Congratulations to Grammarian Kate Hitchcock (2014) who has just landed an internship in the office of Californian Democratic Congressman Mark DeSaulnier on Washington DC’s Capitol Hill in 2018.
Kate is currently studying a double degree in politics and international relations and communication in media and public affairs at the University of Canberra.
Kate has taken every opportunity possible to further her knowledge since starting the degree in 2015. She completed a summer internship with the Department of Employment in 2016 and more recently, she undertook work experience with Seven News in the Press Gallery at Parliament House.
As part of her internship, Kate will receive a first-hand look at America’s political system and its institutions. She will attend hearings, briefings and press conferences both on and off Capitol Hill and assist with administrative functions, constituent liaison and legislative research. She will also attend briefings at the US State Department as well as the Australian Embassy.
Kate will also visit the United Nations and travel to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania and to the origins of the American republic in Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, Congress Hall and the National Constitution Centre
We wish Kate well on what will be a very exciting and educational experience.
Grammarian Nipuni Wijewickrema (2009), co-founder of GG’s Flowers was named the winner of the Community Leader Category at this year’s ACT Australian Leadership Excellence Awards in September this year.
Nipuni, alongside her step-mother Geetha, founded GG’s Flowers, a socially sustainable florist based in Canberra. The GG’s Girls’ primary aim is to provide stunning flowers whilst providing employment opportunities to people with disabilities.
GG’s Flowers has grown from strength to strength over the past few years as has Nipuni’s impact on the Canberra Community, which is evident in her achievement as a 2016 Young Australian of the Year Finalist.
Photo above: Kate Hitchcock