Why weren’t there interns in 2020-21?
Unfortunately, due to the uncertainty posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, we took the difficult decision to suspend the internship scheme during the year 2020-21. We’re delighted to be back and to have some exciting new additions to the scheme, including a visit to the Holy Land and new accommodation.
When do applications open and what is the recruitment process?
Applications will reopen on 1 December 2020. Interviews will take place in Spring 2021 either in person or via Zoom, depending on the circumstances. Successful applicants will begin their year on the scheme in late September 2021.
How will the Faith in Politics internship benefit me?
Whether you work in Westminster or at CAFOD, you will, at the end of the scheme have gained invaluable experience, knowledge and networking opportunities, as well as a deeper insight into Catholic Social Teaching and familiarity with the work of the Catholic Church and its agencies. The spiritual guidance and retreats will provide you with opportunities to reflect on the faith dimension of the experience and assist you in discerning your future vocation.
Why do I have to be a Catholic?
Faith in Politics is an initiative of the Catholic Bishops in England and Wales specifically aimed at young Catholics seeking to discern a vocation to public service and political leadership. The year’s internship consists of four related elements designed together to provide an intensive experience of social and political engagement in a spiritual context. These comprise work, faith, learning, community and pilgrimage. At the outset of the scheme it was agreed that we should work not only with Catholic but also other Christian MPs. We seek to work with different MPs each year, and it is understood that the interns are there for an educational experience. However, the scheme is designed and funded through fundraising specifically for young Catholic graduates, and the elements of the scheme come together taking this as a starting point. There are also other internship programs through which graduates can seek to work with MPs. These include schemes likes the CARE Leadership Programme and the Buxton Leadership Programme, both run for Christians of other denominations with whom we liaise. These programmes work with Christian MPs of varying denominations. The requirement for a Catholic is appropriate under Schedule 9 Part 1 Para 3 of the Equality Act.
How is the scheme funded? Where will I live?
The scheme is funded through fundraising. Interns will have subsidised accommodation in central London and an allowance to cover living and travel costs for the duration of the internship. When added together, this amounts to more than the London Living Wage. As interns, you will be selected on the basis of ability and potential to gain most benefit from this experience.
Will there be someone I can go to in case of problems?
There is a team at the Bishops’ Conference who will keep in touch regularly and ensure all the practical aspects of your internship are going well throughout the year.
Am I the kind of person you’re looking for?
We are looking for current final year undergraduates and postgraduates or recent graduates who:
- Are committed Catholics with integrity, a strong sense of vocation to social action, seeking to bring their faith to life
- Have varied life experiences
- Are academically strong, having achieved or expected to achieve either a good 2:1 or a First
- Have exceptional initiative, drive, flair and creativity
- Are highly responsible with good interpersonal skills and discretion
- Have excellent oral and written communication skills
- Are resident in the UK
What is unique about the Catholic Bishops’ Conference internship is how faith becomes an integral part of daily life, rather than an additional aspect to it.
CAFOD Internship 2015-16