What does the internship programme involve?

The 14 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

14 weeks of study comprised of:

  • Introduction to British and European Politics (8 hours/week)
    3 week teaching block plus reading week
  • Internship with political institution or NGO (120 hours in total)
    6 week internship
  • Policy-making in British and European Context (8 hours/week)
    3 week teaching block plus reading 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 (www.assembly.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:
  • Taking Action Locally (CAPITAL) project
    Exploring asset based approaches to strengthen community cohesion amongst groups at risk of social exclusion. Ideal project for someone who is interested in community engagement and participation and the impact on health and well-being.
  • Project on resource development: “Understanding your child”
    Parenting resource in Arabic to test usability amongst the sanctuary-seeking population. Project will focus on engaging with various stakeholders to encourage take-up of resource.