Paid Internship Opportunity with the WomanStats Project

DATA COLLECTION INTERN FOR WOMANSTATS PROJECT IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE KENT Q-STEP CENTRE

The School of Politics and International Relations is delighted to offer an internship opportunity within the School assisting Dr Andrea Den Boer in her role as Co-PI of the WomanStats Project:

WomanStats (http://www.womanstats.org/) is the largest database (with 350 variables for 175 countries) on the situation of women worldwide. One of the primary goals of WomanStats is to develop innovative indices and measures to describe the situation and status of women, which will allow for empirical analysis, assessment, monitoring, and evaluation activities.

The successful intern will collect cross-national data (laws/policies and their implementation) regarding violence against women, under the direction of Dr den Boer. The candidate must have good internet search skills and be able to use an excel spreadsheet. The successful intern will ideally be an undergraduate student in the School of Politics and International Relations (or the Faculty of Social Sciences). They will also have an understanding and interest in gender issues in society and politics, although this is desired rather than essential.

The ‘WomanStats’ data Collection Intern will:

  • Gather data from surveys, state legislation, policy websites, NGOs, academic research and other sources
  • Create and maintain datasets
  • Assist with descriptive analysis of data
  • Work as part of a team to code qualitative data
  • Meet with Dr. den Boer on a weekly basis to discuss challenges and findings and work together on coding

The ‘WomanStats’ Intern should:

  • Be an undergraduate student at the University of Kent in Politics and International Relations, SSPSSR, KBS, or KLS (i.e. Schools associated with the Q-Step Centre)
  • Be able to work over the Autumn and Spring terms during term time
  • Have a strong academic and attendance record—preference will be given to students with a grade average of 60% and above
  • Have experience/skills in using Microsoft Excel or similar packages
  • Be detail oriented (e.g. able to follow guidelines in constructing bibliographies according to correct rules)
  • Have the ability to work independently and meet deadlines
  • Have experience of analysing research (desirable)
  • Have an understanding of gender in politics and society (desirable)

This is a paid internship for up to 8 hours per week, at £8.08/hour. Hours to be agreed between the successful applicant and the Project Lead – work will be undertaken on campus and remotely. This internship is spread across Autumn, Spring and Summer terms and will run for approximately 20 weeks.

To apply:

Interested students should apply by email, sending a CV and covering letter outlining their suitability and how they meet the above criteria to Claire Tanner – C.Tanner@kent.ac.uk.  The deadline for all applications is 5pm on Wednesday 22nd November.

Exclusive! IRI Volunteering Opportunity – advancing democracy worldwide

The International Republican Institute’s Brussels office is delighted to offer a volunteering opportunity within its Beacon Project:

The Beacon Project seeks to build on IRI’s 35 years of experience in supporting democracy across the globe, by addressing gaps in democratic governance exploited by domestic and foreign hostile powers through disinformation and propaganda. With its >versus< media monitoring tool, national polling and regular political and civil society round tables, the Beacon Project works with partners from across the transatlantic area and wider Europe to mitigate the impact of disinformation through open dialogue and data-driven approaches.

The selected volunteer will work together with Beacon’s analysts and expert partners to capture and analyse disinformation narratives in Central-Eastern Europe, namely, in the Visegrad Countries, the Baltics and the Balkans. Although training in the use of the >versus< media monitoring tool will be provided, basic quantitative data-gathering and data-analytical skills are required. As minor administrative tasks might also be required, excellent communications skills, and grasp of Microsoft Office programmes (in particular, Excel) are highly desirable.

