Houses of parliament internship video transcript

This is the video transcript for Megan Cunningham’s interview about her Houses of Parliament internship on the student profiles page. 

Houses of Parliament internship

My name is Megan Cunningham and I study Ancient History and a module of International Relations, and I did my two week internship in Teresa May’s office in the Houses of Parliament.

Describe your work

We dealt with problems in her constituency, we also had ministerial correspondence. But I also had to research certain topics in the media at the moment. For such a large topic you can shorten it down into an article so she could read and use it to write her speeches with.  

What skills did you bring to the organization?

Definitely needed research skills to surf the internet and find out information on the different topics. Communication skills because you have to be able to communicate formally in writing when you are writing to members of her constituency, answering their problems and letters. But also to be able to communicate orally, being able to talk to other people in the office – being able to get on with them  and work well, and communicate between other offices because there were other MPs she would have to communicate with.

What skills did you gain?

Definitely needed research skills to surf the internet and find out information on the different topics. Communication skills because you have to be able to communicate formally in writing when you are writing to members of her constituency, answering their problems and letters. But also to be able to communicate orally, being able to talk to other people in the office – being able to get on with them  and work well, and communicate between other offices because there were other MPs she would have to communicate with.

How did your achievement impact on the organization?

I had to read through the new National Security Strategy which was a massive document, and I had to condense it into a four-page article which was a lot of work. It was an achievement for the organization because she actually used it in one of her speeches and so she took the knowledge that I had produced and so when she gave her speech in the House of Commons I noticed she was using lots of the information that I had produced.