Parliament Journal #2/2017

INTERNATIONAL AND UKRAINIAN EXPERIENCE OF PARLIAMENTARY INTERNSHIP PROGRAMS

The work is dedicated to the topic of functioning and organization of internship programs in the Parliaments of the world. 20 countries with different levels of political and economic development and the European Parliament were researched. All the programs have in common the target group: mainly young people under 30, university graduates and young professionals. The analysis of internship programs has shown that the main goals of their functioning are creation of career opportunities for talented youth and formation of the human resources for the apparatus of parliaments and other state authorities. Internship programs also serve as a factor in enhancing the prestige and attractiveness of the civil service for young people.

Another section is dedicated to the internship programs that are functioning in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. The research mentions unofficial programs (commercial and free) and the official Parliamentary Internship Program, which works since 1995.

The analysis and conclusions conducted in the research can be used for implementation of the best international practices for the development of Parliamentary Internship Program in the Verkhovna Rada.

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The preparation and presentation of Parliament Journal is part of the project embodied by the Agency for Legislative Initiatives, supported by the USAID Rada Program: Responsible Accountable Democratic Assembly, implemented by the East Europe Foundation.