LSE Careers has placed over 450 graduate students within Parliament since 1998.
The scheme, established by LSE alum and governor Barry Sheerman MP, is open to current MSc and PhD students from all departments and disciplines and provides part-time voluntary internships with Members of Parliament (MPs) from across the House of Commons, Peers in the House of Lords and with parts of the Palace administration.
Typical internships may include:
Research projects and policy guidance
Scrutiny and monitoring of bills and legislation
Drafting of press releases, speeches and briefings
Constituency casework support, including managing communications
General office support
The roles are an excellent opportunity for students to gain invaluable experience witnessing the Parliamentary process and applying your studies first hand.
Who will I intern with?
Placements are offered with MPs, Peers, UK MEPs and parts of the Palace administration but will vary in each academic year. Your skills and experience will be matched against specific requirements and specifications for each role. We try to match students with individuals sharing similar political views and values.
When will I intern?
Placements run through the Michaelmas and Lent Terms (Oct-Mar), are part-time and voluntary. We advise students to undertake no more than fifteen hours per week during this period - should you wish to volunteer more hours during breaks in term, this is entirely up to you and your host office, but you can discuss what commitment is most convenient on a weekly basis with your host.
Placeements follow the advice on internships issued by NUS and UCU.
What do previous interns say?
"I did not believe many people would have been willing to give a relatively inexperienced person such a large amount of responsibility in such a short space of time, although I am sure that coming from LSE helped foster confidence enormously" - Thomas Hyde, interned with Sally Keeble MP
"I enjoyed being able to interact with an MP and learn about the world of policy-making first-hand." - Sarah Hutcheon, interned with Tom Brake MP