Date Added: 23 July 2018

Closing Date: 1 August 2018

Job Title: Constituency office intern

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

Location: Plymouth

Salary: The Real Living Wage

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 team for the summer.

Luke was elected as the Labour and Co-operative MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport in June 2017. Since being elected he has spoken over 100 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 constituency MP, Luke is also part of Labour’s Shadow Environment, Food and Rural Affairs team.

The summer internship will be based in Luke’s city centre office in Plymouth and will cover event planning for Luke’s Brexit Summit in September, support for Luke’s campaign for Plymouth Sound to be designated as the country’s first National Marine Park as well as assisting the team with casework and dealing with inquiries from members of the public.

Responsibilities will include:
• Casework
• Assisting with Event Planning
• 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.
• Organising events.
• 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: 1 August 2018

Interview/Start Dates

Start day will be Monday 13 August 2018 and the internship will last for four weeks until Friday 7 September. Successful applicant must be available for an induction day (which they will be paid for) during w/c 6 August. Interviews will be running from w/c 6 August.

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 Please put “PLYMOUTH INTERNSHIP APPLICATION” in the subject line. Cover letter must be max 300 words.

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