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Victorian Winter Internship Program (VWIP)

Victorian Winter Internship Program (VWIP)

During the university winter break,  seven students from across Victorian universities interned in the offices of Federal and Victorian Members of Parliament from across the political spectrum, as well as Non-For-Profit organisations.


By Saul Burston / July 24, 2017

In its second year, the Victorian Winter Internship Program (VWIP) aimed to provide internships for AUJS members during the winter break and enable students greater access into the exciting world of politics and non-profit organisations. 

Meet the Interns - Testimonies


Adam Pincus 

 Adam Pincus, interned for Marsha Thomson MP, State Member for Footscray.

"I have been involved in a number of official tasks and projects, including drafting preliminary media releases and social media posts, conducting research into international political figures for upcoming overseas parliamentary visits, and assisting staffers with a range of clerical and administrative jobs.

However, my highlight has been meeting the Premier of Victoria, the Hon Daniel Andrews MP. Playing the role of ‘unofficial photographer’, I was present on tours, given to Ms. Thomson and the Premier, of an innovation hub in Footscray and a proposed residential site in Maribyrnong.

The opportunities AUJS offers to interact and work for political and professional figures are unparalleled for a student run organisation."


 Gilad Harel

Gilad Harel (pictured here with Tim Wilson MP and the Attorney General George Brandis) has been interning for Tim Wilson - Federal Liberal Member for Goldstein.

“Normally, most people are exposed to the political world through the media, however, the experience of seeing how politics works from inside an office has been truly enlightening. AUJS has provided an incredible opportunity that has allowed me to actively play a role in the political world. Through this program I have been able to meet with constituents, help arrange ministerial visits as well as research and prepare speeches for Tim.”



Jessica Fenster

Jess Fenster, has been interning for The Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce.

"For the past two weeks, I have had the privilege of working at the AICC, side by side with some amazing and inspirational people. One of the many AICC areas of interest is sending Executives from large Australian organisations to Israel in order to explore the technology and innovation that is occurring there.

I have been able to participate and compile research for upcoming trade missions in the coming months and 2018. As well as doing the research and compiling draft programs, I was able to go along to one of AICC’s many board room lunches with the Shadow Treasurer of Australia, Chris Bowen. Networking and meeting a range of big names in some of the largest businesses in Melbourne, as well as the Shadow Treasurer, was definitely a highlight.

It is my third year of involvement with AUJS and the opportunity to interact and work with both political and professional people is unique and exceptional for a student run organisation."

Minette Boroda

Minette Boroda interned with Sam Hibbins - State Greens Member for Prahan.

"My expectations were beyond exceeded! I got to see up close the difference Sam and his office make on a daily basis to the lives of their constituents and their unwavering commitment to social justice.

Everyone was so welcoming, they made me feel like one of them instantly. Sam’s office was unlike any place I have ever worked; everyone valued my contributions. Everyday at the office I did something different, I wrote media releases for their upcoming community forums, drafted a parliamentary briefing, came up with tactics and key messages for one of their future campaigns and made calls to recruit volunteers for letter boxing (I got a yes on my first call, which will forever be on their Office Wins Wall)!

The highlight of my internship was leading a strategic planning meeting based on what I learned in university studying PR. I learned so much from my internship and at the same time made new friends. This experiences was unforgettable!"

VWIP 2016 - Where are they now?  

Tobi Rosengarten

In 2016, Tobi first met Nick Staikos MP as an intern in the inaugural Victorian Winter Internship Program. Now, a year on, Tobi has been employed as a staff member in the office of Nick Staikos MP - Member for Bentleigh. Through the internship program and the Susan Wakil Fellowship, we have seen Tobi go from strength to strength in the areas of politics and campaigning.

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