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2020 Washington DC Placement Program
Bachelor of Arts (Politics and International Relations) and Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Economics)
Internship Placement: Senator Tim Scott, South Carolina
“Interning on Capitol Hill has unequivocally been the highlight of my undergraduate experience at the University of Sydney. From spectating Trump’s historic impeachment trial to assuaging constituents after Iran’s missile strike, this placement was an incredibly rewarding experience that offered me new insights into American politics and political discourse. During my placement, I assisted in drafting policy memoranda and voting recommendations on 5G technology, helped organise the Senator’s Fourth Annual HBCU Fly-In Event, led Capitol tours for South Carolinians, and prepared reports on issues such as college affordability and CRISPR technology.
Beyond the internship, D.C. is a vibrant cultural hub with plenty of places to explore. Whether you go cheer on the Washington Capitals at a NHL game, visit the Smithsonian museums along the National Mall, or dine in at Ben’s Chili Bowl after work, there are no shortage of things to do in D.C. On the long weekend, New York is only a short bus ride away. Watching Hamilton live on Broadway, enjoying the view at the top of the Empire State Building, and strolling along The High Line with a NYC bagel and coffee in hand were just some of the highlights of my trip.
Participating in this program has broadened my horizons and opened new doors to policy internships in Sydney and Canberra. Immersing myself in the culture, talking with constituents every day, and discussing current affairs with seasoned policy advisors has taught me more about American politics than any class or textbook. Those two months spent exploring Washington D.C. have created some unforgettable memories, and I am extremely thankful to the USSC for this incredible opportunity to intern at Senator Tim Scott’s office. The experience of living, studying, and working abroad is something that I encourage every student to consider – I highly recommend this program to anyone interested in American politics and policy.”