Interested students should apply, with a CV and cover letter, to C.Tanner@kent.ac.uk. The deadline for applications is Friday 24th November at 5pm. Further details are below;

The successful volunteer would be expected to:

  • Under-go relevant training on using the Beacon Project’s >versus< tool
  • Gather data using the >versus< tool across time and multiple media outlets
  • Analyse the data output and, where appropriate, link to Beacon Project polling results
  • Regularly communicate with the Beacon team of analysts and experts to discuss findings
  • Under-take minor administrative tasks when attending Beacon Project’s roundtables
  • Edit texts and analyses prepared with Beacon Project regional local monitors
  • Provide administrative support for Beacon Project’s meetings and round tables
  • Provide administrative support to the project’s daily operation

A prospective volunteer should should:

  • Be in the final year of his/her undergraduate studies or a Master’s student in the School of Politics and IR
  • Be unafraid to take a research project from concept to realisation
  • Be able to work independently, meet deadlines and communicate regularly with our team
  • Have good communication skills
  • Have a strong academic record and, preferably, good knowledge of both quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Have experience in using Microsoft Office programmes, in particular, Excel
  • Have interest in media, democracy and or the area of disinformation and propaganda, and curiosity about the politics of Central-Eastern Europe
  • Knowledge of one or more Central-Eastern European languages is an advantage, but not a necessity

This is a voluntary position for up to 10 hours per week. Work will be undertaken remotely from Canterbury, and tasks will be discussed through regular weekly skype calls. The volunteer is expected to visit the Brussels office of IRI for a two-day orientation and training, and to attend two of its roundtables. Where possible, it would be envisaged to give the volunteer an opportunity to present his final research output to political and civil society leaders during the roundtables. Travel and all expenses will be covered for this position by IRI and the School of Politics and International Relations.

The voluntary position is envisaged for a period of 6 months, starting in January 2018.

 

 

 

 

Research Centre Internship Opportunity: Centre for Critical Thought

The School of Politics and IR is pleased to announce a vacancy for a student internship within the Centre for Critical Thought. The Centre for Critical Thought (CCT) aims to consolidate, sustain and develop cutting-edge research on critically-oriented theory within the humanities and social sciences. Research within the CCT focuses on the nature and scope of critical thought from an intrinsically interdisciplinary perspective.

School Research Centre internships are a new initiative to support the development of student skills and employability, as well as helping to build capacity within and raise the profile of the School’s Research Centres. The internships are funded by the School and are available exclusively to SPIR students.

The successful student intern will:

  • Support the administrative and other work of the Research Centre, under the guidance of the Centre’s Director and other staff
  • Develop or work on a Research Centre blog, writing and commissioning content of interest to students, staff and other stakeholders and raising the profile of the Centre
  • Use social media (including Twitter and Facebook) to promote the work of the Centre and to raise its profile, and work within the School to engage students in the Centre’s work
  • Support the running of Centre events, and propose events and activities to further promote the Centre’s work particularly on campus and amongst students
  • Support individual researchers within the Centre on research projects and activities where such work is available
  • Undertake any other duties to support the work of the School of Politics and IR, including employability and recruitment / marketing tasks

The successful student intern should:

  • Be an undergraduate or postgraduate student from the School of Politics and IR, at Stage 2 or above (including Bi-Diplôme and Joint Honours students)
  • Have a strong academic and attendance record. Priority will be given to students with a grade average of a 2:1 (60%) or above, and an attendance average of 70% or above
  • Be able to demonstrate an interest in the area of the research centre, either through module choice / academic record or extra-curricular activities
  • Be able to work independently on given tasks, and to show initiative and creativity
  • Have experience of using social media and writing blog articles or other online content

Applications

This is a paid internship (six hours per week at £7.68/hour) and will last until February 2018 initially, with the possibility of an extension to the end of the academic year. Students should be available to commit six hours per week on average including during some vacations.

Interested students should apply by emailing a CV and cover letter to Ellie Hayes (E.Hayes@kent.ac.uk) by 12pm on Wednesday 25th October. Interviews are likely to be held in the week commencing 30th October and all applications will be acknowledged. The University’s Careers and Employability Service can provide CV and cover letter advice (www.kent.ac.uk/ces)

 

Research Centre Internship Opportunity: Global Europe Centre (GEC

The School of Politics and IR is pleased to announce a vacancy for a student internship within its Global Europe Centre. The Global Europe Centre (GEC) is a research centre focusing on Europe, its member states, and its place in a changing world. It brings together leading international academics from politics and international relations, economics, law, business, and European culture in order to explore the contemporary policy challenges to Europe and its nation states.

