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Speaker’s Parliamentary Placement Scheme 2017/2018 – 9 Months Paid Internship at the UK Parliament.

Application Deadline: June 11th 2017

The Speaker’s Parliamentary Placement Scheme believes Parliament should be accessible to everyone. It is 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.

The scheme was originally conceived and championed by the Rt Hon Hazel Blears MP, the scheme is now being led by Dan Jarvis MP, with additional cross-party support provided by Victoria Prentis MP.

There are 10 positions available with MPs from different political parties. The Scheme is open to people from all walks of life and every nation and region in the UK. In previous years, successful candidates have ranged from school leavers, to those in their mid-50s, and they moved to London from many different parts of the UK.

Working in conjunction with The Creative Society, the scheme offers 10 paid internships to people from diverse backgrounds, and helps to make access to – and experience of – Parliament more representative of the UK population.

Successful applicants spend four days a week, Monday to Thursday, working in an MP’s office as a parliamentary assistant. This involves a variety of tasks from answering correspondence from constituents to taking minutes of Select Committee hearings. On Fridays interns are placed with one of the various departments of the House of Commons. This allows interns the chance to really get to grips with the workings of Parliament.

Speaker’s Parliamentary Placement Scheme: Parliamentary Assistant

Wage: £9.75 per hour (London Living Wage).

Contract: 9 months.
Portcullis House, Westminster, Central London.
Reports to: 
MP and in their absence, a member of staff within the MP’s office.
37.5 hours/week (some evening work may occasionally be required) .

Job Description

Duties and Responsibilities

Please note that this list is not exhaustive and duties will vary depending on the MP office successful candidates are assigned to. To get a better idea of the differences between the offices, please visit our Meet the Interns page and click on their profiles, which contain a description of their working week. All successful candidates will be office based and the role will revolve heavily around general office administration.

  • General office administration including:

–          Scanning and logging correspondence
–          Filing
–          Answering calls
–          Greeting visitors

  • Diary management including arranging meetings for MPs, replying to requests
  • Undertaking research and writing short briefings (1 page documents on a particular issue in line with the MP’s political aims)
  • Taking minutes in meetings
  • Drafting letters to constituents, other MPs, Peers, charities, businesses
  • Managing MP’s letter, email and telephone correspondence
  • Support for events including booking rooms, inviting guests and speakers
  • Attending meetings with MPs and Parliamentary Assistants
  • Attending training sessions with the House of Commons

Person Specification

Essential skills

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
  • Efficient
    • 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
  • Passionate
    • 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.


Essential experience

  • Experience of work either through volunteering, paid part-time or full-time work, or other (see FAQ page if this is point is unclear to you)

How to apply:

Please email the following two documents to speakers@thecreativesociety.co.uk

  1. A completed Application Form
  2. A copy of your CV. Your CV should be no longer than two A4 sheets of paper.

Please save the documents in pdf format and write your name in the document title. You will find out whether your application has been successful during the week commencing June 19.

Closing Date:

  • Sunday June 11, midnight

Interview Dates:

First round interviews will take place in Somerset House, London, during the week commencing June 26. For the first round, skype or phone interviews are available for candidates living outside the London area.

Second round interviews will be held in Westminster during the week commencing July 17th. Candidates will be interviewed by the MP they would be working with.  Places on the scheme will be confirmed after this interview.

Approximate Start Date:

TBC, likely start date week commencing 25 September 2017

Contact details:

If you have any further questions about the role that our FAQ page does not cover then please contact the speakers@thecreativesociety.co.uk

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Speaker’s Parliamentary Placement Scheme


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