The US | New Zealand Council was proud to host the David Teece CNZM intern program for 2014-2015.  Four extremely talented young kiwis worked in Congressional offices from November – January:  Kate Warren in Congressman John Lewis (D-GA), Dylan Chambers in the office of Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Erika Webb in the office of Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (D-NMI), and Tom O’Brien in the office of Congressman Richard Neal (D-MA).

Congressional Internship Picture

Pictured L to R: Melinda Wood (Embassy), David Gaston (Embassy), Kate Warren, Dylan Chambers, Erika Webb, and Tom O’Brien


Congressman Lewis & Kate Warren

Pictured: Congressman John Lewis (GA-5th) and Kate Warren


Erika Webb and Congressman SablanPictured: Congressman Sablan and Erika Webb


Dylan Chambers and Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR-3)

Pictured: Dylan Chambers and Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR-3)

Congratulations to all!

Bio of Kate Warren:

Kate Warren was born and raised in Christchurch, New Zealand. She is currently working towards a Bachelor of Laws degree and Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Psychology at Canterbury University. During her time at Canterbury University Kate has volunteered with a small group of law students, working in conjunction with Community Law Canterbury, to establish and develop a Tenancy and Housing clinic on campus. Kate has been involved in mooting, debating and client interviewing. She was selected to assist Nigel Hampton QC to prepare four cases for private prosecution and volunteers with the Prison Information Service. Kate has a particular interest in immigration law, which she researched and wrote on during her time in the US, and public international law. Kate is a well-balanced student that enjoys horse riding, and racing a Modified Sprint and a TQ Midget at Speedway.

Kate worked in the office of Congressman John Lewis (D – Georgia). At the conclusion of her US – NZ David Teece Congressional Internship Program in early 2015 Kate will return to Canterbury University to complete her qualifications.


Bio of Erika Webb:

Erika Webb was born and raised in Wellington, New Zealand. After completing secondary school at Hutt Valley High School, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy, and a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) in International Relations at Victoria University of Wellington. At Victoria, Erika was awarded the Alan Robinson Memorial Prize (2014) for best Honours student in International Relations, and the Sir Walter Nash Prize (2014) for her essay on conflict resolution. Her academic interests include political economy, institutional design, and international relations in the Asia-Pacific region.

Erika is working in the office of Representative Gregorio Kilili Sablan, the US delegate from the Northern Mariana Islands. After the conclusion of her US-NZ Congressional Internship in January 2015, she will begin a Master’s degree in Political Science at Victoria University while interning at the British High Commission. Upon completing her Master’s degree Erika intends to pursue a career in international affairs.


Bio of Dylan Chambers:

Dylan holds a Bachelor of Arts with first class honours in international relations and modern language studies from Victoria of Wellington, New Zealand. Prior to completing an internship in the U.S. Congress in the office of Representative Earl Blumenauer, Dylan undertook an internship in the New Zealand Parliament and the Spanish Embassy to New Zealand, and worked as a research assistant in Victoria University’s Department of Political Science. Dylan’s passion for world affairs is reflected in his fluency in four foreign languages (Spanish, French, Swedish and German) and his extended experience studying abroad. In 2010-2014, Dylan completed a 10-month course in international leadership in Denmark, a student exchange to Sweden and attended the G20 Youth Forum in Germany, the International Student Festival in Trondheim, Norway, and ISCA’s Global Youth Dialogue in Slovenia. Dylan currently works as an editorial assistant for the academic journal Political Science, an intern in the Council for International Development, and as a tutor of international political economy at Victoria University. In his free time, Dylan enjoys reading history, literature and philosophy and has a keen interest in the outdoors, particularly hiking and mountain biking.