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Internships and real world politics

Stone, D. (2012) Internships and real world politics. The Conversation, 20 August .

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The Education Office of the Western Australian State Parliament introduces students to the “real world” of politics and policy making though an internship program.

The parliamentary internship looks a staid affair when compared to the recent expose of the workplace sexism faced by a journalism intern at the Herald Sun.

This debate focused attention almost exclusively on the student experience rather than what these schemes have to offer more widely. Internships could be better managed it seems.

The parliamentary interns will do research assistance on projects ranging from “Compulsory Voting: Have First World Countries forgotten the value of the vote?”; a study of “the contribution of agricultural pioneers to the development of the Swan Valley" and investigate “Sovereign Wealth Funds at a sub-national level”.

Their work will be a far cry from the “Legally Blonde” internship portrayed by Hollywood actress Reese Witherspoon.

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Murdoch Affiliation(s): Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs
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