The Political Studies Association-Parliament PhD Internship 2017 (x2) (4 months)

Страна: Великобритания;

Город: London

Добавлена: 15.07.2017

Работодатель: The Political Studies Association

Тип: Vacancy for students or masters; Internship;

Для кого: For consultants;

Дедлайн подачи: 01.09.2017


This joint initiative between the PSA and House of Commons Committee Office provides a fantastic opportunity for PSA members who are currently studying for a PhD to gain some real-world experience of working in Westminster. The successful applicant(s) will be placed either within a team of staff supporting a specific Select Committee or in the Scrutiny Unit. This will be a paid full-time four-month placement paying £1,000 per month.

What your role will be

Whether placed with a Select Committee or in the Scrutiny Unit, the successful candidate will be assigned a specific task or tasks which are likely to involve one or more of the following:

    Policy and evidence analysis
    Research using both primary and secondary sources
    Preparation of written briefing materials for Members serving on a Committee
    Briefing MPs orally, and responding to their questions

Read the Job Description for more information on what this role entails.
Who are we looking for?

The person we are looking for will be able to demonstrate:

    An excellent command of the English language both orally and in writing
    Academic knowledge in a field related to politics, parliament, public policy, social science or public expenditure
    An ability to research and prepare written briefing suitable for non-expert audiences and to tight deadlines
    High level drafting skills
    Good general IT skills (word processing, internet, email etc)
    Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work as part of a team

For more information please consult the person specification.
What previous interns had to say

"I was afforded the opportunity by PSA to take a work placement in the House of Commons Committee Office between November 2014 and March 2015. In that time I came to develop a much greater appreciation of our Parliamentary process and found the House to be an intellectually stimulating and rewarding place to work. I heartily recommend the placement scheme to fellow members of PSA."
Stuart Ingham

"As a result of my experience during the PSA/House of Commons internship I am now considering applying for the Civil Service Fast Stream programme on completion of my PhD, as I feel that the internship has given me an invaluable insight into what working for Parliament entails. I have also gained a broader perspective on the process of policy formation and scrutiny, which is proving helpful in informing my PhD and wider research."
Libby McEnhill

"Time spent at the House of Commons was invaluable in terms of job-hunting. A few months on the Select Committee staff gave me a chance to prove my ability to do policy work and operate in a different workplace. This definitely enhances any CV and the experience I gained is proving useful even now, in my new role as Research and Policy Officer for the Transparency International-UK Defence and Security Programme."
Karolina Maclachlan
How to apply

All applicants MUST be members of the PSA studying full-time or part-time for a PhD and have the right to work full-time in the UK. To apply for this opportunity, please send your CV along with a one-page covering letter to with 'HoC placement' in the subject line. Make sure you explain why you want to take on the internship, and how you fulfil the personal qualities set out in the person specification and job description.

Successful candidates will need to provide evidence that they are an EU citizen or have the right to work in the United Kingdom.

The closing date for applications is 1 September 2017.

Interviews for short-listed candidates will take place in September. Start dates are negotiable and will be confirmed with the candidate once an offer has been accepted.

The PSA is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity and welcomes applications from anyone with the qualifications indicated above.

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