The Hansard Scholars staff is delighted to announce important changes to its Summer Academic Internship Programme.
Effective Summer 2013, the Programme will be shortened from 11 weeks to eight. The eight week Programme includes an unpaid internship at the heart of the British political establishment: with a Member of Parliament, a Member of the House of Lords (Peer), a departmental Select Committee, Government ministry, media organisation, law firm, public affairs or government relations consultancy, NGO, think tank or pressure group.
The other half of the Programme is comprised of an academic course that provides an overview of modern British politics and the parliamentary system with particular reference to current themes. The course seeks to provide a cultural and societal, as well as political, context for the experiential placement. The academic programme also includes a guest lecture series with experts from the world of politics, academia and the media addressing topical issues of the day. It will also include a four day study visit to the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh to explore at firsthand devolution and the thorny question of Scottish independence. Scholars will also be taken on a day trip to Oxford University for specialist lectures on elections and electoral history.
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