School Research Centre internships are a new initiative to support the development of student skills and employability, as well as helping to build capacity within and raise the profile of the School’s Research Centres. The internships are funded by the School and are available exclusively to SPIR students.

The successful student intern will:

  • Support the administrative and other work of the Research Centre, under the guidance of the Centre’s Director and other staff
  • Develop or work on a Research Centre blog, writing and commissioning content of interest to students, staff and other stakeholders and raising the profile of the Centre
  • Use social media (including Twitter and Facebook) to promote the work of the Centre and to raise its profile, and work within the School to engage students in the Centre’s work
  • Support the running of Centre events, and propose events and activities to further promote the Centre’s work particularly on campus and amongst students
  • Support individual researchers within the Centre on research projects and activities where such work is available
  • Undertake any other duties to support the work of the School of Politics and IR, including employability and recruitment / marketing tasks

The successful student intern should:

  • Be an undergraduate or postgraduate student from the School of Politics and IR, at Stage 2 or above (including Bi-Diplôme and Joint Honours students)
  • Have a strong academic and attendance record. Priority will be given to students with a grade average of a 2:1 (60%) or above, and an attendance average of 70% or above
  • Be able to demonstrate an interest in the area of the research centre, either through module choice / academic record or extra-curricular activities
  • Be able to work independently on given tasks, and to show initiative and creativity
  • Have experience of using social media and writing blog articles or other online content

Applications

This is a paid internship (six hours per week at £7.68/hour) and will last until February 2018 initially, with the possibility of an extension to the end of the academic year. Students should be available to commit six hours per week on average including during some vacations.

Interested students should apply by emailing a CV and cover letter to Ellie Hayes (E.Hayes@kent.ac.uk) by 12pm on Wednesday 11th October. Interviews are likely to be held on Tuesday 17th October and all applications will be acknowledged. The University’s Careers and Employability Service can provide CV and cover letter advice (www.kent.ac.uk/ces)

Research Centre Internship Opportunity: Conflict Analysis and Research Centre (CARC)

The School of Politics and IR is pleased to announce a vacancy for a student internship within its Conflict Analysis Research Centre. The Conflict Analysis Research Centre (CARC) is a multi-disciplinary research centre and centre of excellence in the study of political conflict, developing original theory and analysis and supporting creative approaches to the management and transformation of violent conflict.

School Research Centre internships are a new initiative to support the development of student skills and employability, as well as helping to build capacity within and raise the profile of the School’s Research Centres. The internships are funded by the School and are available exclusively to SPIR students.

The successful student intern will:

  • Support the administrative and other work of the Research Centre, under the guidance of the Centre’s Director and other staff
  • Develop or work on a Research Centre blog, writing and commissioning content of interest to students, staff and other stakeholders and raising the profile of the Centre
  • Use social media (including Twitter and Facebook) to promote the work of the Centre and to raise its profile, and work within the School to engage students in the Centre’s work
  • Support the running of Centre events, and propose events and activities to further promote the Centre’s work particularly on campus and amongst students
  • Support individual researchers within the Centre on research projects and activities where such work is available
  • Undertake any other duties to support the work of the School of Politics and IR, including employability and recruitment / marketing tasks

The successful student intern should:

  • Be an undergraduate or postgraduate student from the School of Politics and IR, at Stage 2 or above (including Bi-Diplôme and Joint Honours students)
  • Have a strong academic and attendance record. Priority will be given to students with a grade average of a 2:1 (60%) or above, and an attendance average of 70% or above
  • Be able to demonstrate an interest in the area of the research centre, either through module choice / academic record or extra-curricular activities
  • Be able to work independently on given tasks, and to show initiative and creativity
  • Have experience of using social media and writing blog articles or other online content

Applications

This is a paid internship (six hours per week at £7.68/hour) and will last until February 2018 initially, with the possibility of an extension until the end of the academic year. Students should be available to commit six hours per week on average including during some vacation periods.

