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.

Luke will always advertise any vacancy on this page, his social media pages, and w4mp

 

"I am always 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

CURRENT VACANCY

Job Title: Constituency Casework Intern

Date Added: Friday 13th January 2023

Closing Date: Friday 27th January 2023

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

Location: Plymouth- combination of office based and remote working

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

Hours: 30 hours per week

Job Details

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

Luke was elected as the Labour and Co-operative MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport in June 2017 and re-elected in December 2019. Luke is an active constituency MP. He and his team campaign on a wide range of local issues from poverty and hunger to improving housing and better support for care leavers. Luke has a busy city centre office and is proud to be an MP rooted in his community. Luke is also the Shadow Armed Forces Minister.

This internship will be based in Luke’s city centre office in Plymouth (four days a week normally Tuesday to Friday), with remote work required on Wednesdays. The necessary support and resources will be provided for remote working.  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:

Interview/Start Dates

Start day will be 20th February 2023 and the internship will last for six months with a potential six month extension. Candidates will need to be available for interview on 3rd February 2023

Application Details

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.

 

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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