Lankapage Logo CP 22 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Sri Lanka Parliament launches a Parliamentary Internship Program
Thu, Mar 16, 2023, 08:00 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 16, Colombo: Parliament of Sri Lanka with the support of National Democratic Institute (NDI) and USAID launched a parliamentary internship program, providing young professionals and students with practical experience in policy development and public service.

The program was launched on March 1 in Parliament under the patronage of Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, and Secretary General of Parliament Mr. Dhammika Dasanayake, Chief of Staff and Deputy Secretary General Mrs. Kushani Rohanadeera and Assistant Secretary General Mr. Tikiri Jayathilaka, Senior Resident Country Director of the National Democratic Institute (NDI) Mrs. Thusitha Pilapitiya and a group of officials were present. The Speaker delivered the keynote speech at the inauguration.

Following outreach efforts to all the national universities in Sri Lanka, a group of interns was carefully chosen from the eight universities who responded. Accordingly, eight state Universities, namely, Colombo, Sri Jayawardenapura, Kelaniya, Peradeniya, Rajarata, Jaffna, Ruhuna, and Sabaragamuwa have collaborated for the internship program with a group of selected 35 interns.

The program’s selection criteria and structure ensure a comprehensive and tailored experience, with the curriculum designed to develop skills and knowledge for different career paths.

NDI, in collaboration with the parliament, conducted a three-day residential orientation program aimed at providing a deeper insight into the intern role. The program featured several sessions covering legislative development, engaging with Parliament, and various modes of interaction with Parliament. The heads of departments and sections of the Parliament conducted the program. The program concluded with a recap and evaluation session by students, followed by an open discussion where interns had the opportunity to raise questions.

Following a three-day orientation program, the interns have been allocated to their respective departments, and throughout their internship period, they will receive hands-on working experience with the Parliament of Sri Lanka.

The program’s curriculum promotes inclusivity, diversity, and skill development for different career paths. The initiative aims to create goodwill ambassadors for parliament, address the trust deficit between parliament and youth, promote democracy, and educate young people about Parliament of Sri Lanka. The program highlights the Parliament’s commitment to the Open Parliament Initiative and aims to address the trust deficit between Parliament and youth while safeguarding democracy.


ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories ::
‘Sayura’ Study Campus of Mahapola Ports & Maritime Academy opened
-- [32 minutes ago]
Using English for all first grade students commences from today
-- [5 hours ago]
The first batch of eggs imported from India released to the market
-- [6 hours ago]
Sri Lanka President says ethnic issue must be resolved for the country to prosper
-- [6 hours ago]
Court of Appeal cannot order the retirement of doctors and other employees, AG informs court
Sri Lankan High Commissioner discusses bilateral economic cooperation with India Reserve Bank Governor
Sri Lanka Navy finds over 165kg of Kerala cannabis worth over Rs. 54 million in Madagal, Jaffna
EU funded SEDR Project launches Policy Brief to strengthen alternative dispute resolution in Sri Lanka
SLT-MOBITEL powers Future Minds as national ICT solutions provider
Hunas Holdings PLC announces landmark partnership with Adrian Zecha

Copyright © 2000, 2020 by (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.