EP Rewards pack 2017 is here!

The Employability Points Rewards Pack for 2017 is now available! There are lots of great opportunities that you can apply to if you’ve cashed in your Epoints. These include internships, work experience, shadowing, workshops and training sessions.

Don’t forget the deadline for students on the Employability Points Scheme to earn points is 5p.m. on the 20th March 2017. Any points logged after this date will automatically roll over to the next year.

The pack can be found on the EP web page, as well as full details about the scheme.

The School of Politics and IR have recommended the following for our students, which you may wish to take particular interest in:

  • Sevenoaks Town Council internship; focused on undertaking research for strategic projects being undertaken by the council
  • Medway Council internship; Internships in the Regeneration, Culture, Environment and Transformation (RCET) Department, specifically focused on Housing Services, Planning and Regeneration Delivery
  • Medway Council internship; Internship in Electoral Services, overseeing a project to introduce tablets for the door-to-door canvassing team. This will allow the student to project manager this initiative, whilst significantly contributing to the Electoral Register.
  • Youcan work experience; Work experience focused on the charity sector, where one student will assist with event planning, facilitating wellbeing weekends, corporate and community fundraising, social media and marketing and general administration.
  • People United work experience; The student will gain the chance to assist the charity with fundraising and assisting with events.
  • DSTL work experience;  Remote work experience placements focused on shaping the way that evidence based decision making is presented to the military by DSTL. This will involve one student acting as a military customer and another as an analyst.
  • Civil Service Fast Stream work placement; the opportunity to shadow a senior government official, meet current Fast Streamers and see first-hand the inner workings of government.
  • Shepway District Council work shadow; the chance to shadow the Kent Alumni (and previous EP Student Ambassador) Elouise Mitchell in her role as a Graduate Planner. This will provide the student with an insight into planning in the public sector.
  • Tunbridge Well Borough Council work shadow; a chance to shadow William Benson, Chief Executive. This will provide exclusive insight into high level leadership within a local council.
  • Civil Service Fast Stream company experience;  a guided tour of Whitehall led by current Civil Service Fast Streamers, including a look inside central government departments. This will include lunch and a chance to attend a Q&A Session.
  • Shepway District Council company experience; the chance to attend a Shepway Council staff training session, focused on building and exhibiting confidence.
  • Caliper skills development workshop;  a skills development session for a small group of students on ‘Launch Your Career with Confidence and Focus’ which will focus on how graduates can market themselves, optimise their innate strengths and apply key attributes to their careers. Later, all participants will receive one-toone telephone coaching exploring career options, enhancing awareness of their values and strengths, and career planning.
  • Chaucer Speakers Club skills development workshop; an interactive workshop focused on developing presentation and public speaking skills. The session will allow student to assess their speaking capability and confidence and provide key strategies to overcome challenges. The session will be interactive with tasks and will also cover fear of speaking, body language, use of notes and gestures in speaking.

EP Rewards for Students Studying Politics and International Relations

You may have seen a few months ago the announcement that the Civil Service Fast Stream are sponsoring the EP Scheme, with the chance for one student to shadow a senior government official (100 points) and for a group to undertake a guided tour of Whitehall!

Since then, the EP team have remained busy trying to get even more rewards for students within the School of Politics and International Relations. We are now delighted to confirm the following three opportunities:

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council are offering the chance for one student to shadow their Chief Executive for 2-days. This placement will allow for unprecedented insight into high-level strategic management of the council for only 100 points!

For 150 points, DSTL are providing remote work experience for two students (UK nationals only), which will help shape the way evidence-based decision making is presented to the Ministry of Defence! If you are interested in security, this is not to be missed!

And lastly, we have an amazing paid 12-week internship with Medway Council for 200 points, where one student can work in the Electoral Services team. This internship will provide a student the chance to project manage a new initiative to update the Electoral Register.

If you wish to undertake any of these rewards, please don’t forget you must have enough points by 20th March 2017. Shortly afterwards, students will have the chance to complete an application form for these rewards!

Research Internships with NatCen Social Research!

NatCen Social Research is one of the UK’s leading research organisations carrying out some of the UK’s biggest surveys and key government policy evaluations.

They have at least two intern opportunities for intelligent, enthusiastic and hardworking graduates looking to work in quantitative social research. You must have (or be studying for) a post-graduate qualification in applied social research/social science methods or have studied applied research methods as part of your undergraduate degree.

The role involves working on a wide range of research across different projects. This includes survey work such as questionnaire development, fieldwork management and data analysis. In addition, you will also helping support a large and busy research department, including tasks such as co-ordinating training and development activity, and helping with project management.

They are offering the London living wage of £9.75 per hour. These opportunities are full time (35 hours per week) and for a period of 12 weeks depending on your availability to start as soon as possible.

For full details about this opportunity, or to submit an application, please click here.

The deadline to submit your application is 29th January 2017.

Teach First Applications are still open – Secure a 2017 and 2018 Graduate job before Christmas!

You may have seen Teach First on campus, they are recruiting students for the 2017 and 2018 Leadership Development Programme (LDP). The LDP combines teacher training and a fully-funded Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) with one-to-one coaching, enabling you to develop leadership qualities you can take forward into any career – whether in education, in the City, or beyond.

Teach First  is a world-leading, unique programme and we partner with companies such as Google, Royal Navy, Accenture, PwC, Goldman Sachs and many more to build leaders for life!

Applications are open to final year students, and penultimate year students can apply early for our 2017 and 2018 cohort.

Apply now and submit an application and secure a job before Christmas!

