- Summer: March 15
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
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.
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.
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