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Hansard Scholars Internship Programme

Program Location London, United Kingdom
Sponsor Hansard Scholars Society
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 30012
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Current Program Dates
Summer 2020 05/15/20 to 07/11/20

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Hansard Scholars Internship Programme
House of Common's Speaker's Chair

The Hansard Scholars Programme is an 8-week, full-time program that is split between study and internship and offers an outstanding opportunity for students to gain academic and practical knowledge of the British political system and current debates in UK public policy.

Hansard Scholar Interns are part of an organization with an unparalleled reputation in the political world.  Students in this program study British politics, have seminars with politicians, and complete an internship with an NGO, a government department, a lobbying group, or the Houses of Parliament.

INTERNSHIP: All Hansard Scholars undertake an internship which is individually selected by the Hansard Society to match participants' interests, expertise, and career aspirations. Past interns have, for example, written speeches, carried out research, attended parliamentary meetings, helped devise and run media campaigns on key social and political issues, and more...

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:Hansard Scholars Society.


Hansard Scholars Internship Programme
Parliament Building by night

Applications are open to students majoring in political science, international relations, or history. A student is eligible if s/he has reached at least junior standing by the start of the program and has a background in the study of political science and/or public policy.

In addition, students must have excellent writing and research skills, be outgoing and well-spoken, and should demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit
Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts]
Specifically from: HIST, POL, and SOC (CLA)

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program
This eight-week program includes an unpaid internship at the heart of the British political establishment:  with a Member of Parliament, a Member of the House of Lords (Peer), a departmental Select Committee, Government ministry, media organisation, law firm, public affairs or government relations consultancy, NGO, think tank, or pressure group.  The other half of the program is comprised of an academic course that provides an overview of modern British politics and the parliamentary system with particular reference to current themes.  The course seeks to provide a cultural and societal, as well as political, context for the experiential placement.  The academic program also includes a guest lecture series with experts from the world of politics, academia, and the media addressing topical issues of the day. 

This program includes a four-day study tour to the Scottish Parliament and a daytrip to Oxford.


The Hansard Society provides accommodations in shared apartments in central London for all participants. They include kitchen facilities, furniture, and bedlinen. All apartments are cleaned regularly and are located close to shopping and entertainment facilities in central London.

Estimated Program Costs

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

The current program fee is posted as £7,000. These estimates below in USD are useful for planning purposes, but are subject to change due to currency exchange rate fluctuation and inflation. Students should regard these figures as approximate amount.

The Program Fee includes tuition; access to LSE student services, IT facilities, events, public lectures, restaurants and bars; calendar of cultural and social events; membership of the British Library of Political and Economic Sciences; self-catering accommodation in central London; internship placement in Westminster or other prominent political organization; and all administration and student support services, including pastoral care and access to the LSE medical facilities.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Summer 2019

Costs per term to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee$9,200.00
Study Abroad Fee$609.00
Purdue International Insurance (per month)$32.00

Approximate additional costs per term
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare$1,400.00
Books and Supplies$100.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 -$1,600.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos)$175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline.  To insure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an on-line application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Hansard Scholars Application Deadline for Summer Feb 1

Returnees Information
Hansard Scholars Internship Programme
London Bridge is not falling down!

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email

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