Want to join my team?


Job Opportunity: Parliamentary Intern

Location: Westminster Office

Salary: London Living Wage

Job Details:
Richard is looking for an addition to his busy team in the Westminster office. This is a part-time, paid and fixed position lasting until the Christmas recess.

You will learn first-hand about the work that MPs do representing their constituents in Parliament, as well as gaining insight into the role of a Shadow Transport Minister.

The suitable candidate must be very motivated and comfortable in a busy office. The candidate must also be good at prioritising and managing numerous tasks at once.

Working closely with and supporting Richard and his team, you will develop skills in research and parliamentary procedure through involvement in a wide range of activities including providing administrative support, responding to routine correspondence and assisting with other ad hoc communications and research tasks.

Parliamentary experience and an interest in transport issues are both desirable but not essential.

We will be looking for the following qualities in applicants:

  • excellent written and personal communication skills
  • strong research ability
  • strong organisation skills
  • interest in politics and Parliament
  • excellent time management skills
  • ability to work both independently and as a member of a team
  • competent use of IT and Microsoft Office
  • supportive of the aims and values of the Labour Party

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.

Closing Date: 2 October 2015

Interview/Start Dates:
Those shortlisted for interview will be notified by Monday 5 October at the latest and interviews will take place over Wednesday 7 & Thursday 8 October, with the successful candidate taking up the post as soon as possible after that.

How to apply:
Please send your CV and covering letter (maximum two pages each) to richard.burden.mp@parliament.uk. Please use the subject line “Parliamentary intern application.”

Please include in the letter why it is that you would like the role and particularly in my team, why you believe you’re qualified for the position and what your availability is. Due to the large volume of applications we are expecting to receive, we are only able to contact those who have been shortlisted for interview.

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I was Labour Member of Parliament for Birmingham Northfield between 1992 and 2019 and a former Shadow Transport Minister. I now chair Healthwatch in Birmingham and Solihull, and the West Midlands Board of Remembering Srebrenica. I also work as a public affairs consultant. I am an effective community advocate and stakeholder alliance builder with a passion for human rights. I am a trustee of the Balfour Project charity and of Citizens Advice Birmingham, and a former Chair of Medical Aid for Palestinians.

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You can reach me by email at richard@richardburden.com or use the form on the Contact page to send me a message.