This is a placement in the office of Labour and Co-operative MP (Member of Parliament) for Feltham and Heston, Seema Malhotra MP who in Septebmer 2015 was appointed Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, number two in Labour's Treasury team. Prior to that, in August 2014, she was appointed a Shadow Home Office Minister. She was formeraly and Opposition Whip and Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party Business Interest Group. She is Chair of the national Fabian Society Executive.
This position offers the successful candidate the opportunity to work within a busy political office. The intern will learn how to deal with the day to day tasks of such an office including Parliamentary, Research and Diary skills, and experience of front line politics in Westminster. For anyone interested in real politics in Britain, this is an incredible opportunity to view it up close and behind the scenes. The internship will mostly based in Westminster with some project work in the constituency.
2016 Intern Reflection:
During arguably one of the most hectic times in recent British political history, my internship thus far in the office of Seema Malhotra MP has been a whirlwind of experiences, emotions and challenges. Some of what I have experienced includes but is certainly not limited to:
1. Campaigning in a by-election and the Vote Remain campaign,
2. Experiencing the tragic death of a fellow Labour MP
3. Watching the UK vote to leave the European Union
4. Watching the resignation of the Prime Minister which has triggered a leadership contest within the Government and;
5. The resignation of the Shadow Cabinet in protest of current Labour party leadership, also triggering a possible leadership contest within the opposition party.
I have truly experienced a unique breadth of British politics. As a result of these recent unfoldings, I have had a firsthand look at how some of the most complex processes in British politics takes place and my internship is only halfway done! From learning simply how a bill becomes a law, how a referendum works, and how campaigns are run, each day I have been immersively exposed to some of the most interesting and complicated aspects of British politics. I have enjoyed every minute of my experience thus far, having been welcomed warmly by everyone in the office and having learned so much during my short time here. My day to day tasks vary from researching questions for Treasury questions, conducting constituent casework, creating research briefs on amendments to the Finance Bill 2016 and undertaking a project on the impact of social media on the 2015 General election. Each day brings something new and exciting, and I feel incredibly fortunate to be working in an environment that is supportive, exciting and challenging, and where I feel that the work I’m doing is both important and impactful.
Hannah Warntjes '18
2015 Intern Reflection:
This summer, I had the pleasure of working in the office of Seema Malhotra MP. Almost immediately, I was immersed in to a fast-paced environment in which every moment I was required to think on my feet (even if it was how to be productive when the internet wasn’t working). Throughout the course of the summer, I have researched violence against women and managed Seema’s diary. With regards to Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG), I created an up to date briefing on all of the most recent statistics in Britain ranging from crime rates to prosecution rates to attitudes towards rape and sexual assault. Additionally, I have spent time in the constituency with Seema, attending different workshops at schools, and seeing how law and policy truly has an on the ground effect. Living in London has been a whirlwind and I feel lucky to have worked with coworkers who not only pushed me intellectually, but also taught me the importance of striking a work-life balance.
Jessie Wyatt '16
2014 Director's Intern Reflection:
My experience working for Seema Malhotra, MP, has taken me on a whirlwind tour through British politics. It began two days before the local elections here in May. I got my start those first few days exploring Seema’s constituency, meeting local political leaders, and discussing the major political issues with MPs, councilpersons, and voters alike. Since then my primary responsibility has been conducting research for a campaign aimed at improving vocational education in the United Kingdom. I have also done work facilitating a project on increasing the proportion of women in entrepreneurship. To serve these projects as well as the day-to-day business of a parliamentary office I have broken-down government reports, debate transcripts, legislation, talking points memos, and economic statistics; prepared briefings; facilitated focus groups and conducted one-on-one interviews with activists; and drafted speeches and reports to further my MP’s legislative agenda.
This position has provided a very interesting look at the innards of the parliamentary process. If you consider working in Parliament, you should be prepared to work independently, be flexible enough with your schedule to meet your MP’s needs (there will be the occasional early-morning meeting, or the extended evening at political events or preparing for the next day’s debate), and be willing to hop on a train out to the constituency or find your way around the city of Westminster to meet the continuously varied demands of this exciting job.
Tom White '16