The Legislative Studies and Practice Programme was established in 2009 to provide university graduates with the opportunity to experience working in the Assembly and get a peek behind the curtain of political life in Northern Ireland. The Programme runs in partnership with Queen’s University Belfast and is part of a Master’s qualification in Legislative Studies and Practice. Students contribute fully to the work of their placement office and use their experience to undertake original research leading to the development of a dissertation.
Now in its eighth year, this series is taking a look at the current group of students and finding out how they are adjusting to their placements in the various working environments of the Assembly. Having already heard from Ross Graham in the Bill Office and the students working in the Committees, we now catch up with Amy Maxwell to find out how she’s enjoying life in the Assembly’s Business Office.
Amy studied History, Politics and English Literature at A-Level before attending Queen’s University to study History and Politics. With a keen interest in Northern Irish politics and the public sector, Amy was attracted to the Programme by the chance to work in the Assembly and gain valuable experience in a political environment.