Faith in Politics is a Catholic Parliamentary and Public Affairs internship scheme which began in 2003. The scheme uniquely offers a foundation of Catholic faith and spiritual formation for those who believe they may have a vocation to public service in politics or public affairs. Interns commit to a varied year working in Parliament or in the public affairs teams of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, the Catholic Education Service, and CAFOD. They explore the political landscape and the Church’s involvement in social action through a series of events, including a visit to Rome on pilgrimage, to learn how the Vatican works, and how the UK relates to the Holy See. Interns undertake the first year of a part-time Master’s Degree in Catholic Social Teaching at St Mary’s University, Twickenham. Importantly their journey begins and ends with a retreat, and spiritual guidance is an integral part of the year. The group lives at More House in Kensington, and at the end of the year they join a network of over 100 alumni. Faith in Politics is named on the Vatican’s website Laity Involved as an example of best practice formation of the lay faithful.
My time on the scheme was a lot of hard work but it was a fantastic year. It has opened up so many opportunities and I can’t speak highly enough of it.”
I believe it's important that young Catholics engage with political structures. By working to promote human rights, I feel my role's hugely rewarding as I can put my faith into action.”
What's unique about the Bishops’ internship is how faith becomes an integral part of daily life, rather than an additional aspect to it.”
My internship at CAFOD has enabled me to put my faith into action, whilst gaining experience of the international development sector”
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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