The Parliamentary Press Gallery and The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust Internship Programme

Stephen Lawrence Charitable TrustIn 2014 the Parliamentary Press Gallery and the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust joined forces to offer enthusiastic, talented and committed young people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds an opportunity to gain valuable work experience within the Parliamentary Press Gallery at the House of Commons. The scheme was aimed at candidates with an interest in journalism, politics and current affairs. It offered an opportunity to spend two weeks at the cutting edge of political journalism, working with a number of the different written and broadcast organisations represented in the Press Gallery.

The 2016 internships took place between January and April.  The three successful candidates on this year’s scheme spent time with widely differing media outlets across the Press Gallery including the Financial Times, Evening Standard, Daily Mirror, Press Association, Huffington Post and the BBC.  They attended press conferences and briefings, conducted interviews with politicians and carried out research for written articles and television packages.

To mark the end of this year’s scheme – and by kind permission of the Speaker of the House of Commons – the Press Gallery held a reception in Speaker’s House.  The Speaker, Rt Hon John Bercow MP, hosted the occasion and presented our interns with certificates to mark their achievements.

The internships were offered after a rigorous selected process conducted by the Stephen Lawrence Trust and the Parliamentary Press Gallery.

The Press Gallery and the Stephen Lawrence Trust hope to offer similar opportunities in the future and details and a timetable will be published in due course. The qualifying criteria are likely to include

  • Aged between 18 and 24
  • From a black or minority ethnic background
  • Unemployed and able to commit to 2 continuous weeks work experience
  • Minimum Grade C GCSE in English (or equivalent)
  • Demonstrable interest in politics / current affairs / journalism / campaigning
  • Available to commute to Central London for the duration of the internship