Interested students should apply by emailing a CV and cover letter to Ellie Hayes (E.Hayes@kent.ac.uk) by 12pm on Monday 2nd October 2017. Interviews are likely to be held on Friday 6th October and all applications will be acknowledged. The University’s Careers and Employability Service can provide CV and cover letter advice (www.kent.ac.uk/ces)

Constituency Assistant roles with Labour Party – apply now!

There is an exciting opportunity to assist a new MP set up their office and to keep on top of constituency business! 

Full details of this opportunity can be found on the Jobshop website: https://www.kentunion.co.uk/employability/jobshop/vacancy/2085/ 

Duties to include

  • Dealing with standard queries from members of the public
  • Draft responses to constituents
  • Establish a social media presence in the constituency and public surgeries
  • Gathering relevant information to assist with resolving cases
  • Log all cases; monitor progress and ensure all identified actions are taken
  • Attend surgeries and other meetings as appropriate
  • Manage and progress a portfolio of casework appropriately
  • Retain records and information confidentially and in line with the Data Protection Act

Person Specification

Ability to assess and research issues, write good letters and reports.

Social media skills including facebook, twitter and other media.

Personal skills of empathy, understanding complex issues and ability to listen

Organisational skills, good timekeeping and record keeping

Keep records and information confidentially and in line with data protection regulations

Further details

Salary: £19,641 pro rata

Hours: Hours and Days of Work Part time based on 37 hour week (Mon to Fri)

Interview Date : Wednesday 28th June Canterbury

Please send CV to pat.edwards11@btinternet.com

 

Free journalism course with Study Plus!

Study Plus and the Centre for Journalism at Medway are running a free journalism course from 12-16 June. If you’ve ever thought of a career in journalism, this is your chance to find out if it’s for you.

The course offers an intensive immersion in the basic principles and practices of journalism in the multimedia age. During five days of teaching, you will learn what professional journalists do and how they do it. You will experience the pressure and pleasure of making real journalism to real deadlines under professional leadership.

The course is taught at the Centre for Journalism on the Medway campus, but is open to all Kent students. You can catch the free shuttle bus from Canterbury campus to Medway (you need to book this online): https://www.kent.ac.uk/campus-shuttle/

For more information on the course, please see the Study Plus website: https://www.kent.ac.uk/studyplus/courses/coursesSkillsEmploy.html

To sign up, go to SDS>Workshops> Study Plus and choose KE044: Journalism

Sevenoaks Town Council internship!

Sevenoaks Town Council also has ambitious plans for new projects including bus services, £3m new conference and community centre and taking over a railway station building.

The Town Council wants to research the economic and social impact of its projects on the local community. The internship will include the opportunity to conduct research and present results.

The internship will last between 8-12 weeks during the summer period, and it will be based at the Sevenoaks Town Council Offices, Bradbourne Vale Road, Sevenoaks. The intern will need to be able to travel to Sevenoaks for the duration of the internship. This is a paid opportunity of £8.25 per hour.

Please complete the attached Sevenoaks application form and submit your completed application to Linda Larter, Chief Executive by 9th June 2017. Email: townclerk@sevenoakstown.gov.uk

Kent-Teach Twitter chat ‘Why become a Teacher’

Kent-Teach Twitter Chat “Why Become a Teacher”
Wednesday 31st May at midday  

Are you interested in teaching? Are you looking to study a PGCE? Join Kent-Teach Twitter Chat on Wednesday 31st May which will give you the opportunity to ask a panel of teachers, Headteachers and HR Professionals to answer your queries and give you as much information as possible about teaching.

To participate all you need is a Twitter account, here’s how to join:

1) Sign in to Twitter

2) Follow @KentSchoolJobs (if you haven’t followed us already)

3) Tweet your question and ensure you include #KTChat

4) Feel free to follow and reply to posts during the chat by simply selecting “Reply” to the comment you wish to reply to followed by your tweet.

You can start sending us your questions so they can be answered during the session. Please email your questions to Rebecca.Taylor@kent.gov.uk.

Full details can be found here