The CCHQ Summer Internship Scheme

Gain essential political skills while working in the heart of Westminster for the Conservative Party.

CCHQ’s Summer Internship Scheme

What could the internship include?   

  • Work alongside our research department, gain experience across our policy, briefing and political teams and gain an insight into what it takes to be future Special Advisor in Government. 

  • Learn the ropes across our digital department with opportunities to assist with our social media channels.  

  • Provide support to the press office and learn what it takes to work in a busy political press environment. 

  • Gain first-hand experience in our Executive Office and learn about what it takes to run a political party alongside the senior management team. 

Who can apply for the CCHQ Summer Internship?

We are looking for individuals who are:

  • Proactive learners who show a keen willingness to develop within the Party. 
  • Creative and innovative individuals with a flair and passion for politics. 
  • Looking to be challenged through a whole host of new experiences
  • Sympathetic to the aims and values of the Conservative Party

To apply, candidates must:

  • Be between the ages of 19 – 22 years old;
  • Have a minimum grade 5 in English and Maths GCSE;
  • Have at least A-Level: BCC / BTEC Level 3: MMM / equivalent to 104 UCAS points.

Note; applications are now closed, but you can register your interest by clicking the button below.

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We believe that talent exists everywhere – no matter your background or where you come from. 

We believe that we’re at our best when our organisation reflects all the communities we serve and represent. 

That’s why we set up the summer internship scheme. 

Working together with the Patchwork Foundation, we'll help you discover the diversity of modern politics, including digital, press, campaigning, marketing, research and more. 

The scheme is designed to support young adults who may not have thought a career in politics was possible by providing the skills, insight, experiences, and pastoral support needed to overcome any barriers.

You will experience a wide range of project work and activities equipping you with the essential skills to work in politics or anywhere else - both political and non-political fields. 

We are particularly interested in hearing from dynamic and motivated young adults from under-represented backgrounds. So don’t rule yourself out – apply today!

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We are looking for individuals who are:  

  • Proactive learners who show a keen willingness to develop within the Party.
  • Creative and innovative with a flare and passion for politics. 
  • Looking to be challenged through a whole host of new experiences. 
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To apply you must:

Be between the ages of 19 – 22 years old

Minimum grade 5 in English and Maths GCSE 

A-Level: BCC / BTEC Level 3: MMM / or equivalent to 104 UCAS points 

The CCHQ Internship scheme will be in collaboration with the Patchwork Foundation. The Patchwork Foundation works to promote and encourage the positive integration of disadvantaged and minority communities into British democracy and civil society. 

To see more of what the Patchwork Foundation do you can find a link to their website here

CCHQ teams up with the Patchwork Foundation to provide paid summer internships for young people. 

This is an exciting opportunity to introduce yourself to the world of politics, make connections, and new friends, get training and experience across multiple departments of the Conservative Party –  all for a living wage.

This six-week scheme places you at the heart of Westminster, and the skills you’ll learn will put you in good stead for a future career in politics, public affairs, consultancy and much more.  

Is the internship right for me? 

What previous interns have said:

'I learnt so much on-the-go that a textbook could never teach. It truly was an invigorating experience and one that I will be forever grateful for.' 

Sam Worthington - CCHQ Summer Intern 2022

'The CCHQ internship is life-changing. It gave me the opportunity to make a political career possible.' 

Dan Sillett - CCHQ Summer Intern 2022 

'The CCHQ internship provided me with unforgettable experiences and career advice, whilst growing my confidence and capabilities.' 

Shannon Diggins - CCHQ Summer Intern 2022

'The CCHQ internship was the experience of a lifetime. I made the most amazing memories, met the most insightful people and learned so much about myself and the opportunity that lie ahead.' 

Srishti Thakur - CCHQ Summer Intern 2022

'I realised the plethora of career opportunities available in the world of politics at CCHQ, developed key soft skills and grew in confidence.

Kanyinsola Adeliyi - CCHQ Summer Intern 2021

'The CCHQ Internship pushed my political understanding to the next level and got me really excited to discover a future in politics.' 

Madeleine Ross - CCHQ Summer Intern 2021

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