This summer, I am offering a work experience placement for a Bristol-based young person for two weeks in August. Have a look below at the application details and please get in touch by email if there is anything else that would help you to know if you are interested in applying. The deadline to apply is midnight on Thursday 23rd July.


Work experience placement for Bristol-based young person

Bristol West’s Member of Parliament, Thangam Debbonaire, is offering an opportunity for a young person to help with some research over the summer.

Over the two-week placement, the chosen candidate will put together detailed research on the constituency of Bristol West, supporting Thangam’s work challenging racism and inequality. The research will involve contacting Bristol businesses and investigating how they are working to reduce inequality in the city, including through their recruitment policies.

The opportunity would suit someone who is passionate about making Bristol a fairer, more equal place.

The chosen candidate must be:

  • 17-19 years old
  • Engaged in politics – though not necessarily party politics
  • Knowledgeable about Bristol
  • Living in the Bristol West constituency (check here)
  • Have access to a computer and internet connection
  • Able to commit 7.5 hours per working day, on average (exact hours to be agreed)
  • Available from 17-28 August.

Unfortunately, our office is still closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, so most of the work will have to be carried out from home. However, the placement will include regular supervision, either face-to-face or online, with Thangam Debbonaire and her staff.

At the end of the two-week period, there will be an opportunity to present findings and receive feedback.

The placement will give the chosen candidate insights into politics and the work people do to support politicians. It will also be an opportunity to learn important work skills.

We particularly welcome applications from young people from Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic backgrounds.

This placement is unpaid, although any expenses will be covered.

To apply: Please send a letter of between 150-200 words, explaining why you would be an excellent choice for this placement. We would recommend reading up on Thangam’s work and thinking about how you can contribute. Please send your letter by email with the subject heading ‘Summer work experience’ to by midnight on Thursday 23 July 2020.  Please also get in touch if you have any questions before applying.

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