Swansea Univ.- Political Science Internship
Founded in 1920, Swansea University is a vibrant, research-led university at the forefront of academic and scientific discovery. Set in park land overlooking Swansea Bay, on the edge of the breathtaking Gower Peninsula, the university’s location is part of the institution’s appeal. Placed among the top universities in the U.K. for teaching quality and student satisfaction, Swansea aims to deliver an outstanding student experience along with a superior education.
The Surrounding Area
The surrounding countryside is some of the most beautiful in Britain. Swansea is only 35 miles from Cardiff, the capital of Wales, and has direct road and rail links to London and all the major cities in the U.K. The wonderful and varied landscape of the Gower Peninsula is close by and was the first place in Britain to be designated as an “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.” Spectacular cliffs, lovely beaches and walks are only a few of the peninsula’s many features. There are opportunities for surfing, swimming, walking, boating, fishing, and other maritime pursuits.
Location............................................................ Swansea, Wales
City Population ..............................................................223,000
University Enrollment...................................................... 12,000
Swansea University has been awarded the Best Student Experience in Britain by the Times Higher Education Supplement. Swansea has an excellent range of international activities, including International Friendship House - a charitable organization run by British locals to show hospitality to international students. The university’s sports centre boasts indoor courts, tennis, and racquetball courts, a modern uni-gym with fitness machines and free weights, along with direct access to an Olympic-sized pool. Swansea nightlife is excellent with a huge choice of clubs, bars, restaurants and cafes to choose from, as well as a major cinema complex and bowling centre.
- Degree-seeking student
- Good judicial standing
- 3.0+ GPA at time of application
- A minimum of three completed courses in a relevant subject area (i.e. Politics, International Relations, Government, Social/Public Policy) having achieved grades of B or better
- Must be at least 18 years of age at time of participation
Students will take 3 courses during the internship program:
- Introduction to British and European Politics
- Internship in British/European Politics
- Policy-Making in British and European Context
Students will begin this program by taking 3 weeks of courses, followed by their 6 week internship (120 hours in total), and finish off with 4 more weeks of courses while at Swansea. Internships may take place in London, Swansea, or Cardiff.
Internship placements include:
- National Assembly for Wales: a devolved parliament based in Cardiff with the power to enact laws for Wales. Students will work alongside an Assembly Member and witness first-hand how legislation is made and how it impacts on constituencies. Students' activities range from research support, assisting with writing policy briefs or reports, writing press releases or contribute to speeches and parliamentary questions.
- Non-Profit/ Non-Governmental Organizations:
- Ethnic Minorities & Youth Support Team: Swansea based charity organization providing culturally sensitive and holistic support service for young ethnic minority people across Wales aged 11-25. It also aims to challenge and counter negative stereotypes about ethnic diversity and to increase awareness and understanding about diverse communities in Wales.
- Race Council Cymru: Cardiff based non-profit organization that aims to combat prejudice, race discrimination, harassment and abuse while at the same time promoting art and celebrating the vibrant black and ethnic minority contribution through Art, Culture and Heritage activities across Wales.
- House of Commons: the directly elected chamber of Parliament of the UK based in London. Students will work alongside a Member of Parliament and gain an insight into the multilevel dimension of policy-making and representation of constituency interests. Students' activities range from research support, assisting writing policy briefs or reports, writing press releases or contribute to speeches and parliamentary questions.
Swansea Residential Services will assist all visiting and exchange students in finding university accommodation. Accommodation is available through university residences as well as university managed flats and houses in town. Students wishing to utilize Swansea-operated accommodation will be on a 14-week term.
If you prefer to stay in non-university accommodation, you may do so as well. Options include: Swansea Homestay, Swansea Studentpad, Hurst Dene (self-catering rooms and apartments), etc.
Spring Semester Dates
Early February- Mid-May
This program is available as a Study Abroad:
- Study Abroad - This means you pay Swansea University tuition, fees and Swansea accommodation costs.*
There will be additional costs for international airfare, passport, Tier IV visa (400-500 USD), GeoBlue health insurance, and local transportation.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Federal and state financial aid may be applied towards this program. Even if you are normally ineligible for financial aid, you should submit a financial aid application (FAFSA). You may find that you are eligible for additional funding.
UNCW students may also apply for a UNCW Education Abroad Grant and additional study abroad scholarships. Grant applications and additional information are available at https://uncw.edu/international/abroad/aid.html.