Parliamentary Internship 2024

Type: Intern
Region: Scotland

This internship will give you the opportunity to develop your skills in a variety of areas and learn about how Tynwald works as a small, modern parliament. With the support of your colleagues, you will develop your knowledge of parliamentary procedure, the legislative and scrutiny process, and the politics of the Isle of Man.

You will be based in the Research and Scrutiny Support team, where you will be directly involved in supporting Members and Committees of Tynwald as they examine and challenge the work of Government. You will also contribute to tasks that support the running of business in plenary sittings and assist with other functions of Legislative Services as required. You may also have the opportunity to get involved in the wider activities of the Office of the Clerk of Tynwald.

The Parliamentary Internship has been running since 2014. Former interns have gone on to careers in other parliaments, the civil service, other areas of the public sector, and legal services, both in the Isle of Man and further afield.

The internship will run from the start of October 2024 to the end of September 2025.

The role

The Office of the Clerk of Tynwald provides a wide range of parliamentary and administrative services. The office is proud to deliver high-quality services to Tynwald and the public, and has a reputation for excellence both on and off the Isle of Man.

You will be joining a small, friendly and professional organisation of just over 30 people who work hard to deliver the wide range of services expected in a modern parliament.

Research and Scrutiny Support sits within Legislative Services, the division responsible for the functions directly in support of the legislature. The Research and Scrutiny Support team provides parliamentary research and information services for Members and Committees; supports the clerking of the scrutiny Committees; and provides administrative services for all Committees of Tynwald. Other functions provided by Legislative Services include the administration of sittings of the House of Keys, Legislative Council, and Tynwald, the creation of the Official Report (Hansard), the Listen Live and Again service, and support for Private Members’ Bills.

Details of parliamentary practices and procedures and the work of the Office of the Clerk of Tynwald can be found on the Tynwald website.

What we can offer you

We welcome applications from diverse backgrounds. We are pleased to champion equality, diversity and inclusion in our workplace and believe this promotes equal opportunity and fairness at work for our employees, and also benefits our working as we hear a wide range of views and experiences while we work together.

We are happy to discuss flexible working arrangements, subject to meeting the needs of the office. We understand flexible working can benefit employees by improving work-life balance and supporting health and wellbeing in its different forms. In your application, please let us know your preferred working hours.

You will receive

  • A competitive salary in line with Public Service Commission pay scales.
  • 21 days annual leave and all Manx and UK bank holidays.
  • A flexi-time scheme where you can accrue any additional time worked to take as leave.
  • Access to the Isle of Man Government’s Learning, Education and Development training facility to support your continuous professional development.
  • Access to the CPA Parliamentary Academy, a central learning hub for Commonwealth Parliamentarians, Clerks and parliamentary officials.
  • Access to a corporate subscription to FutureLearn, an online learning platform that partners with universities and organisations.
  • Access to the Isle of Man Government Staff Welfare Service which offers professional counselling, emotional support and sign-posting on a wide range of issues.

Things to note

  • A relocation package and interview expenses are not available for this role.
  • The position is not superannuable.
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