interested university students. 

The dates for rounds 1 & 2 in 2022 are:

1.     Commences week beginning 28 March, ends 3 June;

2.    Commences week beginning 2 May, ends 8 July.


Applications

Applications are now open for rounds 1 & 2.

Applicants must:

-       Be studying at a Victorian tertiary institute, and have completed at least one year;

-       Have a demonstrable interest in Liberal values; and

-       Be available 9am - 5pm one day of the work week (day to be negotiated around study commitments).

Round 3 is scheduled for 29 August – 4 November, and applications will be opened later this year.


Program

The program will run for ten weeks, one full day per week in the electorate office in South Melbourne. Other duties outside the office will be included and will work around the interns’ availability. 

Details of potential tasks to be undertaken are included in Annex A.

At the conclusion of the successful completion of the program, interns will receive a written reference, subject to performance.

The internship is unpaid and conducted consistent with the rules of the parliament. There should be no expectation that any internship will result in future paid employment.  

 

Submission

Interested applicants should email a CV of no more than two pages and a one page cover letter addressing the following three criteria:

1)    What do Liberal values mean to you?

2)    What current policy areas are of most interest to you?

3)    What do you hope to achieve from the internship?

Submissions should be made via email to: david.kitchen@aph.gov.au

Submission must be made by midday Friday 4 March, and should specify availability/preference for internship periods 2 and/or 3.

Queries can be made via the above email address, or by phone to the office – 9690 2201.

 

Annex A – Possible tasks for the Senator Paterson Intern Program 

During the course of the program, you will complete tasks such as:

 

1.     Experience the daily workings of a Senator’s Electorate Office.

2.     Handle general phone calls.

3.     Complete research on one of Senator Paterson’s Patron seats.

4.     Complete a research project on one policy issue (topic to be discussed with the Senator).

5.     Assist in the management of constituent issues as directed, including resolving an issue and communicating with the constituent.

6.     Assist in the reviewing of committee reports as directed.

7.     Assist the Senator with research for a media appearance, and attend the recording of a television or radio interview with the Senator.

8.     Attend at least one community event staffing the Senator (note: this may involve work outside 9-5 hours).

9.     Assist with any campaign events, subject to the rules of Parliament.

10.  Other general duties as required.