After four great years of managing the Speaker’s Parliamentary Placements Scheme, the SMF has decided in 2015 to no longer manage the scheme, so that we may concentrate on our regional expansion. The scheme will continue and will be run by the House of Commons Diversity & Inclusion team. Please send all enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Speaker’s Parliamentary Placements Scheme aims to tackle the culture of unpaid internships by providing a nine month paid work experience placement designed to open up Parliament to people from disadvantaged backgrounds who are interested in politics but who would not be able to afford to work without a wage.
The Scheme is now in its fourth year and places approximately 10 successful candidates in an MP’s office for 9 months. Monday – Thursday, they work as an ‘Assistant to MP’, managing their MP’s diary, conducting case work and attending meetings, and on Fridays, they get an extra insight into the Houses of Parliament by rotating through the House’s departments, such as the vote office, for them to get a better understanding of the intricacies of Westminster politics.
The Scheme is open to people of any age and any location. In previous years, successful candidates have ranged from school leavers, to those in their mid-50s and they moved to London from 10 regions across the UK.
Each year, the Scheme starts in October and runs for 9 months.