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Reference: 59376

Date Added: 7 February 2017
Closing Date: 5 March 2017

Job Title: Intern

Working For: Policy Research Unit

Location: London

Salary: London living wage - currently £9.75 per hour (30 hours per week)

Job Details

The Policy Research Unit (PRU) is a pooled research facility for around 290 Conservative MPs. Each researcher specialises in one or more policy areas, producing briefings on Parliamentary business and undertaking correspondence support for a variety of MPs. This is your chance to see at first hand the work of senior politicians and their advisers, forging links in Westminster and beyond.

The Unit is seeking interns to sit alongside a team (which usually consists of four researchers) for three months. PRU internships are ideally suitable for graduates looking to gain or develop knowledge of the Houses of Parliament. A structured training programme is provided with an aim to provide interns with experience in all aspects of the Unit. Experience in a Parliamentary, political or policy role is desirable but not required.

Key experiences
• Helping draft policy-related correspondence
• Contributing to research projects
• Helping to draft briefings on range of policy issues
• Helping monitoring all aspects of parliamentary activity

Key skills
• Excellent written, IT and communication skills
• Analyse information from a variety of sources and identify the key themes and messages
• Ability to construct clear and concise arguments, working to tight deadlines
• Knowledge of Parliament, UK politics and current affairs

Minimum Requirements
• ABB at Advanced Level or equivalent
• Existing documented right to work within the EU
• 2:1 degree or equivalent
• Fluent English speaker

We actively promote a policy and practice of equality of opportunity in recruitment and employment for all our people - regardless of their age, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, faith or physical ability. The Unit is always open to requests for flexible working.

All applications are considered on their merit and if you are shortlisted, you will be asked to undertake a two hour timed assessment remotely as part of the application process. You should bear in mind that the PRU’s subscribers are Conservative MPs and be comfortable supporting them in their Parliamentary duties.

Upon appointment you will be required to comply with the Baseline Personnel Security Standard, undertaken by the Members’ Staff Verification Office (MSVO). See Members’ Staff Verification Office (MSVO) page for further info. MPs generally pay staff in accordance with IPSA guidelines.

Closing Date: 5 March 2017

Interview/Start Dates

Final interviews will take place in London the week commencing 20th March. Internships will run from Monday 24th April to Friday 14th July 2017 (subject to changes in the Parliamentary calendar).

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. We may appoint before the closing date.

Application Details

The application form can be found at http://www.pru.org.uk/careers.

Completed application forms, along with a covering letter no longer than 300 words detailing your experience and explaining why you are interested in this role at the Policy Research Unit should be emailed to Felicity at oliverfc@parliament.uk with “PRU Internship” in the subject box.

Website: http://www.pru.org.uk

Additional Notes