Glasgow Cathcart MSP James Dornan has engaged Scotland’s first paid parliamentary intern – Campbell Mills, 16, who is currently in his fifth year at the Kings Park Secondary School.
Campbell won the much sought after intern position after entering an essay competition which Mr Dornan opened to 5th and 6th year pupils at Castlemilk High School, King’s Park Secondary School and St. Margaret Mary’s Secondary School at the end of 2011.
Entrants submitted a 2,500 to 3,000 word essay on the subject of Scotland’s future, including: multiculturalism, the Scottish justice system, Scottish independence, Scottish confidence and Scottish identity – the selection process also involved a candidate interview.
Campbell’s winning essay was titled ‘the Scottish Justice System – Is it working?’ and since starting his internship last week, he has been carrying out research into knife crime.
James Dornan MSP said: “The essays were all varied and interesting and of a very high standard but I particularly liked how Campbell used topical examples of legal cases in Scotland to explain his argument and to open up the debate.
“Campbell looked at both sides of the argument and expressed his own, well-considered views. His good use of language made the essay interesting to read.
“I look forward to seeing him put his language skills to good use when he drafts press releases and research briefings for me.
“Campbell will also be working on a small research project during the internship programme and his clear planning skills and obvious interest in politics will be of great benefit to him.
“He will have an opportunity to experience all aspects of life and work in an MSP’s office which I hope will inspire him to see this as a possible career in the future.”
Campbell will work a total of 36 hours for Cathcart MSP James Dornan one hour per week in his constituency office in Mount Florida.