Here’s what some of our interns have to say about working on the good ideas at CPD:
“The dedicated team at CPD helped me to discover my passion for environmental protection and sustainability. Their commitment to effective and sustainable policy in Australia inspired me to take action and create the change I so desperately wanted to see. I had an amazing experience here during my placement at University and afterwards as a volunteer. I learnt so many new skills and I encourage anyone with in interest in policy development to volunteer with them. Thanks for all the opportunities you have given me. Thanks for such an amazing opportunity!!!” - Gemma Borgo-Caratti
“The hard-working and talented team at CPD have been an awesome inspiration in achieving progressive policy goals. Interning here has been a great experience through university, especially in seeing how professional policy researchers go about their work. From the day I came in here I’ve not stopped learning, from communications strategy to policy research/analysis. Without a doubt the greatest experience has been being around the team and their deep knowledge and experience of politics and policy. If you’re at all interested in public policy or progressive politics, I would absolutely recommend CPD.” - Tim Buckley
Sustainable economy intern program 2013
The generous support of the Hamer Family Fund has enabled CPD to establish an internship program, to train early career researchers in policy research, development and communication, and to add to the capacity of our Sustainable Economy program. The formal internship program, allows us to: a) attract the highest possible calibre of volunteers through a formal, competitive internship application process; b) provide high-quality induction and training to those volunteers to enable them to make the most of what they learn during their time at CPD in their future careers.
Supervision and training is provided by research director of CPD’s Sustainable economy program Laura Eadie.
Penney Wood is the Research Intern for the Sustainable economy marine program. Penney’s areas of expertise are scientific research and evidence-based policy development with honours specialising in animal behaviour and welfare.
She has previously worked in legal research consultancy and conservation advocacy and currently teaches sustainable and human rights law at Macquarie University. Penney is also a volunteer researcher specialising in animal welfare matters for the NSW Greens. She has qualifications in Biology, and public policy.
With an interest in creative forms of change-making she keeps her radar tuned to ideas and actions that will contribute to a brighter future. Louise’s research interests include community development, the contest of economic ideas and cities and citizenship. Louise has worked and volunteered in a number of community organisations and is currently working at the Australian Council of Social Service.
Richard Northcott is working on the Greening Australia’s land economy project, which will explore how to leverage Australia’s skills in innovation and stewardship to maintain a strong land-based economy. Richard completed his Bachelor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Sydney and went on to set up and manage sustainable farming operations in East Africa and biofuel distribution in the UK. Since then he has worked in energy services and renewable energy as both a consultant and business development manager. Having experienced first hand the positive effects that increased efficiency and more sustainable practices can have on agriculture, he will be working to promote the benefits of these strategies to relevant stakeholders and policy makers.
Kudos to the awesome volunteers and interns who help make good ideas matter, and many thanks to the volunteers and interns who have helped us along the way:
Zoe Anderson, Gavin Azar, Kevin Bathman, Reged Ahmed, Anna Bardsley, Jack Brady, Gemma Borgo-Caratti, Edwina Burns, Fiona Cameron, Christopher Carlisle, Sally Castle, Billy Coleman, Katreena Doherty, Leigh Ewbank, James Fehon, Peter Frank, Chris Gatfield, Imogen Halstead, Jennifer Hanson, Beth Hill, Trisca Kumar, Liam Jeal, Megan Lipworth, Richard L’Estrange, Andy MacKinlay, Dan MacKinlay, Kate Mason, Lina Mbirkou, Megan McCarthy, Catriona Menzies-Pike, Alana Mew, Sharon Moore, James Murray, Luke Ringland, Amelia Robertson, Barry Saunders, Christian Smyth, Gustaf Sorman-Nilsson, Lachlan Simpson, Johanna Schlosmacher, Beth Tasker, Peter Tyson, Grant Young, Jeff Waugh, Georgia White, Marisa Wikramanayake, Doug Wiles, Peter Worland, Natalie-Niamh Wright, Rob Harding-Smith, Anna Long, John Ryall, Greta Whyte, Mark Callender, Emma Nugent, Aude Perrine, Adam Ingle, Lauren Dawson, Robin Burton, Tim Buckley, Benjamin Clark, Raihana Haidary, Flordeliz Bonifacio, Luke McCann, Nicola Moore, Nicola Rhind, Julia Hosking and Kurt Willis.