Two students from the USA, Kelly Mader, from Millersville University in Pennsylvania, and Samantha Schultz, from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, are experiencing the workings of UK Parliament this autumn semester as part of the Study Abroad Programme, which is run in conjunction with London Metropolitan University.
For two days every week, both girls are working with Members of Parliament and their staff and discovering what is involved in running a successful political party in the UK.
Kelly, a third year International Major who specialises in European Studies, is placed with Lynne Featherstone MP in the Hornsey and Wood Green Constituency Office of the Liberal Democrat Party, while Samantha is with Labour MP Emily Thornberry in the Islington and South Finsbury Constituency Office.
According to Kelly, the internship will give her ‘good experience and an inside view of the workings of the British Parliamentary System’.
’Studying at London Metropolitan University will also give me good experience of living and working in a big city. After I graduate I would like to work in Washington DC, possibly for the State Department,’ she said.
Samantha agreed, saying: ‘I hope the internship will go some way to helping me gain a place at Law School after I graduate.’
Kelly’s duties include working on campaigns, preparing mailings and local deliveries, and office administration, while Samantha is assisting with casework, campaigning and administrative duties.
The Study Abroad Programme combines a period of residence abroad with an educational programme through which students gain academic credit towards their degree in their country of origin.
Students who apply for an internship with London Metropolitan University are fully integrated into the academic and social life of London Met, one of the largest universities in London with around 34,000 students and 4000 staff over both campuses.
15 October 2007