Hansard Society Scholars Internship Programme
Study and intern in London at the heart of the British political establishment.
London, the capital of England, is a city full of history and culture. From the iconic Oxford Street for shopping to the House of Parliament, London is filled with attractions. More than 300 languages are spoken throughout the city, making it a truly diverse setting for a semester abroad. The city is also home to a renowned public transportation system.
The Hansard Society was founded in 1944 and has been participating in British politics ever since. The group is an independent, Hansard Society London-partisan political research non-profit that works in the United Kingdom and beyond. The Society's co-presidents are the Speaker of the House of Commons and Lord Speaker of the House of Lords. The vice presidents are the Prime Minister and main party leaders.
The Hansard Society Scholars Programme in London is a semester-long (14 weeks) study and internship program that takes place at the center of one of the world's greatest political, cultural and social capitals. Through the Hansard Society's exceptional network of contacts in and around the Houses of Parliament, the program provides undergraduates an opportunity to intern at the heart of the British political establishment and to take political science courses as associate students with the London School of Economics (LSE).
The Hansard Society Scholars program is a 15-credit semester. Academic work is complemented by guest lectures with senior political figures, civil servants and journalists. Program participants enroll in two required courses: Parliament & Politics (3 cr.), Politics & Public Policy (3 cr.), an individual research project (dissertation) on a topic of interest to the student (3 cr), and an internship (6 cr). Scholars are placed by Hansard Society Scholars staff in internships that match their interests, expertise, and career ambitions.
Student Life and Co-curricular
Participants have access to a games room located at their housing and are able to explore the wonders of London during their free time. Hansard alerts participants of cultural, political, and social events/activities occurring in the area. The program also includes a 4-day political study excursion to Edinburgh, Scotland and a 3-day study excursion to Cardiff Wales.
Scholars are housed in a dedicated student residence in double-occupancy rooms with access to kitchen facilities. Scholars are located in one of two residence halls, both in central London. Each hall offers 24-hour security, study areas, and laundry facilities. Both halls are well connected to the city by train and bus, and are conveniently situated close to both Westminster and LSE.
- Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA at the time of application
- Sophomore standing or higher at the time of study abroad
- Academic Advisor approval of program and coursework
How to Apply
Enrollment is limited, and applicants are encouraged to apply early. Click here for more information on the Marist Abroad application process. Marist students must complete the Marist Abroad application and be accepted before applying to the overseas program.