A CAFOD parliamentary relations intern works within, and is fully supported by, a small government relations team who are responsible for CAFOD’s parliamentary engagement. There is a diverse mixture of policy, campaigns and media work as well as direct parliamentary work meeting MPs and Peers, and organising briefings.
A CAFOD humanitarian policy intern works within CAFOD’s Humanitarian Department, specifically working closely with, and in support of the Head of Humanitarian Policy. The role involves a mixture of policy and advocacy work. In this supportive capacity the intern will undertake and contribute to research and background papers on a range of thematic humanitarian issues, such as conflict sensitivity and humanitarian financing as well as research specific to countries in which CAFOD and its partners work.
They will also liaise with CAFOD government relations, communications and other humanitarian staff on advocacy work and disseminate information both publically (largely through CAFOD’s humanitarian policy page) and internally to inform CAFOD staff and partners in order to enhance internal staff knowledge of humanitarian policy issues.
“ 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. ”
Anna Gavurin CPI
I applied to the Bishops’ Conference Parliamentary and Public Policy internship because, unlike other graduate schemes, it seemed designed to really help you grow and develop as a person in more areas than just work. This has definitely been the case! From spiritual direction, to team building activities and careers advice 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. It was a busy but very well-rounded and enriching experience. My internship at CAFOD has given me an amazing opportunity to learn a lot in a short time. Working in the Parliamentary Relations team is great as not only is it a crash course in politics but it also involves understanding lots of different aspects of CAFODs work.
So far I have been involved in working on schemes to engage supporters politically, organising events with CAFOD partners in parliament, working on the political aspects of CAFOD’s climate change campaign and collaborating with other development agencies and with MPs and Peers to work on legislation. After the internship I was able to move into the CAFOD campaigns team for a short time and I’m now about to move to work in campaigns for another charity. For the last 10 years I’ve known I wanted to work in campaigns but the internship has helped me know this for sure and has given me the opportunities to make my goal a reality.