Internship Experience: Interning for Scottish Parliament

(Illinois Wesleyan News & Events) – For a politico like Illinois Wesleyan University student Michael Kistner ’15, being part of the action as a country moves toward independence is the opportunity of a lifetime.

Kistner is currently interning for the Minister of Public Health in Scotland. A political science and English writing double major, Kistner is in Scotland to study abroad at the University of Edinburgh. As part of his study abroad experience, he’s serving as a research assistant for the public health minister, Michael Matheson, a member of the Scottish National Party (SNP).

“Because I work for a Minister, I literally have a desk only a few feet away from the First Minister of Scotland (the head of the Scottish government),” said Kistner, a Bloomington, Ill. native. “I’ve been able to hear stories from people who have been members of the SNP since the 1970s, when they were a tiny minority party and independence seemed like a far-off dream.

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