Norman Baker MP, the Lib Dem Transport Minister, is looking for an enthusiastic individual to join his Westminster Office for an internship. Ideally the successful candidate will work four days a week, but there can be flexibility, and will be able to commit to a minimum three month period.
The internship will allow the successful candidate to gain a valuable insight into the workings of Parliament and develop skills that will assist them in their future employment.
You do not have to be educated to a university level to apply for this position, but the following qualities are essential:
- Good written and verbal communication skills
- A good sense of humour
- An interest in politics
- Good attention to detail
- Computer literate in word and excel
- Strong knowledge of social media
- Sympathetic to the values and policies of the Lib Dems
Upon appointment you will be required to comply with the Baseline Personnel Security Standard, undertaken by the Members’ Staff Verification Office (MSVO). See www.w4mp.org/html/msvo/main.asp for further info.
The role being advertised is a voluntary one. As such, there are no set hours and responsibilities and you should be free to come and go as you wish. If the post demands set hours and/or has a specific job description you may be deemed to be a ‘worker’ and be covered by National Minimum Wage legislation. See http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Employment/Employees/
TheNationalMinimumWage/index.htm for more information about National Minimum Wage.
In May 2012 the House of Commons Library revised their Standard Note ‘National Minimum Wage and Volunteers’ and it can be seen here: www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/SN00697