Student Internship Programme
An integral part of the Margaret Thatcher Centre is to run student programmes that educate the next generation about Margaret Thatcher’s life, values and achievements.
These programmes are ground-breaking in both intent and execution and achieve the Centre’s mission by introducing selected students to an educational experience like no other.
The Parliamentary Internship Programme sees students from overseas work under a tier 5 visa for a three-month period for think-tanks and for MPs as part of their degree studies.
During this time they can expect to become involved in a variety of exciting parliamentary activities such as shadowing MPs as they attend meetings, working closely with other staff and advisers in parliament, attending parliamentary debates, researching written material for speeches, assisting in tabling parliamentary written questions and liaising with local, regional and national press and voters by telephone and in meetings held in parliament.
Expanding on the work that the Centre has done throughout the past ten years, overseas students have the opportunity to engage in a range of programmes and events that help use the University’s capabilities. This allows them to achieve a greater understanding of both British politics and how Margaret Thatcher influenced it. Students who participate in the Centre’s educational programmes experience a number of activities in order to increase their own awareness and understanding of British politics and the continuing influence of Margaret Thatcher’s life, values and achievements.
This includes a number of visits to educational landmarks which are designed to complement their academic studies.
These visits include:
• The Houses of Parliament (the House of Commons and the House of Lords);
• City Hall;
• The Inns of Court;
• The Royal Courts of Justice and the Supreme Court;
• The Old Bailey;
• The London Eye;
• The Tower of London;
• Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace;
• The Carlton Club;
• The East India Club;
• Freemasons Hall;
• The British Museum;
• The National Gallery; and
• The Churchill War Rooms.