House of Commons/Welsh Assembly Placement Scheme

What are they?

Students get hands-on experience of political life, assisting political representatives in the House of Commons or the National Assembly for Wales.

Students work in the office of a serving Member of Parliament or Welsh Assembly Member for between 4 and 6 weeks during the   summer (after your exams and before their summer break).

The work typically includes writing press releases, research work and dealing with constituency matters, but also includes attending events (sometimes prestigious!) and in the past students have even been on the pre-election campaign trail.

Who can participate?

The scheme is open to second year students only, the placements take place at the end of year two.

There are limited places, so students attend an interview and are   selected from this pool.

We select students who have proven that they are enthusiastic and passionate about studying politics or international politics, can work hard and d

iligently under pressure, who have good interpersonal skills and who are capable of adapting quickly to working in this very different environment.

Student Profiles

The below booklet is a celebration of the Parliamentary Placement Scheme as the students who participated in the scheme during the Summer of 2017 share their experience. The scheme commenced shortly following the snap General Election in June 2017 and its repercussions. Inquiries, debates and assessments of the implications of the proposals for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU soon ensued both in the House of Commons and the National Assembly for Wales. The profiles illustrate the enthusiasm of the students towards their placement, the breadth of experiences that were the provided, and how each student has benefitted from their experience on the Parliamentary Placement Scheme 2017. 


Parliamentary Placement Scheme 2017 Handbook

How to apply

The Application Form is available here - Parliamentary Placement Application Form 2018

This form should be completed and submitted with the rest of the application, together with a CV, a one page explanation of why you want to go on the scheme and one passport size photograph to Sali Hopkins ( by Monday 29 January 2018. You can e-mail your application and supporting evidence or hand in to Sali in the Department’s main office.  If selected to go forward for a placement, the CV and personal statement will be sent to potential host MPs/AMs.  This application form is for Departmental purposes only.  All applicants will be notified by email by 9 February 2018 to let them know if they have been shortlisted.  The provisional interview dates for shortlisted candidates are Monday and Tuesday, 19 and 20 February 2018.  Candidates who have been chosen for the scheme will be notified during the week of 26 February 2018.