Luke Pollard

Labour & Co-operative MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport

APPLICATIONS CLOSED - Westminster Internship

Date Added: 27 March 2018

Closing Date: 5 April 2018

Job Title: Parliamentary Intern

Working For: Luke Pollard MP (Plymouth Sutton and Devonport)

Location: London (Westminster)

Salary: In line with IPSA pay scales

Job Details

Luke Pollard, MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, is looking for an enthusiastic, organised intern to join his busy Westminster office.

Luke is a member of Labour’s Shadow Environment team as the Parliamentary Private Secretary to Shadow Environment Secretary, Sue Hayman MP, and is also a member of the influential Commons Transport Select Committee.

The paid internship will last five weeks with the possibility of extension. The successful applicant will have a key role supporting Luke’s parliamentary assistant in carrying out Luke’s administrative and parliamentary duties.

As a newly elected MP, Luke is an energetic fighter for Plymouth and the far south west to get its fair share of funding from Westminster. Luke runs a number of campaigns from transport to defence, environment to refugees. Applicants should be passionate about politics, the far south west and changing the world. Luke is also looking for someone with a good sense of humour, energy and someone who is a team player that enjoys challenging themselves and learning new skills.

Responsibilities will include (often in the course of a single day!) but are not exclusive to:

  • Media monitoring.
  • Policy research on complex issues.
  • Writing speeches and preparing speaking notes at short notice.
  • Communications – drafting and coming up with ideas for blogs, press releases, tweets, Facebook posts and op-ed articles.
  • Video editing and digital campaigning.
  • Organising events.
  • Admin tasks e.g. arranging meetings and diary management.
  • Talking calls from constituents and drafting letters to constituents.
  • Research on local, regional or national issues.

This role is ideal for someone looking to get their first foot on the ladder in the world of politics. You do not have to have worked for an MP before to apply for this job and Luke encourages people to apply whatever your background – energy and enthusiasm matters more to Luke than where of if you went to University. Ideally, the successful applicant would have:

  • A good knowledge of Luke’s campaigns, Plymouth and the far South West.
  • Prior experience working in an office.
  • Excellent research, writing and communication skills.
  • The ability to quickly pick up new skills, solve problems and work well under pressure.
  • Capable of using Microsoft office.
  • Social media experience.
  • Ability to work independently, show initiative and work well as part of a wider team, demonstrating a positive and flexible attitude.
  • Good organisational and administrative skills with the ability to prioritise tasks.

Occasional evening work may be required to help Luke with events. Upon appointment you will be required to comply with the Baseline Personnel Security Standard, undertaken by the Members’ Staff Verification Office (MSVO). See Members’ Staff Verification Office (MSVO) page for further info. MPs generally pay staff in accordance with IPSA guidelines. Website

  • Closing date

Midnight 5 April, however interviews will be running from w/c 2 April and the position may be appointed before the end of the deadline. 

  • Interview and start times

Interview w/c 2 April until 13 April.

Start day will be end of April/ beginning of May 2018. The exact start date will be subject to security clearance. Successful applicant must be available for an induction day (which they will be paid for) during w/c 9 April.

  • Where and how should people apply for this job?

Please send a CV outlining relevant skills and experience, as well as a cover letter stating why you want to work for Luke and what you can bring to the role to Please put “INTERNSHIP APPLICATION” in the subject line. Cover letter must be max 300 words.


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