The Parliament-run scheme aims to combat the issue of unpaid internships in the UK, with successful applicants gaining a nine-month paid work experience placement at the Houses of Parliament.
The scheme, which was first launched in 2011, is looking for people from disadvantaged backgrounds that are interested in a career in politics but cannot afford to undertake a minimum wage or unpaid internship.
Within this scheme, 10 participants will spend four days a week (Monday-Thursday) working as an MP’s parliamentary assistant.
On the Friday interns are placed within a certain station within the House of Parliament, enabling them to understand more about a career in politics.
Labour politician Hazel Blears MP fully supports the scheme:
‘‘I believe passionately that people from all backgrounds and parts of the UK should be able to access valuable opportunities like internships…It is simply unfair that someone should miss out simply because they cannot afford to work for free… That is why I set up the Speaker’s Parliamentary Placements Scheme.’’
Simon Allen, one of 2015’s Parliamentary Placement interns explains how you can be a part of the next round of placements.
‘‘Beginning with a detailed application form, shortlisted applicants were then put through two rounds of interviews before anyone was selected, it was a challenge as the level of applicants was so high. I feel privileged to have made it here.’’
If you want to apply for the scheme, click here. The deadline for submissions is Friday 21st August 2015 at 12pm. The start date for the scheme is 12 October 2015.