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How to make the most of your summer!

With exams over and essay deadlines in the past, I’m sure you are all entering holiday mode, with beach days, BBQ’s and festivals occupying your time. Along with a much needed rest, the summer is also a great opportunity to take up an internship or volunteer with a charity. Although it may not seem as tempting as lazing on a beach, developing your work experience greatly improves your job prospects. By completing an internship or voluntary work, it will enable you to test out different industries and consider the type of career you would like to pursue after graduation.

If you have an idea about the type of field you would like to work in (i.e. NGO’s, charities , journalism) research organisations both locally and nationally, use business social media sites such as LinkedIn to connect with companies and approach them to see if they are offering any summer internships.

Finding an internship may feel quite daunting, and you may be left wondering where to start. Some useful websites that advertise internships include: (internships offered in various sectors, including governmental and third sector) (an excellent site for vacancies and internship opportunities in Parliament, Policy / Research, Lobbying, PR and NGOs) (the official website for EU Commission internships) (links to internship and placement opportunities outside of the UK)

Be flexible about the type of work experience you will undertake. You may be determined to pursue a career working in Parliament, but consider undertaking work experience with a local political party. This will give you a great insight into working for an MP, and the nature of work involved. Try researching parties in your area and contacting them directly.

Volunteering is another great way to gain experience over the summer and it is always a valuable addition to a CV. If you would like to work in journalism or the media try contacting your local radio, news or TV station to see if they can offer you some voluntary work. Similarly, if you are interested in working for a charity you will most likely have to devote some of your time to volunteering with a particular organisation first. If you are staying in Kent this summer, visit, an online directory which includes charitable organisations from all across the South East.

You can also use Kent Union’s Toolkit to find opportunities in Canterbury and Medway. If you have are considering or you have taken up voluntary work remember to log your hours using the Toolkit. By logging your hours you could receive a bronze, silver or gold Kent Student Certificate in Volunteering award! And don’t forget if you have secured some unpaid work experience in the UK, you could be entitled to up to £100 from the Careers and Employability Service to help with expenses with the BKEW: University of Kent Work Experience Bursary Scheme. For further information and eligibility visit

Why volunteer?

As a current student or a recent graduate, I’m sure you have heard all too many times the key to getting a graduate job is ‘experience, experience, experience’. But with the pressures and demands of life, balancing a part time job, exam preparation, essay deadlines and of course a social life, it may seem as though you have no time to fit this in. However, if you can find the time, even if it were just a couple of hours a week, it would help to raise your graduate profile and develop your transferable skills. One way to do this is through volunteering. Volunteering is a great way to gain experience and skills, helping you to stand out to recruiters in a competitive job market.

So, why volunteer?

1) You can fit volunteering around your schedule, committing to just a few hours out of your day. This is your time you are investing in volunteering, so make sure it not only works for them but for you too.

2) There are many opportunities out there, all you have to do is look! If there is a specific career path you are interested in taking, volunteering is a perfect way to test it out. For example, if you would like to work as a journalist try contacting your local news offices for work experience. You can also browse voluntary vacancies through Kent Union and the Careers Vacancy Database .

You can also volunteer through a society, opportunities include first aid, homeless outreach, fundraising and volunteering with children.

3) It’s a great way to network and gain valuable contacts.

4) It will enhance your CV, contributing to your personal development, whilst giving you the chance to do something you care about.

5) You can get involved in the local community, supporting projects which benefit individuals, the community and environment.

6) You can explore different career paths and work with people from different backgrounds.

Remember …

Check if the opportunity covers out-of-pocket expenses, it shouldn’t cost you to volunteer.

If you have undertaken an unpaid work placement, you may be eligible for a B:KEW bursary.

If you do take on voluntary work, log your hours on the Kent Union’s Toolkit and you may achieve an award through the Kent Student Certificate in Volunteering.

Government Communication Service Internship

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Government Communication Service Internship. The GCS Internship is aimed at students from diverse backgrounds in their penultimate or final year of university or completing a degree equivalent. The deadline for applications is 22nd February.

The Government Communication Service (GCS) is the professional body for UK Civil Service communications professionals. Lasting 6-12 weeks, interns will get an insight in to government communications, and work across a number of communications disciplines. The internship is based in London, with some placement opportunities available in Bristol, Bootle, Edinburgh, Leeds, Nottingham, South Wales (Newport) and Wiltshire.

To apply, candidates must:
Be in their final two years at university – in a communications related subject (awarded or expected) or
Be working towards a degree equivalent qualification in a communications subject (NVQ level 6)
Be eligible to work in the UK

AND Candidates must also be from one or more of the following backgrounds:
Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME)
Socially or economically disadvantaged (based on parental occupation)
Care leaver
Registered as disabled

Graduate Internships ERASMUS+

The European Commission offers Erasmus+ funding for recent graduates to carry out graduate internships

Eligible activity
The internship must be related to your degree in some way. You will be asked to provide a supporting statement in the application for funding explaining how it is related and what the expected benefits are.

The internship must take place in an Erasmus+ programme country: ie an EU member state or Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia or Turkey. Internships in the UK are not eligible because you are studying at a UK institution.

Internships must be between two months and twelve months long.
Graduate internships must be completed within one year of the date you have been notified by Kent that you have achieved your degree and will graduate.

If you received Erasmus+ funding during your final year, e.g. for a Term Abroad, that period will be taken into account with the Graduate Internship; so if you completed a Term Abroad which lasted three months in your final year, then the Graduate internship would be a maximum of nine months.

The grant rates are set by the European Commission each year, taking into account the cost of living in the host countries. We will be notified of the grant rates for 2018-19 in due course. As an indicator, the grant rates for 2017-18 are as follows:
Country where the internship takes place

Grant amount
– Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia € 380 per month
– Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Norway, Sweden €430 per month

Contact the Erasmus Team at as early as possible. You must apply during your final year of study at Kent.

Applications cannot be considered after graduation.