Parliamentary Internship Programme
2017 Interns (from L-R: Adam McInnes, Carolyn Crawford, Laura Blaney & Rhys Harper)
The John Smith Centre Parliamentary Internship Programme was launched in Spring 2017 and is designed to address the inequality of opportunity in access to internship work experience.
The Programme has been made possible by generous funding from the Scottish Government and Community Trade Union, and pays interns above the national Living Wage for much sought after work experience with MSPs.
It stems from a wish to create hands-on learning opportunities for University of Glasgow students to engage in frontline public service roles, and to provide a platform from which young people can examine and evaluate the role of public servants and elected representatives today.
Through the structured 10-week placement programme, our interns have the opportunity to work in parliamentary and constituency settings in close cooperation with their host MSPs and their staff, enabling them to develop a range of workplace relevant skills and an appreciation for the value of a career in public service.