The Hansard Scholars staff is delighted to announce details of its upcoming Summer Academic Internship Programme – Inside Westminster: Politics, Policy and Participation.
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, 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 a two part academic course. Part I examines the context, procedures and current issues in British politics, providing an overview of the British political system and allowing engagement with current themes and issues. Part II provides the cross-cultural and professional context for the internships and helps Scholars to devise and develop strategies for using their internship experience and acquired skills for career and resume-building. 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 also includes 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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