University of Edinburgh Parliamentary Internship Program
Posted on July 22, 2010
With the establishment of a Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh in 1999, the University of Edinburgh offers the opportunity to serve as interns to Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) in a semester-length program. Interns complete a five-week academic program at the University of Edinburgh’s Institute of Governance before being assigned to MSPs within the Scottish Parliament. Interns are required to undertake a research project and will have study space in the Parliament building, as well as an academic base in the Institute of Governance. Places are restricted to 20 students per semester and are very competitive.
Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland and the seat of the Scottish Parliament. The city is both ancient, with its 12th century castle dominating the cityscape, as well as modern and cosmopolitan with an impressive range of cultural venues and events. Edinburgh is called the Festival City, as host of the world’s largest arts festival each summer. The music scene is eclectic – from big name performers at Edinburgh Castle to jazz and blues, hip hop and folk performances, from opera and concerts to local entertainment in pubs and cafes. Students can explore the Scottish Highlands, the many beautiful lochs or the Isle of Skye; venture to the rest of the UK or travel from Edinburgh’s International Airport to European destinations.
Students may enroll for one semester.
- Fall: mid-September to mid-December
- Spring: mid -January to mid-April
Courses & Credits
Students take three five-week courses and a 10-week internship placement to earn 4.0 Wheaton credits.
Minimum cumulative GPA – 3.0. Students must have completed at least two years of study at Wheaton.
Housing & Board
Students apply for housing through the University Accommodation Services. College Wynd is the residence hall where interns usually live because of its close proximity to the Institute for Governance. Students manage and pay for their own accommodations and meals. Visit the Accommodations website for further information.
Wheaton Tuition Fees Only. Expenses covered by Wheaton include: tuition, one round-trip airfare from New York area or Boston and an ISIC card.
Students are responsible for the costs of housing and meals, transportation to meet the overseas flight, $500 administrative fee, passport and visa fees, local transportation, books and supplies, supplemental overseas health insurance and personal expenses. Vacation Break expenses are not covered under Wheaton fees and students must make independent arrangements for housing, meals and travel, as needed.
Guidelines are available in the Center for Global Education; this is an on-line application process. A 500-word essay is required as part of the application.
Make an appointment with Janet Ray in the Center for Global Education, ext. 4950. Program details are subject to change at the discretion of the Center for Global Education.
Courses of Study
Required Courses (3.0 Wheaton Credits*)
*Each academic component earns 1.0 Wheaton credits.
- Government and Politics in the United Kingdom (Political Science 298)
- Scottish Politics (Political Science 298)
- Scottish Society and Culture (Sociology 298)
10-week Internship (1.0 Wheaton Credit) (Political Science 398). Placement with a Member of the Scottish Parliament
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