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Scottish Parliament

Winter: January–April 2024
Fall: September–December 2024

Application Deadlines:
Winter 2024: 13 October 2023
Fall 2024: 1 April 2024

For over 15 years, BYU has partnered with the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh to provide several unpaid internships per semester. From their first day on the job, interns work closely with their assigned Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) and one or two other staffers. Parliamentary interns conduct focused research on pressing issues, conduct constituency service, interact with voters, and draft speeches, newspaper articles, and correspondence. On evenings and weekends, students explore Edinburgh and other parts of Scotland, participate in the local ward, and, time and money allowing, travel in Europe. Interns emerge from the experience with a compelling, evidence-based narrative about the professional value of their internship, opening doors to graduate school or future employment.

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Danny Damron
945 KMBL
(801) 356-1833


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Frequently Asked Questions
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UK visa laws require international student interns to have full-time status, which means participants must register for 12 hours of coursework through BYU. Students are required to take one of the two following classes during their internship experience:

POLI 399R—Academic Internship (3 credit hours)
ENGL 399R—Academic Internship (3 credit hours)

The remaining credits needed for full-time status often come from the equivalent internship class from the student’s major or minor.

Students may not take any other courses on this program, including BYU Online courses, without approval by the program director and ISP.
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$ Tuition

Includes Latter-day Saint, undergraduate full tuition (increased cost for grads and non–Latter-day Saint students), visa application and processing fees, and international health insurance.

Does not include airfare, food, housing, and other living expenses. With these additional costs, students generally spend approximately $7,000 total (before scholarships, stipends, and other forms of financial aid are applied).

Married students wishing to bring an accompanying spouse should consult with ISP about BYU and UK requirements for international health insurance, visas, and so forth.
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Funding Sources

Regular BYU tuition scholarships, Pell Grants, and Federal Insured Student Loans may be applied to study abroad programs.

Students who submit the financial aid section of the ISP application and who have a current FAFSA form on file at the Financial Aid Office (A-41 ASB) will be considered for a Study Abroad scholarship.

Academic departments and colleges may assist with scholarships and grants.

Students with a major housed in the College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences or in the College of Humanities are eligible for needs-based funding ranging from $1,000 to $3,000.

Private grants and scholarships outside of BYU may also assist (see
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Students are required to earn a B or higher in one of the two following prerequisite courses prior to departure (which will be held in the second block of the Fall or Winter semester prior to their internship):

POLI 297R—Internship Program Preparation (1 credit hour)
HCOLL 396R—Internship Preparation (1 credit hour)

Accepted students are required to participate in an international, cross-cultural preparation course (IAS 201R, 1 credit hour).

Students must meet all country- and program-specific COVID and health requirements for travel.
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Housing is solely the responsibility of each intern. For housing leads, students should consult previous interns, the program facilitator and faculty coordinator, and websites specializing in short-term Edinburgh rentals.
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Students are responsible for purchasing their own airfare to and from the program sites. Airline reservations must be made through BYU Travel. Students should contact a BYU Travel agent.

BYU Travel
280 HRCB
(801) 422-6293
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Application Process

Students must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

Interested students should prepare an application letter, a CV, and written responses to the application questions. Students will then meet with Danny Damron to finalize and submit their application. Since openings are limited, BYU will only sponsor applications from those demonstrating a commitment to the internship as a high stakes professional development experience.

Complete the online application here only after receiving an offer from Scottish Parliament. A nonrefundable $35 application fee is required.

Students will be notified via e-mail of their acceptance into the program. The first payment is due upon acceptance; please refer to the Payment Information document.

Application Deadline for Winter 2024: 13 October 2023
Application Deadline for Fall 2024: 1 April 2024

Those who only hear about this program after these deadlines are still encouraged to contact Danny Damron, as Parliament may consider late applications from particularly strong candidates.
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Program Adjustments

International Study Programs (ISP) reserves the right to cancel this program, revise its offerings, or make any adjustments to the preliminary cost.

If it becomes necessary for ISP to cancel a program, all program payments made to BYU ISP will be refunded to the student’s BYU Financial account.

ISP is the only office authorized to cancel any of its programs.
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Danny Damron, the Assistant Dean for Experiential Education & Professional Development in the College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences, will work closely with all interns once they arrive in Scotland.

945 KMBL
(801) 356-1833
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Contact Us

International Study Programs
101 HRCB
(801) 422-3686
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ISP Student Handbook

To see the student handbook, click here.
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Payment Schedule

To see the payment schedule, click here.