US-NZ Congressional Interns

2012 – 2013

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1Laura de Haan was born in Matakana, New Zealand.  She moved to Wellington to attend Victoria University, where she studied politics, international relations, and history.  She recently completed her Honours year in international relations while interning for the Hon. Jacinda Ardern, who serves as the Labour Party Spokesperson for Social Development in New Zealand’s Parliament.  She was awarded one of the University’s top honours in 2012.  Ms. De Haan plans to pursue a career helping to combat poverty, abuse, and neglect among New Zealand children.  She aspires to work for an organization such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.



2Rachael Harris was born and raised in Wellington, New Zealand.  In 2008 she enrolled in the University of Canterbury to pursue a degree in Natural Resource Engineering.  She recently earned her degree, majoring in Māori and Indigenous studies and minoring in Geography.  In October 2012, Ms. Harris was named a fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University and participated in the First Nations Futures’ Programme.  In 2013, Miss Harris will undertake a Masters in Laws thesis, researching the concept of co-management of waterways on New Zealand’s South Island.



4Clark Hennessy was born and raised in Opotiki, New Zealand in the Eastern Bay of Plenty.  He completed secondary school at Sacred Heart College in Auckland before moving to Wellington, where he began studying for a Bachelor of Arts at Victoria University with a major in Political Science and Film.  He has received the University’s John Fitzgerald Kennedy Awards in U.S. Government and Politics at both the undergraduate (2009) and graduate (2012) levels.  In 2012 he completed the Honors Program in Political Science.  Mr. Hennessy also interned for the Hon. Simon Bridges in New Zealand’s Parliament.



3Seamus Woods was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, and raised in Pukerua Bay.  He completed secondary school at Paraparaumu College on the Kapiti Coast, and later returned to Christchurch to pursue a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry at the University of Canterbury.  While attending University, he became involved in the Law Students’ Society, first serving as its Education Officer in 2011 and later being elected President in 2012.  Following the Congressional Internship in Washington, DC, Mr. Woods will be working as a NZ Judge’s Research Clerk in Wellington.