19 October 2015 Georgia Anton   | News | Extra-Curricular  
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Lachlan heading to WashingtonLachlan Foster will learn first hand how the United States Congress works after being selected to take part in the Uni-Capitol Washington Internship Program.

The program, directed by former Congressional staffer Eric Federing, is available to students of 10 Australian Universities. Competition is fierce with only 14 students selected from 70 applicants. The application process requires each student to meet high academic standards, write a personal reflection essay and a statement that outlines how their interests and beliefs align with one of the prospective Congressional hosts.

Lachlan, who completed his HSC in 2012, is now in his third year of a double degree in Law and Commerce at the University of Wollongong, where he receives a Faculty of Law scholarship.

He will intern in the Washington D.C office of Democrat Mark DeSaulnier, who represents the 11th District of California from the 4th of January to the 27th of February. Congress DeSaulnier is a strong proponent of Obamacare, sustainable environmental policy and fair workplace legislation and this is reflected in his Committee assignments. Lachlan said that “The Congressman shares many of my core values and I’m looking forward to working in his office”.

Lachlan will work in a number of areas including: contacting constituents, supporting senior office staff, writing Committee and legislative briefs, conducting tours for visitors from DeSaulnier’s home District and attending Congressional hearings. “I’m trying to go in without any expectations but it will be a valuable experience getting to see the inner workings of the US political system”, Lachlan said.

While working Lachlan will also have the opportunity to attend briefings at the United Nations Headquarters in New York and the US State Department, visits to Gettysburg and Independence Hall in Philadelphia.

Lachlan said “The teachers at Homebush Boys always inspired and supported me”. “I’d encourage every student to have a go at some extra curricular activities. Mr Sheath pushed me to compete in Robocup, which in turn led me to travel to Turkey in 2011. I really think it helps me stand out when applying for programs like this and I will be forever grateful for the opportunity”.

“I’d also like to particularly thank Mr Pisani, Mr Ahmed and my former extension history teacher Mr Wilson for encouraging me to learn more about the world around me and to always do my best” added Lachlan.

Lachlan and others heading to Washington