We believe Parliament should be accessible to everyone. We are widening access by offering a 9 month paid placement to people who have the skills, passion and potential to work here but don’t have access to the traditional routes in.
Successful candidates will spend their time getting to understand parliament by working with an MP in their office from Monday – Thursday. They will spend their Fridays in different departments in the House of Commons to gain an insight into how Parliament functions. Each intern will work in 2 departments, rotating halfway through the scheme. Examples of departments they could be working in are the House of Commons Library, Governance Office and Visitor Services. The scheme also provides interns with: a chance to find out how business interacts with politics through a series of corporate away days hosted by the scheme sponsors; a change to learn more about different career paths in politics through series of Masterclasses ; and a personal career coach to help with finding employment at the end of the scheme.
The Scheme gives successful candidates a detailed understanding of how the House of Commons operates, providing them with work experience in the political sector along with the experience of working as part of a team in a small office environment. The aim is to equip participants with the skills and knowledge necessary to secure full-time employment after the scheme. Many of the interns previously on the scheme still work in the House of Commons as Parliamentary Assistants or in other departments.
The Scheme is due to start in September, date TBC. During the first two weeks, successful candidates will be provided with tours of the House of Commons and introductory talks on the workings of it, as well as training in Microsoft Office, including introductions to Word, Excel and Outlook to equip candidates with a basic working knowledge.
Opportunity is About:
Candidates should be from:
Description of Ideal Candidate:
There are 10 positions available with MPs from different political parties. The Scheme is open to people of any age above the legal working age, from all walks of life and every nation and region in the UK.
We are looking for someone who is:
- Resilient and optimistic
- You will be able to work in a high pressure environment with frequent changes in your workload and schedule
- You will be able to work independently
- You will respond receptively and positively to feedback
- You will be able to remain calm and cope with setbacks and challenging situations in a professional manner
- Reliable and trustworthy
- You will understand the importance of the reputation of Parliament, the Scheme and the Member you work for, and will always act in its best interest
- You will be dealing with highly confidential information and must be trusted to act in accordance with information security guildelines
- You will be able to prioritise your team’s needs and meet your deadlines
- You will have a track record of delivering tasks to high standards and working to deadlines
- You will be well organised with excellent time-management, admin skills and attention to detail
- Good written skills for drafting correspondence, writing reports and research papers, etc
- About UK politics, with up-to-date knowledge of current affairs (see FAQ page if this is point is unclear to you)
- About being part of the scheme. We are looking for someone committed to developing their skills and knowledge, who can become an advocate for the scheme.
- Experience of work either through volunteering, paid part-time or full-time work, or other
Deadline: June 11, 2017
Cost/funding for participants:
Wage: £9.75 per hour (London Living Wage)