Plymouth gets a poor deal from Government and Luke’s job as Plymouth Sutton and Devonport’s MP is to stand up for our city and region to get a fairer share. To do that he has to rely on his superb team for support.

Unlike some other MPs, Luke believes that MPs should recruit their staff openly and not employ family members. If you’d like to apply please send in your CV with a covering letter explaining why you think you’d be a great addition to his team..

If you have any questions about applying please get in touch with Alex Beverley on 01752 717255 or alex.beverley@parliament.uk

Job Openings

Casework Intern

Date Added: 17 July 2020

Closing Date: 10am 27 July 2020

Job Title: COVID-19 Casework Internship

Working hours: Full time

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

Location: Plymouth – combination of office based and remote working

Salary: £18,135. The Real Living Wage https://www.livingwage.org.uk/what-real-living-wage

Job Details

Luke Pollard, MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, is looking for an enthusiastic and organised individual to join his busy Plymouth office supporting the team during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The pandemic has tripled the number of enquiries that Luke is receiving, and MPs are able to hire additional fixed term staff to help with this workload. Luke would like to provide this opportunity to someone who has had their career curtailed due to COVID-19.

Luke was elected as the Labour and Co-operative MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport in June 2017 and re-elected in December 2019. Since being elected he has spoken about Plymouth over 200 times in Parliament and launched a number of campaigns around issues that affect people in Plymouth from transport to education, tower blocks to the environment. As well as being an active local MP, Luke is the Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

This internship will be based in Luke’s city centre office in Plymouth. Due to the coronavirus the team may also be working remotely and so the successful candidate will also need to be able to adapt to this if necessary with appropriate support and resources provided. The role will cover assisting Luke and the team with casework and dealing with inquiries from members of the public.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Casework
  • Media monitoring.
  • Policy research on complex issues.
  •  Communications – drafting and coming up with ideas for blogs, press releases, tweets, Facebook posts and op-ed articles.
  • Video editing and digital campaigning.
  • Admin tasks e.g. arranging meetings and diary management.
  • Talking calls from constituents and drafting communications to members of the public.
  • Research on local, regional or national issues.

The successful applicant would have:

  • A good knowledge of Luke’s campaigns, Plymouth and the far South West.
  • Prior experience of 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 and video editing software.
  • 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.

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.

Closing Date: 10am 27 July 2020

Interview/Start Dates

Start day will be Tuesday 1 September 2020 and the internship will last for 15 weeks until Friday 18 December. Candidates will need to be available for the first round of interviews on 31st July 2020 and the second round on Thurs 6th Aug (tbc)

How to apply

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 luke.pollard.mp@parliament.uk Please put “PLYMOUTH INTERNSHIP APPLICATION” in the subject line. Cover letter must be max 300 words and CVs should be no more than two pages.

"I am looking for exceptional people who are keen to learn more about politics and how Plymouth can get a fairer deal. That could be you!" Luke Pollard MP
Luke Pollard MP

Testimonies for #TeamLuke Alumni

Matthew Smith interned in Luke’s office in February- April 2018. He said:

“I’m from Plymouth, I went to Devonport High School for Boys and I worked in Luke’s Westminster office in February and March 2018. My time in Westminster was absolutely invaluable to me and gave a great insight into a weird and wonderful world that can often feel distant from ‘normal’ people’s everyday lives. The team are fantastic, both in Westminster and Plymouth, and I was made to feel like an important member of the team – not just an intern – right from the start.

 

No two days are the same, and you can go from drafting letters, to running through Parliament to get to the BBC for an interview in a matter of moments! My time with Luke and his team has set me up perfectly to start my politics degree later this year, but most importantly it was great fun, and an experience that I will never forget.”

Freddie Cook interned for Luke in May 2018. She said:

“I applied to work in Luke’s office as I wanted my first experience in Parliament to be with an MP who was bringing something new to the table, and I wasn’t disappointed!

 

I applied for the job through w4mp and spent 8 amazing weeks learning and was constantly challenged. Particular highlights include working on research for the Shadow DEFRA team and working on Luke’s many local campaigns in Plymouth. I absolutely loved the amount of responsibility I had and saw my confidence grow from day one. There was always so much going on that I could involved with, whether it be attending events with Luke or drafting his monthly newsletter, and I really enjoyed the broad scope of the role.

 

My time in Luke’s office was invaluable and has helped me to stay in Parliament – straight after the internship I started working for another MP as a Parliamentary Researcher and I really do have my time in Luke’s office to thank for that.”

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