Intern with Kezia

headerKezia offers a paid internship post in her office for three months, broadly every three months.  The placements are structured to ensure that interns learn a broad range of valuable skills for the working world and while the structures are flexible, will follow a pattern similar to that laid out below.

Read on to find out more about this great opportunity. If you’d like to apply, send a CV and covering note to [email protected] by the deadlines detailed below.

Week 1 Tour of Parliament and Key Forms filled in
Week 2 Collect Parliament pass. Diary and Business Bulletin training
Week 3 Intro to SPICE (Scottish Parliament Information Centre)PQ & Motion drafting
Week 4 Draft and establish a monitoring system for an FOI
Week 5 Roving Surgeries
Week 6 Learn the basics of Casework
Week 7 Attend and minute a Cross Party Group
Week 8 Learn basics of and draft a press release
Week 9 Understanding website structure and learn to update.
Week 10 Attend a meeting with MSP and action an outcome
Week 11 Committee/Shadow Cabinet work
Week 12 Evaluation and close down.

 

At the end of 3 months – an intern will be able to demonstrate experience of.

-       Diary Management

-       Parliamentary Business/Correspondence

-       PQ and Motion drafting

-       Primary Research & report writing

Next Opportunity 

THEME: tbc

APPLICATION dates: tbc

IDEALLY SUITED TO: tbc

CVs accompanied by a covering note should be sent to [email protected] during this period.

INTERVIEWS: tbc

Read this blog from Kez’s team covering how to make the best of your application.

The Small Print

  • The theme of the post will change but the terms and conditions remain the same, interns will be expected to work 8 hours a week (over 1 or 2 days) paid at £7.80 an hour.  At least one of the days worked should be a Parliament ‘business day’ (Tuesday – Thursday).
  • Applications from individuals who have already undertaken internships with a politician or in a parliament are discouraged as the purpose of this Programme is to open up access to those individuals who may not otherwise have been in a position to intern for free.
  • Naturally, there is no age restriction. The opportunity is just as relevant to people looking to change careers as to those in, or just coming out of the education system. You can read Testimonals from recent ‘graduates’ of the programme.
  • Kezia is not directly involved in the recruitment process. She doesn’t shortlist or take part in the interview process. This work is undertaken by her team and you can read some tips from them on how to make the best of your application here.
  • As each internship is themed, the composition of the interview panel changes each time but there is always an external figure involved in recruitment for the purpose of transparency, fairness and expertise. Thanks are given to The Poverty Alliance  , the Co-operative Party  , Save the Children , Citizens Advice Scotland,  Zero Tolerance, The Scottish Youth Parliament, Movement for Change, the office of Ian Murray MP and the office of John Park MSP for their assistance with recruitment so far.
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