About the Scheme
The Speaker’s Parliamentary Placement Scheme is the House of Commons’ highest profile social mobility scheme, offering a 9-month paid internship working in the office of a Member of Parliament as a Parliamentary Assistant. The Scheme aimed is at talented individuals who are underrepresented in the Parliament, who have the skills, passion and potential to work in Parliament but who do not have access to the traditional routes in.
Successful candidates work in their Member’s Westminster office from Monday to Friday and spend at least one Friday in the month in the MP’s constituency office. Throughout their 9 months participants attend masterclasses, visits external workplaces and are given a career mentor to support them with finding employment upon completing the scheme. Masterclasses cover topics relevant to working in an MPs office; written communications, presentation skills, social media and media handling, and personal branding. Workplace visits, which are designed to broaden horizons and build professional networks have included Welsh Parliament, Tideway London, AXA, Portland Communications, and Mercedes Benz.
The Scheme opens in October 2020 and runs for 9 months. There are now 13 placements available with Members of Parliament from political parties across the spectrum.
“Before joining the Scheme I would never have thought I would end up working in Parliament. The Scheme has allowed people from all walks of life and backgrounds to gain access to Parliament. I thoroughly enjoyed my time on the Speaker’s Scheme and it made a positive impact on my life. I was employed by the MP after the end of the Scheme and have now been working for him for over three years, without the Scheme this would not have been possible.” Past participant
After the Scheme candidates are equipped to secure coveted roles inside and outside of Westminster. While many remain on in Parliament, working for MPs or political parties, others have gone on to successful careers in the charity sector, Civil Service, the private sector (typically in politically affiliated roles).
How do I apply?
Applications are now open
Please click here to apply for the 2020 Scheme.
Deadline for applications is Thursday 2nd April 2020.
If you have any questions, please contact: Diversity@parliament.uk