Training day for 2017 Parliamentary Interns
Issued: Tue, 23 May 2017 00:00:00 BST
(Clockwise from top left: Adam McInnes, Prof Christopher Carman, Rhys Harper, Alison Hopper, Laura Blaney & Carolyn Crawford)
The John Smith Centre was delighted to host the inaugural John Smith Centre Parliamentary Interns at a training session on 22 May 2017. The training was specifically designed to prepare the Interns for working in their host MSPs’ constituency offices and at the Scottish Parliament.
Interns Laura Blaney, Carolyn Crawford, Rhys Harper and Adam McInnes joined Professor Christopher Carman (Stevenson Professor of Citizenship at the University of Glasgow) and Alison Hopper (Development Officer) at the John Smith Centre for a jam-packed session on what to expect from their internship placements and how to get the most out of their experiences.
The interns enjoyed a visit from Martyn McIntyre (Office Manager for Adam Tomkins MSP) who spoke about constituency office life; including the variety of casework, research, parliamentary duties and serving the public on a daily basis.
Kirsty Kilgour from the University’s Internship Hub also joined the session to talk about the support available to the Interns during their placements and recognising their internships on their official HEAR (Higher Education Achievement Report).
The Interns will shortly be commencing their 10-week placements with their host MSPs. Laura Blaney said, “I am extremely grateful to be able to gain professional experience with Anas Sarwar MSP through the John Smith Centre. I’ve always been interested in politics at a local and national level and during my internship I hope to make an active contribution and learn the skills necessary to effectively serve the public.”
The John Smith Centre Internship Programme has been made possible by generous funding from Community Trade Union and seeks to address the inequality of opportunity in access to internship work experience, and create hands-on learning opportunities for students to engage in frontline public service roles.
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Parliamentary Internship Programme
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