What is the Postgraduate Internship Programme?

The 8 week Internship Programme has been designed specifically to combine in-class learning with practical experience through a six week internship within either a political institution or a non-governmental organisation (NGO). The programme is part of a student exchange arrangement and does not incur additional tuition fees at Swansea University.

 

Programme Format

8 weeks of study comprised of:

  • Introduction to British and European Politics (10 hours/week)
  • Internship with political institution or NGO (80 hours in total)
  • Policy-making in British and European Context (10 hours/week)

 


Parliamentary Placements:

National Assembly for Wales

Image of the National Assembly for Wales building

The National Assembly for Wales is a devolved parliament based in Cardiff with the power to enact laws for Wales. Students will work alongside an Assembly Member and witness first-hand how legislation is made and how it impacts on constituencies. Students’ activities range from research support, assisting writing policy briefs or reports, writing press releases or contributing to speeches and parliamentary questions.

Members of UK Parliament (MP)

Photograph of Big Ben by Westminster Bridge

Members of UK Parliament - Students will work alongside a Member of Parliament in the local constituency office in Swansea and surrounding areas, and gain an insight into the multilevel dimension of policy-making and representation of constituency interests. Students’ activities range from research support, assisting writing policy briefs or reports, writing press releases or contributing to speeches and parliamentary questions.

Non-profit / Non-governmental placements:

  1. Race Council Cymru is a Swansea based non-profit organisation that aims to combat prejudice, race discrimination, harrassment and abuse while at the same time promoting art and celebrating the vibrant black and ethnic minority contribution through Art, Culture and Heritage activities across Wales.

  2. CAB – Citizens Advice Bureau (Swansea, Neath, Port Talbot) is a charity that offers advice on issues related to money, housing, benefit or employment problems. Citizens Advice aims to improve policies that affect people’s lives and runs campaigns on issues such as benefit reforms, mental health, consumer rights or scams awareness. Students would be involved in the local Swansea office with preparing meetings, policy research, preparing press releases, shadowing advice sessions and supporting the daily work of CAB.

  3. Public Health Wales - National public health agency in Wales - 2020 Projects:

    • Community engagement and participation project. Intern will take a lead role in writing sections for new toolkit for policy makers on engaging with traditionally ‘hard to reach’ communities.
    • Parenting resource development project. Intern will evaluate usability and acceptability of content of Arabic resource amongst sanctuary-seeking parents and carers.

  4. Wales Centre for Public Policy - a Cardiff based independent institute that seeks to use evidence to improve policy and practice in Wales and beyond. Students will gain an insight into the work of policy experts and policy advisors with tasks covering research support, data gathering, or writing policy briefs and liasing with the Welsh Government and public sector organisations in Wales.