Celebrating a New Partnership: TWC-New Zealand Congressional Initiative

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Maha Neouchy
December 06, 2012

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC) is excited to announce a new partnership with the United States-New Zealand Council in Washington, D.C., an independent body dedicated to promoting strong bilateral relations between the United States and New Zealand.


On November 19th, two students from Canterbury University and two students from the University of Victoria arrived in Washington, D.C. to attend a fully funded winter semester in the U.S. as part of the TWC-New Zealand Congressional Initiative.


This initiative is made up of an internship with the Friends of New Zealand Congressional Caucus at U.S. Congressional offices as well as participation in an Academic Seminar focused on the Inauguration of the 44th U.S. President, taking place from January 12-22nd. During the seminar, the four New Zealand students will be given the opportunity to witness U.S. political history in action, build a professional network and interact with nationally recognized figures like politicians, party activists, journalists, policy experts, and campaign professionals.


The Washington Center-New Zealand Congressional Initiative was established a year after the Christchurch Earthquake of February 22, 2011 by the Honorable Mike Moore, New Zealand Ambassador to the U.S., Bill Maroni, President of the U.S.-N.Z. Council, and the United States Congress.


TWC-New Zealand Congressional Initiative participants are:


Clark Hennessy – interning at the office of Rep. Mike Coanway (R-TX)

Laura de Haan – interning at the office of Rep. George Miller (D–CA)

Rachael Harris – interning at the office of Senator Max Baucus (D-MT)

Seamus Woods – interning at the office of Rep. Kevin Brady (R–TX)


About the United States-New Zealand Council


The United States-New Zealand Council is the principal U.S. private-sector organization dedicated to promoting the commercial, public policy, and cultural relationship between the United States and New Zealand. Established in 1986, the Council works to strengthen U.S.-N.Z. relations; provide thought leadership on Asia-Pacific regional topics; and advocate for its members' interests. More information can be found at:


[View photos of the participating students on our Flickr channel]

[Find out more about TWC's Presidential Inauguration Seminar]

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