Luke Pollard

Labour & Co-operative MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport

Work Experience and Internships

Our politics is broken and still run by people with wealth and influence. It is time to change that.

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When Luke was elected he pledged to do politics differently and to give more people a chance to experience front-line politics. As part of this we will soon be launching Luke’s work experience and intern schemes in Luke’s Plymouth and Westminster offices.

Luke doesn’t believe in giving jobs simply to his friends and family, and he also doesn’t believe you should need a network and contacts in high places to get on the first rung of the ladder. The work experience programme has been designed to give as many young people a taste of the world of work and politics as possible. The internship scheme is designed for people who want a more thorough introduction and is paid.

Luke doesn’t believe in unpaid internships so if the work placement lasts any more than a week then it should be paid. This is why the internship programme pays the Living Wage in Plymouth and the London Living Wage if you’re based in Westminster due to the higher cost of living in the capital. Both schemes will be recruited in an open and transparent way, travel and food expenses will be offered for work experience placements and those selected for intern roles will be paid the living wage.

Luke says:

“Running to be a Member of Parliament I know just how tough in can be to get your foot in the door in politics. Our politics is broken and still run by people with wealth and influence. It is time to change that.

When I was elected I said I’d open my office to young people in Plymouth to get a taste of politics. I’ve only been an MP for a few months but in that time I’ve seen how graduates from a few elite private schools and universities run much of our political system.

This is why I’m keen to try and offer as many people as possible, opportunities to boost their CVs.  If you enjoy helping people and want to make a positive difference please consider one of these roles.”

Both roles will be recruited competitively but all applicants should be considered and we encourage anyone to apply. You do not need to be in full-time education. You need to be passionate about making a difference to Plymouth, hardworking, ready to work in a team, to learn new skills and have a good sense of humour. Both roles will be subject to security clearance.

Here’s a bit more information on the two roles:

  • Work experience

The work experience scheme will be offered with full travel and lunch expenses, based in Luke’s local constituency office in Plymouth. The one week work experience will be open throughout the year. It is best suited for young people aged 16-18.

During your time in Luke’s Plymouth office you will work under Luke’s office manager and will shadow the caseworkers in Luke’s team. You will get an induction into how a local constituency office runs and how an MP’s team helps to support people in Plymouth with their issues. You will also attend local meetings with Luke around Plymouth to see what an MP’s job is like from day to day.

Read how Amir, Luke’s first work experience student, got on here.

  • Parliamentary Internship Scheme

The internship scheme will be paid the London living wage and will last from 1-3 months in Luke’s Westminster office. The internship is suited for people aged 18-21.

Based in Westminster, you will work under Luke’s Parliamentary Assistant and will get a full induction into how the office supports Luke’s to conduct his parliamentary duties, policy campaigns and his communications strategy. You will do everything from setting up meetings, preparing briefings for Luke’s role as a PPS for DEFRA, planning social media content and helping write a speech for a debate in the chamber. Sometimes all in the space of one morning!

We are very excited to start recruiting for these roles. To find out more about these schemes keep checking Luke’s website, social media pages, and check back in September.

Q&A

  • How long does work experience last?

Work experience lasts one week. Luke believes anything longer than a week is doing a job and should be properly paid. Parliament only provides limited budgets for staff and interns and so he wants to make this go as far as possible.

  • What should I wear?

If you’re working in Luke’s office in Plymouth you should be smart and presentable. Parliament has a stricter dress code with business attire (suits for men). If you don’t have a suit being smart is the key thing here.

  • Can I do work experience as part of my school or college’s work experience programme?

Yes, but you’ll need to check with your school first to check they’re OK with this.

  • Can I do work experience after school?

Yes. Luke wants to be as flexible as possible and this includes providing short after-school/college placements. If you’re keen on this rather than full days please let us know in your application.

  • When are you launching these schemes?

We are just preparing the full details of them and hope to launch them in September 2017. Keep an eye on Luke's Facebook page for details.

  • Does Luke back the campaign against unpaid internships?

Yes. Luke believes that if you’re doing a job you should be paid for it. This is why Luke is paying the Living Wage for his internship programme. But he also believes in giving as many people as possible the chance to get work experience which is why there is a separate programme for this for 16-18 year olds.

  • Do I have to be a Labour voter to apply for work experience or an internship?

No. Luke was elected on a platform of putting Plymouth first and party second. He’s very proud to be a Labour and Co-operative MP and the role would be in support of the values and policies he was elected on.

  • Is this the same as volunteering for the Labour Party?

No. Plymouth Labour is entirely run by volunteers and you can find details of how to volunteer on their website at www.plymouthlabour.org - this programme is open to anyone – regardless of what political party they support in Luke’s role as the Member of Parliament for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport.

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