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Millennials get chance to learn politics through internships

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    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sat, September 21, 2019   /  03:55 pm
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The logo of Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) is displayed during the opening ceremony of the party congress in Sanur, Bali.(JP/Zul Trio Anggono )

  While millennials are generally seen as apolitical, there is a growing number of young people with an interest in politics who have prompted political parties to give them the opportunity to get engaged in the field. The decades-old Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) has tried to attract younger generations of budding politicians through an internship program called Banteng Muda (Young Bull), referring to the party’s symbol. The program, which also aims to regenerate the party, is open to university graduates from various backgrounds. Selected interns are assigned to assist members of the Jakarta Legislative Council (DPRD) for a number of functions. According to PDI-P faction chairman Gembong Warsono, the internship program was also designed to introduce the younger generations to senior legislative members and to a variety of legislation to improve ...