British Parliamentary Internship
London, the largest urban area in England, has been an important settlement for almost two millennia, dating back to the Roman invasion of Britain. With it's rich history and cultural, political, and economical influence, it can easily be considered the capital of the western world. Many famous sites, including Big Ben, Tower Bridge, and the British Museum, make it a must-see on any traveler's check-list, and an ideal place to live and learn.
Students in London will get the opportunity to work at with a legislator or sponsor in British Parliament, located in the Westminster area of the city. Furnished flats and residence halls are provided in the city. This highly competitive program is designed for upper undergraduates or graduate students with a strong background in Politics and Political Science. Learn more about this program in our Youtube miniseries!
Internship responsiblities might include:
- Researching and writing briefs & speeches & reports
- Preparing parliamentary questions
- Corresponding with regional and national ministries/agencies
- Drafting press releases
- Updating MP’s website and social media
- Scheduling MP and/or town hall meetings
- Note taking at meetings and committee hearings
- Answering constituent phones and mail
- Campaigning (e.g. door-to-door, emails)
- Accounting, expense tracking
Students live in furnished flat around the city, which include a kitchen and laundry facilities.
While CUAbroad and our education abroad partners make every effort to provide students with internet access, it is important for CUA students to remember that internet access in different areas of the world may differ significantly from the unlimited internet access our students enjoy at CUA. CUA students are encouraged to remember that having limited access to the internet may be part of the cross-cultural experience and that they need to adjust their expectations to their host country and its customs as much as possible before departure. CUAbroad cannot guarantee unlimited internet access at overseas locations and students are encouraged to discuss this with their parents before applying to and participating in an education abroad program.
Students in the program are expected to maintain a log of their activities and are asked to retain any non-confidential studies they prepare. These materials, the sponsor's assessment, and a departmental oral examination based on the intern's reading and experience, provide the basis for grading.
Students work as full time research assistants and professional aides to Members of the House of Commons for approximately 10 weeks. Students will enroll in this program for 6 credits, which include
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Students looking for scholarships to help finance this experience should reference the Office of Education Abroad's scholarship website.