Mannkal's eFocus                        January 2018

Dear <<First Name>>
From the polar vortex in North America to heat waves in eastern Australia, I am struck by the variety of places where Mannkal sends young scholars to intern at leading domestic and international think tanks.

Dealing with variable conditions and different cultures are valuable experiences. For some, this is a new reality, especially for those who have not worked or travelled before.

While unfashionable, I view two important attributes for success in our program and life: resilience and fundamental skills.

Firstly: resilience. While obvious, dealing with ups and downs is not simple if every earlier effort has resulted in awards or praise. Life does not work like this. Smart students, who reflect on feedback and criticism, tend to thrive. Those who argue or debate the point are destined to be left behind.

Constantly placing yourself in unfamiliar and uncomfortable situations helps build resilience and confidence. It may include failures and negative experiences, but these are also useful! It is best done away from home where a sense of independence develops.

Fundamental skills. There is a lingering myth that there is an abundance of entry-level jobs where graduates make major decisions and are consulted on strategic acquisitions. Most often, newcomers will simply need to get stuff done, supporting senior and experienced professionals. Time management, clear and concise communication and common-sense prioritisation are fundamental skills. Second languages, extra-curricular activities and advanced degrees are great, but timely output is a more important first step.

I am certain all the Mannkal interns in places as far apart as London, Washington, Ottawa, Hong Kong and Wellington will successfully deal with the weather and work challenges that they encounter. This will help build their resilience and help them understand the importance of fundamentals.

For a 20-year-old with ambition, to succeed, you do not need to have gone to top high school, come from a wealthy background or be the top of your class. Being ready to build resilience and develop fundamental skills is the best start for your career and indeed life. In 2018, Mannkal will be expanding its outbound scholar program and developing new opportunities for bright and ambitious individuals. If you are interested in participating in these programs, talk to a recent scholar, discuss options Mannkal staff members or go to our website

Yours in liberty,

Andrew Pickford
Executive Director

Upcoming Events
Libertarian Q&A with Naomi Brockwell
Friday, 12th January
"Hayek on Hood", Subiaco

The libertarian superstar joins Mannkal once again to talk all things libertarian and what freedom will look like in 2018.
Student seminar: Freedom of Speech with Guest Speaker Nicola Wright
12pm-2pm, Thursday, 18th January
'Hayek on Hood', 3/31 Hood St, Subiaco

Is there a more important right than the right to free speech? How does free speech form the basis of a free, open and just society? Is there a difference between state censorship and civil censorship of speech? There have been numerous cases in Australia of the government restricting the free speech of individuals. Are these justified, or counter-intuitive? Come and join us to explore the ideal of free speech as presented by Nicola Wright of LibertyWorks. 
Seats are limited - RSVP to now!
Asia Liberty Forum
10th - 11th February, 2018 

Atlas Network's Asia Liberty Forum 2018 is co-hosted by Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS) in Indonesia and will take place at the Mandarin Oriental Jakarta hotel. This event brings together friends of the freedom movement across Asia to discuss challenges facing the region and to learn from one another how to most effectively advance free-market reforms.

Scholarship applications have closed and recipients have been announced.
2018 YEAR AHEAD EVENT - save the date!
Wednesday, 7th March 2018
UWA Club

Details forthcoming - stay tuned!
Introducing our 2017/18 Mannkal Scholars
These bright young students are completing internships around the world of approx. 8-12 weeks' duration.
Past Events
Mannkal Alumni & Friends Catch-Up Event
Thursday, 7th December 
The Vic, Subiaco

We were pleased to see so many new and old faces for a friendly catch-up. Celebrating another successful year, we look forward to seeing all friends of Mannkal when we kick our program back up in January.
The Sun Rises in the West II
Friday, 24th November
CERI, Nedlands

Mannkal and IPA ran a fantastic conference on Western Civilisation (a follow-up to our 2010 conference, The Sun Rises in the West). Held at the Centre for Entrepreneurial Research and Innovation, we had over 100 attendees, a large part of which were university and high school students who came curious about the future of Western Civilisation in Australia. Speakers included John Chisholm, Dr Jennifer Oriel, Dr Bella d'Abrera, Dr Kevin Donnely, Rev Peter Kurti and Matthew Lesh. 

See photos here. Revisit the speeches on our Youtube channel.


Mannkal offers international scholarships to Western Australian students. These unique scholarships grant interested young adults a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to intern at an international think tank.

To apply please email the following documents to Kate Wagstaff at
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae (up to two pages) including photograph (within CV)
  • Statement of Academic Record (an unofficial transcript is sufficient)
  • Cover Letter (1 page) detailing why you are the best candidate for this scholarship, and what you hope to gain
  • Please write on only one of the opportunities on offer. Applicants who progress through to the interview stage of the selection process will be considered for all opportunities.
Applications for 2018 Mid Year Internships are now open!

Our multi-step application process involves getting to know you through research reports, events, interviews and workshops. The process can take several months, beginning with your application - so the sooner you apply the better! 

Each year, mid-year internship applications close in early March, and places are determined around April/May. End of year internship applications close in August, and places are finalised in October/November.

Students who are not successful in receiving a scholarship in one intake will still be eligible for the next intake. The longer we have to get to know you, the better we are able to potentially match you with a suitable host think-tank. 

Now is the time to apply, whether you're in first or last year at University. 
Mannkal Economic Education Foundation

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Hayek on Hood, 3/31, Hood Street, Subiaco, Western Australia 6008

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