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Political and social research

There are a number of different roles within this sector, including working at a think tank, being a politician's assistant and undertaking social research.

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If you have questions about your plans, talk to a member of our team.


Spotlight On: Politics

Nadia Whittome, former UoN law student

Nadia talks about her interest in politics and how she has gained valuable work experience. 

Her experience included working as a parliamentary intern during the Referendum campaign.


John Hess, political journalist

John Hess worked for BBC East Midlands Today between 1997 and 2015 and at a recent Spotlight On event he kindly talked to us about his career and the challenges facing political journalists today.

A career in journalism

In this video John talks about his interest in politics and the skills you need to become a journalist. In this competitive area of work, he offers advice on how to impress a future employer.

The challenges 

In this video John talks about the challenges of political journalism, the difference between regional and national reporting and the impact of social media on the profession. 


Government research officers


Public affairs – think tanks and lobbying firms

  • The Guardian – a list of Britain's leading think tanks   
  • Public Affairs Links – resources for getting a job in the sector including lobbying factsheets, job vacancies, and lists of think tanks, political parties etc.  
  • Public Affairs Networking – contains a guide to public affairs and information for graduates
  • Smart Thinking the latest UK public policy research and analysis 

Trade Union research officers


Work experience and job vacancies

  • Visit the websites of think tanks to identify work experience or internship opportunities, for example, DEMOS, a think tank on democracy. Also, use the links under the heading 'think tanks and lobbying firms' above
  • Civil Service – for work experience opportunities visit their website which has a section for undergraduates
  • The European Parliament – traineeships to provide vocational training and to learn more about the European Union 
  • House of Commons – offers year-long placements, including in the Department of Chamber and Committee Services
  • LGJobs – the UK official website for local government job vacancies
  • Parliamentors – get mentored by an MP if you see yourself working in politics after graduation 
  • UK Parliament – advertises job vacancies 
  • W4MP – covers everything you need to know about working for an MP including information on internships  



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