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Tynwald intern gaining real life parliamentary experience

Tynwald parliamentary Intern

​After four months into her one-year Tynwald internship Aiza Khan (pictured) has said she is gaining valuable ‘real-life’ parliamentary experience.

Former Ballakermeen High School student, Aiza, 26, who holds degrees in political science and law, joined the internship programme, arranged by the Clerk of Tynwald’s Office, in January. She said: ‘Only a few days after beginning my internship the Island went into a third lockdown. The Clerk of Tynwald’s Office was very supportive, though, and ensured I had everything I needed to work from home, so already I’ve had experience of the virtual and physical functioning of Tynwald.

’Aiza’s first encounter with Tynwald was in the summer of 2020 when she spent two weeks as a work experience student. ‘I found that interesting and it prompted me to apply for the internship. What has struck me these past four months is how everyone is so well integrated into the team and how there’s always someone I can look to for support. 

‘To observe the debating and scrutiny processes and serve as a clerk to the Select Committee on the Business and Functioning of the Legislative Council is giving me a deeper appreciation of the law than I could ever acquire from academic studies alone. In addition, being attached to the Hansard team shows me just how much every single word matters and, as someone hoping to become a lawyer, I really appreciate gaining that insight. I’m also seeing how Members need to be equipped with a wide expanse of knowledge and the invaluable support they receive from the Chamber and Information Service’s research function.

Being part of a small team is a more intimate way of learning, so it’s easier to gain an in-depth understanding of the parliamentary system and I’ve found that interacting with Members and my colleagues – all of whom have been very welcoming - is giving me added confidence. 

To have these opportunities, especially in the run-up to the General Election, is bringing clarity to my studies. It’s also been interesting to observe sittings of the House of Keys, Legislative Council and Tynwald Court; to see how they differ and how tradition is still valued and upheld.  Walking into any one of those three chambers you sense just how strongly Tynwald is tied to the history of the Isle of Man.’

The Office of the Clerk of Tynwald are recruiting now for a one-year paid Parliamentary Intern position starting September 2021. Anyone who is interested should read the Further Particulars of the role online at https://www.tynwald.org.im/memoff/recruit/​ 

Blogs from previous parliamentary interns are available on the Tynwald website  https://www.tynwald.org.im/education/InternBlog/ ​

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For further information contact: 
Jonathan King
Deputy Clerk of Tynwald
Legislative Buildings
Douglas
IM1 3PW
Tel: 01624 686303
j.king@tynwald.org.im
May 20, 2021​
Published - 21/05/2021