November 2019 - Inge Perry
Hello! My name is Inge Perry and I am currently enjoying the honour of being one of the Parliamentary Interns in the Office of the Clerk of Tynwald for 2019/2020. I recently graduated from the Universität Konstanz, in Germany, with a Bachelor of Education in French and English. After nearly five years living abroad, I decided to come back to the Isle of Man and to pursue a Masters of Arts in Law.
As soon as I learnt of this Internship, I recognised what an incredible opportunity it would be to gain an insight into the inner workings of a parliament and the processes involved in introducing legislation, as well as to develop numerous new administrative skills which will be of great value to any future career.
I began in September 2019 and, despite having read previous interns’ blogs, I was still surprised at just how much responsibility I was given within such a short space of time. Furthermore, I hadn’t expected that my duties as an Intern would correspond with my legal studies to such an extent and that I would be able to enjoy great amounts of beneficial crossover between the two. It is incredibly rewarding to be able to use the knowledge gained in my studies to further my work in the office, and vice versa.
During my first month on the job, I was able to visit the various departments and learn about the roles they play in ensuring the smooth operation of the Island’s Parliament. There is a lot of cooperation involved and it has been lovely getting to know everyone. Some of my first tasks involved working on various research projects and becoming familiar with the layout and history of the building in order to give tours to both members of the public and students from the Island’s schools. Having studied a degree in teaching, I am very much looking forward to being involved in the education outreach programme. I have a great appreciation for the importance of ensuring that school children learn about the political systems in place where they live so that they are able to engage in the development of their own community and will be able to make informed decisions in the future.
One of my main duties has been to act as Assistant Clerk on two of Tynwald’s Standing Committees – the Environment and Infrastructure Policy Review Committee and the Social Affairs Policy Review Committee. More recently, I was also assigned to the new Select Committee on the Code of Conduct for Public Servants in response to a Petition for Redress. So far, the work required of me for these committees has been challenging yet always highly interesting. It has spanned a wide range of tasks and topics, such as finalising a report on an inquiry into suicide, to conducting research for a new inquiry into flood mitigation on the Island.
No two days are ever the same, which is an aspect of this role that I very much enjoy. Every day I am presented with the opportunity to learn about something new, be it in relation to the remarkable history of the Island I grew up on, or the intricacies of legislative procedures that have already been, and will surely continue to be, of benefit to me in my pursuit of a career in law. I look forward to seeing what the rest of my time in the Office of the Clerk of Tynwald will bring and to all new challenges with which I am bound to be faced.