The Catholic Parliamentary and Public Affairs Internship Scheme, which began in 2003, provides eight recently graduated Catholics with intensive experience of political and social action in a spiritual context. Four interns will be placed with Christian MPs at Westminster, one in a parliamentary support role within the Secretariat, two in public policy and social action with CAFOD and CSAN, and one in a media internship with the Catholic Communications Network (CCN). In addition to educational work experience, all of the internships also involve individually guided retreats and spiritual guidance throughout the year, studying Contemporary Ethics and Catholic Social Teaching at Heythrop College, as well as exploring the political landscape and the Church’s involvement in social action through a series of events.
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.”
Working in an intense, interesting environment in parliament is a great introduction to working life.”
The scheme helps you to understand better what kind of job you are interested in and how to live out your faith through your work.”
Everyone was so encouraging and helpful, and I learned an extraordinary amount throughout the year.”
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.”
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