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Reference: 73037

Date Added: 9 October 2019
Closing Date: 24 October 2019

Job Title: Graduate Intern

Working For: Sarah Jones MP (Croydon Central)

Location: London

Salary: London Living Wage - £20,572.50

Job Details

Sarah Jones MP is seeking a Full Time Graduate Intern to join her team. Sarah is Labour’s Shadow Housing Minister and Chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Knife Crime. She campaigns on a range of other issues from bailiff reform to better research on brain tumours.

The Graduate Intern will support the Senior Parliamentary Researcher’s work day to day, manage Sarah’s parliamentary diary and all correspondence with constituents on policy issues. In addition, the they will coordinate the work of the APPG on Knife Crime and support on housing policy research. As a team, everyone mucks in when required, so the role may require undertaking a range of other activities such as helping arrange events.

Occasional evening or weekend work around the Croydon constituency will be required.

Person spec

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to undertake desk based research.
  • Ability to work autonomously, with effective time management and minimal day-to-day direction.
  • Ability to manage a busy workload and respond to external enquiries, effectively and efficiently.
  • Educated to degree level.
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office and social media. Experience with video editing software and/or email marketing systems looked upon favourably.
  • An eye for details and excellent proof-reading skills.
  • Understanding of current UK political landscape and devolved administration.


  • Responding to policy enquiries from constituents and overseeing policy responses completed by work experience/placement students.
  • Helping coordinate the work of an active APPG, working with the group’s Secretariat to arrange meetings and launch policy reports.
  • Writing monthly email updates to constituents and party members and bi-annual printed newsletter to the entire constituency.
  • Supporting other comms activity e.g. creating social media content, media content and drafting press releases.
  • Managing a busy parliamentary diary and ensuring the MP is briefed – verbally and in writing.
  • Attend and occasionally represent the MP at meetings
  • Supporting the Senior Researcher with research, analysis, speechwriting and copywriting across various policy areas to support ongoing campaigns.
  • Assisting in the day-to-day working of the office.

The ideal candidate will have strong written and verbal communication skills, friendly, enthusiastic, and highly organised with attention to detail.They will to take a wide range of information and compress it into relevant and punchy briefings and policy responses. Previous experience of Parliament is preferred but not essential. Applicants should have a strong interest in local and national politics.

Upon appointment you will be required to comply with the Baseline Personnel Security Standard, undertaken by the Members’ Staff Verification Office (MSVO). See Members’ Staff Verification Office (MSVO) page for further info. MPs generally pay staff in accordance with IPSA guidelines.

Closing Date: 24 October 2019

Interview/Start Dates

Interviews will be held on a rolling basis from Tuesday 15th October. Early applications are preferred.

Start date: ASAP

This internship will last 9 months (until July 2020) with potential promotion to Parliamentary Researcher at or before the end of the internship.

Application Details

Please send a 2 page CV and 1 page covering letter with GRADUATE INTERN in the subject line to Jessica Leigh: jessicak.leigh@parliament.uk

Website: http://www.sarah-jones.org

Additional Notes