Launch of John Smith Centre Parliamentary Internship Programme

Issued: Thu, 09 Mar 2017 11:09:00 GMT

‌‌The John Smith Centre for Public Service, in partnership with Community Trade Union, is delighted to announce the launch of a new 10-week Parliamentary Internship Programme which will pay students above the national living wage and provide much sought after work experience with an MSP.

The first paid internship opportunity of its kind in Scotland, 3rd and 4th year undergraduate students from the University of Glasgow’s School of Social and Political Sciences are being invited to apply for four internship positions based in the constituency offices of host MSPs from the SNP, the Scottish Green Party, the Scottish Conservatives and Scottish Labour.

Designed to address the inequality of opportunity in access to internship work experience opportunities and inspire the next generation of public servants, the John Smith Centre Parliamentary Internship Programme will also be recognised on students’ official Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR).

Humza Yousaf, MSP for Glasgow Pollok, praised the internship programme for its inclusive approach to workplace experience:

“It is essential that young people who are considering a career in politics and public service or who wish to gain an insight into Parliament and the work of an MSP have the opportunity to do so, regardless of their financial means.

“By providing young people with the opportunity to sample political life, to gain knowledge of the role of an MSP and their responsibilities, and to perform tasks such as writing briefings and getting involved in local campaigns we can help to foster the next generation of elected representatives and public service leaders.

“It is therefore welcome news that The John Smith Centre Parliamentary Internship Programme is the first formalised, structured and fully paid internship programme to provide work experience opportunities to students from a diverse range of backgrounds with Members of the Scottish Parliament.”

For more information and to apply for a John Smith Centre Parliamentary Internship position, please visit the University of Glasgow's Internship Hub or email InternshipHub@glasgow.ac.uk.  The closing date for applications is 23 March 2017.