How do Placements work?
Each placement runs from October to July. All placements are organised by CARE. Once you have been accepted onto the Programme, CARE commits to finding you a placement for year. We seek to give each graduate a placement that matches their interests and career aspirations.
Most placements are in the office of a Parliamentarian. Graduates work for a Member of Parliament in Westminster, a Member of the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, or a Member of the European Parliament in Brussels. These placements span all the main political parties and provide an exceptional insight into the workings of Parliament and the life of political leaders.
We also offer placements in the advocacy teams of Non-Governmental Organisations. Recent examples include Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Tearfund, EU-CORD, Credit Action, Beyond the Streets and Micah Challenge UK. These placements provide great insight into political advocacy and the not-for-profit sector.
Every placement provides a challenging experience which helps equip our graduates for future success and leadership. The work involved is broad: graduates gain experience in research, public relations, marketing, media engagement, speech writing, administrative tasks, advocacy and campaigning. Many alumni use these experiences to build careers in politics, charitable work or business.
This is a purely educational Programme. Graduates on the Leadership Programme do not work for CARE and are not asked or permitted to lobby on behalf of CARE.