SUNY/KENYA Launches 2008 Parliamentary Internship Program
SUNY/CID NEWS STORIES 2008
A one-day orientation program was held on March 13 in the Kenyan Parliament for the 2008 Class of Parliamentary Interns. The interns were given an overview of the program and officially welcomed to the Kenya National Assembly, where they will serve for ten months assisting Parliament's various departments and committees.
The Kenya Parliamentary Internship Program is an activity of the Parliamentary Program Strengthening in Kenya, jointly funded by USAID and DFID and implemented by SUNY/CID. The highly-successful internship program, now in its seventh year, offers young Kenyan professionals an excellent opportunity to enhance their understanding of the National Assembly and to witness the legislative process from within. A series of lectures by local and international experts complements their hands-on work in the Assembly. Selected through an objective and very competitive process from a pool of 176 recent graduates of fourteen Kenyan universities, the interns passed through a rigorous evaluation of their qualifications on paper as well as in person, including interviews with a distinguished panel from Parliament, academia, and SUNY/Kenya. The Class of 2008 is as representative as it is highly-qualified: seven of the twenty finalists are women; they hail from all of Kenya's regions; including the marginalized North-Eastern Province and a number have graduated with distinctions.
A goal of the program is that more graduates interact and engage with Parliament through this program, Parliament as a public institution will be demystified and more Kenyans will get a better understanding of how it functions and the critical role that it plays in the governance of the county.