As part of Bishop Vaughan School’s programme to support More Able and Talented pupils, the school has helped pupils arrange work experience and summer school opportunities. These experiences will support pupils in future university applications. This year, four pupils from our Sixth Form completed internships with Carolyn Harris, MP for Swansea East. Olivia, one of the interns, described her experiences:
“Over the summer, myself and three other students completed internships at our local MP Carolyn Harris’ constituency office, where we undertook a variety of tasks. We assisted in responding to lobbying requests from constituents in the local area. The primary use of lobbying is for the Member of Parliament to gage their constituents’ sentiments on a particular issue, which will in turn heavily influence the way they will vote in Parliament. There was also the opportunity to be involved in independent work, helping to analyse and modify large amounts of information on the electoral registers.
Overall, we learnt about what a constituency office does and why it is vital for local residents and essential for helping a Member of Parliament in representing their constituents. We thoroughly enjoyed our time working in the office with such friendly and welcoming staff, and the experience and skills we have obtained have undoubtedly been valuable for any of the career paths we may decide to delve into.”