IFSA-Butler University of Edinburgh Summer Parliamentary Internship

Edinburgh, Scotland
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Finance Options
Scholarships, grants, financial aid, monthly payment plan, credit card payments and more!
Application Deadlines:
  • Summer: March 15
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About University of Edinburgh Summer Parliamentary Internship

Can you imagine setting agendas for an MP meeting with the Security Council or co-authoring investigative reports for a campaign initiative? As an Intern in the Scottish Parliament, you will take Political Science courses from a top-ranked European university while completing research and interning with a Member of the Scottish Parliament.

University of Edinburgh Summer Parliamentary Internship Benefits

  • Gain unparalleled access to political life in Scotland
  • An opportunity to pursue independent research and participate in political activity
  • Course work component balances participation in the development of Scottish political life with learning about the history and culture of Scottish society
  • Participants spend a large part of the internship semester at Parliament but still participate in university life, clubs and campus social life
  • Weekly orientation sessions help students become familiar with their internship duties and determine research possibilities
  • Although University of Edinburgh has no formal requirements for student background, the university may give preference to applicants with a history of involvement in politics, either through coursework or extracurricular activities
  • Students can combine an internship semester with a second semester of regular classes at the University of Edinburgh 

The IFSA-Butler Difference

Your success is our success! Whatever your goals, our approach is carefully designed to help you achieve them.
You will experience challenging, rewarding coursework in the highest quality classes, while receiving the academic support you need.
More than a tourist in a foreign country, you will engage in the community, build competencies, and develop yourself as a citizen of the world.
Our programs and practices reflect the value we place on diverse perspectives and are designed to support a variety of learners.
Round out your classroom experience with hands-on opportunities like internships, directed research, student teaching, community-based learning or volunteering, and cultural excursions.
You will have academic and personal mentors to assist with program choice, application, travel, cultural acclimation, language acquisition, class registration, academic issues, health and safety, and everything in between.

Academics at University of Edinburgh Summer Parliamentary Internship


This eight-week program is divided into two sections. For the first three weeks, you will enroll in Scottish Politics and Scottish Society and Culture. These courses, although taught intensively, are regular courses offered in the Faculty of Social Sciences at Edinburgh.

Following the completion of your coursework, you will intern for a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for five weeks and complete an independent research project.

Required Courses:
Scottish Politics
This course is designed to provide students with a basic introduction to Scottish politics. The course provides a brief history of Scottish political developments from the Union with England and Wales in 1707. Both the history of the nationalist movement and the structures and institutions of the current political situation will receive attention. Students will learn to analyze the potential difficulties facing the Scottish Parliament and the achievement of “new politics” within a wider context of constitutional reform.

Scotland: Society and Culture
The aim of this course is to give students a well-rounded introduction to Scottish society and culture as a basis from which to pursue more particular interests in Scotland. It is intended to complement and provide context for those parts of the course that focus particularly on Scottish politics and government. The broader significance of major policy issues should be made clearer by the information provided in this course. The course as a whole will progress from the larger context of the social and economic history of modern Scotland, to the examination of key institutions shaping Scottish life, and to social groupings and questions of identity.

Experiential Learning
Following the completion of your coursework, you will intern for an MSP (Member of the Scottish Parliament) for five weeks. Under the guidance of your MSP, you will pursue your independent research and participate actively in political life. Your independent research project will be assessed upon completion of the internship program. All interns will maintain an academic base in the university's Unit for the Study of Government. Members of the department will be available to assist and guide you with your research project.
After you return to the U.S., IFSA-Butler will send a Butler University transcript to your home university and to your permanent address. The transcript reflects the courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost

Housing & Meals

Housing Type
The University of Edinburgh places summer interns in a university facility located in the heart of the city with close proximity to the Scottish Parliament Building. Halls of Residence are mixed-gender. All rooms are singles and have ResNet, a portal providing access to the Internet and university intranet.

The IFSA-Butler Team

IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team and staff who are here to help every student prepare and be ready to achieve their goals at every step of the way.

Program Advisor

Finance Advisor

Resident Director

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Ruth Casey

Senior Resident Director, Scotland

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Academic Affairs Director

Dates and Fees


Summer 1

Program start date
May 29, 2017
Program end date
July 29, 2017
Supplemental Charges
Personal Cost Estimates