Each year the FW de Klerk Foundation hosts interns from South Africa and abroad. The Foundation has a long-standing relationship with the Graduate Leaders Program of the Council of Women World Leaders, a network of current and former women prime ministers and presidents. Through this program, graduate students are placed in high-level policy organisations and ministries - including the FW de Klerk Foundation - in order to gain unique exposure to significant leadership and gender-related policy. The Foundation has also hosted students from the Harvard Kennedy School, as well as individuals who approach the Foundation in their personal capacity.
During an internship at the FW de Klerk Foundation, interns are given an opportunity to research and produce a paper on a topic of interest. Interns are also expected to write articles suitable for publication based on issues relevant to the work of the Foundation and its Centre for Constitutional Rights.
Other scheduled activities include visits to Parliament, and participation in Foundation activities, such as community service for Mandela Day, and assisting at, and attending, conferences and events hosted by the Foundation.
Vincent Quaglia (2018)
Bachelor of Arts: Political Science and History, University of Miami, United States (2014-2018)
“My interest in the South African political landscape first emerged after reading newspapers during my semester studying at the University of Cape Town. Eager to immerse myself further, I began looking for a research-oriented internship that would enable me to both learn more about the country’s political system, while also pursuing my interest in constitutional law. The FW de Klerk Foundation, with its mission to preserve the Constitution and maintain the Rule of Law, was a natural fit.
While interning, my research has centred around the ongoing debate over land reform and the possibility of expropriation without compensation. The experience has undoubtedly improved my research abilities and has left me with a much greater awareness of the challenges facing South Africa and other young democracies. I hope to use this knowledge to make a positive contribution to the Foundation’s efforts to promote effective governance.”
Vincent is currently completing his final year of his undergraduate studies at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.