Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


The following FAQs have been prepared to answers questions about the Programme.


Who is this Programme targeted at?

The House of Commons Internship Programme is aimed at recent graduates from

Black or Asian backgrounds who are interested in gaining unique work experience

at the House of Commons.   


Successful candidates must be able to start the internship in November 2015. 


What’s my commitment?

Successful candidates need to:


· Have an interest in the work of the House of Commons


· Agree to work at the House of Commons for one year, starting November 2015


· Be willing to participate in the Windsor Fellowship Leadership Programme for Undergraduates


Will I be paid?

Successful candidates will receive a salary during the period of the internship equivalent £22,829 per annum.   They will also be entitled to annual leave and access to certain benefits and/or facilities that are available to members of staff.


Do I need to be a British Citizen?

No. Successful candidates can be hold any nationality but must not have any restriction on their right to live or work in the United Kingdom.   Please note that this includes time limitations (for example, student visas). The House of Commons is not able to apply for visas or work permits for successful candidates. 


Do I need to have any specific academic qualifications?

There are no prior subject or academic requirements. However, candidates need to demonstrate:


· Excellent written English language skills for all roles

· Excellent numeracy/data interpretation skills (for some roles)

· An ability to manage different projects and initiatives at the same time

· An ability to manage their work in order to meet deadlines

· An ability to work effectively with a wide variety of people


Are there any degree courses subjects that I needed to have studied?

No.  Apart from being a recent graduate, there are no specific degree courses that candidates need to have studied. However, successful candidates will need to demonstrate an interest in the areas of the House of Commons’ work and the skills listed above.


Why is the Programme for Black or Asian graduates only? 

The Internship Programme has been developed to redress an under-representation in the staff of the House of Commons.  It is a positive action initiative under the provisions of the Equality Act 2010.