From intern to “in government”: Premier-elect a former Monash Politics student

Premier-Elect Daniel Andrews
Premier-Elect Daniel Andrews

Victoria’s Premier-elect, Daniel Andrews, is yet another graduate of the Monash Politics program to be elected to a leadership role. Andrews completed a Politics major as part of the Bachelor of Arts at Monash, during which time he also benefited from our partnership with the Victorian Parliamentary Internship Scheme, undertaking an internship at the Victorian parliament as part of his studies.

The Victorian Parliamentary Internship Program offers students the unique opportunity to undertake an internship with a member of the Parliament of Victoria during their third year of studies. It provides students with real life experience of public policy research and writing, as well as first-hand exposure to the operation of the parliamentary system.

The Premier-elect undertook his Victorian parliamentary internship in 1994 while studying at Monash, completing his internship report on local government reform. He was elected to the legislative assembly in 2002.

Daniel Andrews’ involvement with the internship program has been ongoing, speaking with more recent intern intakes on induction days.

The internship program is marking its 25th anniversary next year and the Parliament of Victoria will be celebrating this with an event held in the second half of next year.

Organisers are looking forward to the prospect of involving Daniel Andrews in this event as we again recognise the success of Monash Politics graduates and the outcomes of the Victorian Parliamentary Internship Program.

With more updates on the election results, comes the news that two other former Monash Victorian Parliamentary interns are entering the Parliament of Victoria. They are; Nick Staikos, the newly elected MLA for Bentleigh, who did the internship in 2007 and Philip Dalidakis, newly elected MLC in the Southern Metropolitan region, who did the internship in 1997. 

Find out more