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. Not a PSA member? Join today for £20 a year!

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 2020-21.

Please note that working arrangements for Committees have altered significantly in the last few months, with most staff mainly working from home as part of the measures to combat Covid-19, and it remains to be seen whether these changes will still be in place in 2021. 

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.

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 Sunday 27 September (midnight). Short-listed candidates will be contacted the following week and expected to attend an interview in London or via Zoom w/c 5 October.

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