The Hansard Society was formed to promote democratic ideals over 50 years ago, at a time when they seemed threatened by fascist and communist dictatorship. Some of the first subscribers were Winston Churchill and Clement Richard Attlee, then the prime minister and deputy prime minister of the United Kingdom. Today, the Hansard Society is the largest and most active campaign organization in Europe, aimed to strengthen parliamentary democracy, public engagement and political education through its work with decision-makers, policy experts and the media. The society’s work brings together key stakeholders from the public, private and voluntary sectors in Britain, Europe and the world to tackle fundamental questions about how people are governed and prospects for democratic reform.
Participants in the Hansard Scholars Programme spend one day a week attending classes at the London School of Economics and three days per week at their internships. In addition to pursuing an individual research dissertation, undergraduate Hansard Scholars take two lecture courses, while research scholars take one more focused course. All scholars attend regular lectures with politicians and other senior figures from a variety of public policy organizations and intern at one of the many political organizations in the United Kingdom. As part of the program, scholars participate in political study visits to Edinburgh and Oxford, where they listen to lectures given by prominent figures from the British political establishment. The program charges a fee of £7,450 a semester (£6,850 for the summer), which includes tuition at LSE, housing, a public transportation pass, social and cultural activities and political study visits.
The undergraduate Hansard Scholars Programme assumes no previous knowledge of British politics or any experience with political internships. Applicants should have a GPA of 3.0 or above (if from the United States).
Hansard Scholars Programme
40-43 Chancery Lane
London WC2A 1JA
Phone: +44 20 74 38 12 23
Number of Interns: 51 to 100
Compensation/Benefits: Academic Credit, Program Fee, Unpaid
Academic Level: College Freshmen, College Sophomores, College Juniors, College Seniors
London, United Kingdom