It has always been part of the Church’s mission to encourage Catholics to follow a vocation to serve in public life. The quality of decisions made in civil society depends on the moral and spiritual formation of those who occupy leadership roles.
All our interns are given a full-time work placement in a public policy setting – five places on the programme involve shadowing Christian MPs or Peers in Westminster.
Although all of our interns are Catholic, we work with politicians from any Christian denomination. The scheme is cross-party and we place interns with different politicians each year.
It has truly been an amazing experience and one that could only have become reality through the internship. However, the job is only one part of the internship. It has been a multifaceted year that I am so grateful to have taken part in. I have loved every minute of it.
“ It has reinforced to us all the need for Catholic voices in politics. ”
I have spent my time on the internship working in the office Emma Lewell- Buck, MP for South Shields. The past 8 months have been fascinating, and provided me with an amazing insight into the world of politics. I had the privilege of working on the Children and Social Work Bill, which involved an ongoing crash course into social work and child protection. It has been a highly valuable experience to witness first-hand the processes and work behind a Bill in parliament.
A personal highlight of the year has been the trip to Rome. We met with different sections of the Roman Curia, and were provided great insight into the vital work of the Church, especially behind the scenes. It reinforced to us all the need for Catholic voices in politics, so that we may spread the Gospel in the work we do. I feel very blessed to have been given this opportunity to combine my faith and passion for politics.
“ What is unique about the Catholic Bishops’ Conference internship is how faith becomes an integral part of daily life, rather than an additional aspect to it. ”
There is no such thing as a typical day in the office in Westminster; with the political landscape being so changeable. However, I have been lucky enough to immerse myself in some important issues, as well as having the chance to compose Ministerial correspondence and write parliamentary briefings, speeches and articles for national publications.
The work our interns are immersed in is varied and interesting giving a fascinating insight into parliamentary life.
The aim of the programme is to help form the consciences of the next generation of Catholic lay leaders: people deeply committed to their faith, who have a vocation to public service and a desire to put their faith into practice by working towards the common good.