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.
“ My internship at CAFOD has enabled me to put my faith into action, whilst gaining experience of the international development sector ”
My internship at CAFOD has enabled me to put my faith into action, whilst gaining experience of the international development sector. The highlight of my year has been the CAFOD Parliamentary Reception. One of my main projects was organising this event, so it was wonderful to see the end result! The Rt Hon John Bercow MP, the Speaker of the House of Commons, spoke passionately about the need to act in solidarity with our sisters and brothers worldwide and it was inspiring to see so many supporters asking their MPs to tackle overseas poverty and act on climate change.
I left the event with a real sense of achievement and a renewed enthusiasm for campaigning and international development. Next year I hope to continue to work in the international development sector, and build on the skills and knowledge I have gained during my time at CAFOD.