US-NZ Congressional Interns

2013 – 2014

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1Andrew Pullar was born and raised in Christchurch, New Zealand. After completing secondary school at Saint Bedes College, he entered the University of Canterbury where he earned a Bachelor of Laws with honors and a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Classics. During his time at University, Andrew served as the Education Officer of the Law Student’s Society, represented the Law School for Mooting and performed in the Law Revue show.

Andrew is working in the office of Representative Mike Conaway (R-Texas). At the conclusion of his US-NZ Congressional Internship Program in late January 2014, he will be a Judge’s Clerk at the Supreme Court of New Zealand in Wellington. He will also serve as the Education Vice-President for the NZ Law Students’ Association. He intends to return to the United States to pursue a master’s degree, and aspires to work in international law and politics.



2Sarah McLaughlin was born in Te Awamutu, New Zealand. After completing secondary school at Waikato Diocesan School in Hamilton, she moved to Christchurch to attend the University of Canterbury. She recently earned a Bachelor of Laws degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Sociology and minoring in Economics. A component of her law degree was attained at the University of Cincinnati Law School in Ohio, where she participated in an exchange program in 2012.

Sarah is working in the office of Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio). When her US-NZ Congressional Internship concludes in late January, she plans to complete her legal professionals course and embark on her legal career I New Zealand. Eventually she would like to earn a Master’s degree in international law and politics, and become more involved in the international relations. In her spare time she enjoys playing women’s rugby and exploring the outdoors.



4Mitchell Trezona-lecomte was born in Rangiora and grew up in various places throughout New Zealand, including North Canterbury, the Waikato, and the Bay of Plenty. He completed his secondary education at Cambridge High School. At Victoria University in Wellington, he earned a Bachelor’s degree in law and political science, and a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) in International Relations. His academic interests include East Asian international relations, U.S. foreign policy, international political economy, political philosophy, and public law. In 2013, Mitchell worked as an intern for the Hon. Trevor Mallard, a Member of the NZ Parliament.

Mitchell is working in the office of Representative Peter DeFazio (D-Oregon). During his US-NZ Congressional Internship, he hopes to gain a fuller understanding of the relationship between business and government, and how this relationship influences the legislative process. Following his time in Washington, he plans to pursue a career in diplomacy.



3Alexandra Reuhman was born and raised in Wellington, New Zealand. She attended Wellington Girls College and completed her secondary education at College du Christ-Roi, Ottignies in Belgium, as part of an AFS exchange program. At Victoria University in Wellington, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Modern Languages (Spanish and French), and a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) in International Relations. As part of her studies, she attended the University of Oviedo in Spain and China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing.

She served as an intern for Paul Goldsmith, a Member of the NZ Parliament, and was actively involved in the Victoria University Leadership Programme and the Victoria Plus Award Programme. In January 2014, Alex received the “European Union Prize” from her university for her in-depth essay on food safety issues.

Since mid-November 2013, Alexandra has been working in the office of Representative Vicky Hartzler (R-Missouri). Her dedication so impressed Representative Hartzler and her staff that they asked Alex to extend her internship into May 2014. During the coming months in Washington, she will be taking courses on global trade and politics offered by the Washington Center. At the end of her US-NZ Congressional Internship, she plans to study Mandarin and pursue a career in international affairs.