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Reference: 74505

Date Added: 5 February 2020
Closing Date: 2 March 2020

Job Title: Intern

Working For: Policy Research Unit

Location: London

Salary: London Living Wage (£10.75p/h) – 30 hours per week

Job Details

The Policy Research Unit (PRU) is a pooled research facility for around 290 Conservative MPs. Each adviser 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 our team of advisers for three months. PRU internships are ideally suitable for individuals 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
• A levels or equivalent: ABB (or equivalent), based on your top three grades, excluding General Studies
• Existing documented right to work in the UK
• 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: 2 March 2020

Interview/Start Dates

Final interviews will take place between 16th and 19th March 2020. Internships will run from Monday 20th April 2020 until Friday 24th July 2020 (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 Rob Comley at comleyr@parliament.uk with “PRU Internship” in the subject box.

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

Additional Notes