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Young professionals and students were given a practical experience in policy development and public service under a parliamentary internship programme launched recently.
Following outreach efforts to all national universities in Sri Lanka, a group of interns were carefully chosen from eight universities that responded.
Eight State universities, namely, Colombo, Jaffna, Kelaniya, Peradeniya, Rajarata, Ruhuna, Sabaragamuwa and Sri Jayewardenepura collaborated for the internship programme with a group of 35 interns, Parliament said.
The programme’s selection criteria and structure ensure a comprehensive and tailored experience, with the curriculum designed to develop skills and knowledge for different career paths.
A three-day residential orientation programme aimed at providing a deeper insight into the intern role was held under the programme, which featured several sessions covering legislative development, engaging with Parliament, and various modes of interaction with Parliament.
Heads of departments and sections of the Parliament conducted the programme. The programme concluded with a recap and evaluation session by students, followed by an open discussion where interns had the opportunity to raise questions.
Following a three-day orientation programme, the interns were allocated to their respective departments, and throughout their internship period, they will receive hands-on working experience with the Parliament of Sri Lanka.
The Parliament, with the support of the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and USAID conducted the programme under the patronage of Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, and Secretary General of Parliament Dhammika Dasanayake.
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