Faith in Politics is a Catholic Parliamentary and Public Affairs internship scheme, which was started in 2003. It provides up to eight recently graduated Catholics with intensive experience of political and social action in a spiritual context. Interns are placed with Christian MPs at Westminster and in public policy and social action roles at the Catholic Education Service (CES), CAFOD, and CSAN. All the internships also involve individually guided retreats and spiritual guidance throughout the year. Each intern will take part in the first year of a part-time Master’s Degree in Catholic Social Teaching at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, at the end of which they will gain a Postgraduate Certificate, with the option of completing the second year. Additionally, the interns explore the explore the political landscape and the Church’s involvement in social action through a series of events and trips abroad, including a week in Rome. The group will live at More House in Kensington, and at the end of the year will become part of a network of over 100 intern alumni.
I really feel like I am part of a bridge between the faith-based organisations on the ground, and the MPs and Peers who debate and decide these policies.”
It has reinforced to us all the need for Catholic voices in politics”
My internship at CAFOD has enabled me to put my faith into action, whilst gaining experience of the international development sector”
I have learnt a lot and am ready to go into the working world with confidence. I cannot imagine a better first year out of university”
I have just taken up a new role within the civil service and without the experience I gained at Archbishop’s House I would not have got it.”
To apply for the Internship you must:
1. Be a Catholic
2. Be academically strong, having achieved or expected to achieve either a good 2:1 or a First.
3. Have UK Residency or indeﬁnite leave to remain in the UK