One Year Parliamentary Internship
Tynwald has been offering a 12-month parliamentary internship programme since 2014. Arranged by the Clerk of Tynwald’s Office it provides graduates with an opportunity to gain training and experience in a wide range of parliamentary functions, procedures and services within the parliamentary office.
The intern will work primarily within the Chamber and Information Service team, but will have the opportunity to spend time within the various Tynwald departments including Tynwald Administration and Hansard and to work with the Clerks. The position is advertised in May each year, details will be on the Recruitment pages of this website.
Details of parliamentary practices and procedures and the work of the Office of the Clerk of Tynwald can be found in the Tynwald Companion which is available online - http://www.tynwald.org.im/links/tls/TC - examples of work the intern will undertake are:
Queries and Research
The Tynwald Information Service deals with requests for information from Members of Tynwald, Committees, Clerks, Isle of Man Government staff and the general public. Queries vary in complexity and the intern will be expected to deal with some of the more detailed requests. This will include research requests from Members and assignment to one or more parliamentary committees. The ability to produce well-constructed research papers will be essential and will be investigated as part of the application process. The intern will be a trusted source of information.
The Office of the Clerk of Tynwald provides a range of services to parliamentary committees including record-keeping, research, briefing and drafting. Opportunities may be available for the intern to assist with some or all of these functions.
In order to answer queries received the Chamber and Information Service manages a number of data retrieval systems - both electronic and hard copy. The post-holder will be expected to take responsibility for managing and maintaining systems which may include: a parliamentary business index; reports index; secondary legislation database and a library catalogue management system.
The Order and Questions Papers and other activities associated with sittings are undertaken by the team and require an ability to work to deadlines whilst maintaining strict attention to detail.
Tynwald Website and Public Information
The Chamber and Information Service has responsibility for the maintenance and development of the Tynwald website. Alongside the e-development there will be a complementary range of printed publications with which the post-holder may assist.
Education and Outreach
The education and outreach programme has been developed in-house and the intern will be expected to be support our social media strategy. Public tours of the legislative buildings are offered and the intern will be expected regularly to lead these and be the co-ordinator for schools and other parliamentary visitors. Occasionally tours take place out of hours, with notice, so flexibility in this respect is essential.
Public Enquiries and Retail
The intern will be expected to respond to queries and to provide cover for the public counter.
Tynwald has an active international presence and regularly receives visitors. Staff take part in conferences internationally and in the British Isles. The intern may be involved in all these activities.