Applications are now OPEN 

Deadline for Applications Monday 1st October, midday (2018) 


This joint initiative between the PSA and House of Commons Committee Office provides a fantastic opportunity for PSA members, currently studying toward their PhD, to gain some real-world experience working at Westminster.

Successful candidates will be placed either within a team of staff supporting a specific Select Committee or in the Scrutiny Unit during the academic year 2018-19.

This is a paid full-time 4-month (flexible) placement. You will be given £1,000 a month to support travel and accommodation costs, that should be used in addition to any regular income/research grants that you receive to support yourself during the placement.

This is a fantastic opportunity for PhD students to challenge themselves in an environment outside of academia. You will have the opportunity to work in a fast-paced policy environment not necessarily specific to your field of study, progress your research skills, and develop invaluable transferable skills. Feedback from previous participants has been very positive – not just from the students themselves but also from the committee clerks and their academic supervisors.


What will your role be?

Whether placed with a Select Committee or in the Scrutiny Unit, the successful candidates will be assigned to a specific project which is likely to involve one or more of the following:

  • Policy and evidence analysis
  • Research using both primary and secondary sources
  • Preparation of written briefing materials for Members serving on a Committee
  • Briefing MPs orally

For more information please refer to our role description


Who are we looking for?

For details about what the PSA and Scrutiny Unit are looking for in potential interns, please refer to our person specification.


What have previous interns said about the programme?

"I was afforded the opportunity by PSA to take a work placement in the House of Commons Committee Office between November 2014 and March 2015. In that time I came to develop a much greater appreciation of our Parliamentary process and found the House to be an intellectually stimulating and rewarding place to work. I heartily recommend the placement scheme to fellow members of PSA."
Stuart Ingham

"As a result of my experience during the PSA/House of Commons internship I am now considering applying for the Civil Service Fast Stream programme on completion of my PhD, as I feel that the internship has given me an invaluable insight into what working for Parliament entails. I have also gained a broader perspective on the process of policy formation and scrutiny, which is proving helpful in informing my PhD and wider research." 
Libby McEnhill

"Time spent at the House of Commons was invaluable in terms of job-hunting. A few months on the Select Committee staff gave me a chance to prove my ability to do policy work and operate in a different workplace. This definitely enhances any CV and the experience I gained is proving useful even now, in my new role as Research and Policy Officer for the Transparency International-UK Defence and Security Programme."
Karolina Maclachlan


How to apply? 

To apply for this opportunity please send your CV along with a one page covering letter, detailing why you want to take on the internship and how you fulfil the personal specification set out above, in the person specification, to with ‘HoC Placement’ in the subject line. You will also need to confirm that your supervisor and department are supportive of your application.

The deadline for applications is Monday 1st October (midday). Short-listed candidates will be contacted the following week and expected to attend an interview Tuesay 9th October, in London.

Start dates are negotiable and will be confirmed with the candidate once an offer has been accepted.