You can watch a short video about the Teach First Leadership Development Programme here and take a look at a case study of one of the thousands of successful individuals who’ve already completed our programme.

Not only that, if you are in your penultimate year of study and have a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) related A-level you can secure a two week award winning paid internship during Easter and Summer. Find out more information here.

In your first year and need something to add to your CV? Attend a unique one day opportunity to engage with Teach First and start developing the skills and attributes needed to progress to employment after university. Apply here!


BAE Systems: Placement Programme and Summer Internships!

Fancy working for a Times Top 100 Graduate Employer?

BAE Systems are currently recruiting for their Graduate and Placement Programme, as well as offering Summer Internships where you’ll quickly be able to make an impact, developing some of the most advanced technology.

Fast Facts about BAE Systems:

  • 83,400 people are employed worldwide
  • Over 100 new inventions designed, developed, tested and produced every year
  • Annual sales in excess of £22.4 billion
  • Annual research & development spend in excess of £1.2 billion

Don’t miss this opportunity! Apply now by clicking below:

BAE Graduate and Undergraduate opportunities

Find your career mentor on KEW-NET!

Are you interested in a particular career path, such as Public Affairs, Campaigning, Lobbying, but you are unsure how to get relevant experience in the sector? Or would you like to know what the necessary steps are to take, in order to achieve your career goal?

KEW-NET is an online mentoring service, set up by the Careers and Employability Service. This online mentoring network allows you to connect with students and graduates who are ready to share their experience and knowledge. From discussing job applications, CV’s, to finding work placement and internship opportunities, KEW-NET is a fantastic tool to network and receive career support from a mentor.

How does it work? KEW-NET is simple to set up, taking less than 10 minutes! All you need to do is register here: https://secure2.aluminati.net/kent.aluminate.net/ and once approved, you can log in and create your personal profile. TIP! If you already have a LinkedIN account, you can merge this with your KEW-NET profile to save time.

You can then search for relevant mentors using the filter system. You can search by graduation year, subject, services they offer or even ‘key words’ such as NGO’s or security. When you click on a mentor you can view their profile which details their experience, career, what they can offer and how many mentors they can take on. You can also see if they have previously mentored a student, and you can contact the student first to see what their experience was like, if you wish. If you find someone you think could be a suitable match, either message them first or send them a mentoring request. KEW-NET has it’s own message facility, so you can contact them directly through your account.

So why use it? KEW-NET is a valuable tool to network, making new business connections with people in the industry. Not only can you receive guidance and support, work/internship opportunities may arise through your mentors – so you never know where it may lead!

If you have experience in a particular area you can even sign up to be a mentor yourself!

With over 89 connections in Politics and IR already on KEW-NET, make sure you sign up and get networking!

Want to brush up on your networking skills?
Come along to the ‘Networking Know-How: Introduction to productive networking and business relationships’ workshop – Wednesday 26th October from 4pm – 5.30pm in Darwin Peter Brown room.

You can then put your skills to the test at the:

‘University Networking and Mentoring event: Find your perfect match!’ where you can network with alumni and find a potential mentor! – Wedesnday 26th October from 6pm – 8pm in Woolf Lecture Theatre.

Exclusive Kent Union Strategy Review Internships!

We are pleased to announce Kent Union are recruiting for two Strategy Interns (Qualitative and Quantitative) which are PAID, ring-fenced opportunities for Politics and IR students!

Kent Union’s strategic plan runs out in July 2017; our new plan will run from 1st August 2017 – 31st July 2020. We therefore need to consult with our many and diverse stakeholders to inform the development of our new plan. Most important of these stakeholders are our members, the student body at Kent.

The purpose of this project is to plan for, deliver and analyse primary research to understand Kent students’ expectations of their students’ union and how they want us to support and represent them.

For the Qualitative Intern post: The post-holder will be responsible for delivering a research to inform the development of our new strategy, by identifying key themes and areas for us to focus on across the next three years. The research should include the use of qualitative methods (focus groups, depth interviews) to gain perspectives of particular cohorts of students including; those that study part-time, PG students, commuting students and those that study at Medway. The post-holder will also be responsible for delivering a number of focus groups with FE and sixth form students to understand their hopes for university life and what they expect from their students’ union.

For the Quantitative Intern post: The post-holder will be responsible for delivering a research to inform the development of our new strategy, by identifying key themes and areas for us to focus on across the next three years. The research must include a large scale quantitative survey, representative of the student body, segmented to identify trends within each cohort. The research should also include desk based research, looking at the strategic approach of other unions and making recommendations for Kent.

Once all the research has been completed, it must be analysed and developed into a final report and presentation to the strategy review project team. This presentation should be delivered by mid-November, meaning all the primary research must be finished by the end of October.

Closing date for both internships is the 2nd October.

If you would like to apply for either internships, please complete the application form found on the following link: https://www.kentunion.co.uk/careers/student-positions/ 

Find your next job through the vacancy database!

The Careers and Employability Service works with students throughout their time at University to help them make decisions affecting their future career, to find opportunities for employment or further study and to apply for these opportunities.

Vacancies advertised include graduate jobs, sandwich placements and vacation work/internships, which are entered on the Vacancy database which offers:

  • Continuous updating of vacancies
  • A personalised search facility
  • Email alerts of new vacancies which may interest you

Employers notifying vacancies are often specifically targeting Kent graduates, so competition for jobs is lower than on other vacancy sites.

If you register, you will be able to:

  • Create and save job searches on any of the above criteria
  • Be alerted by email of new vacancies matching your saved job searches
  • Search the careers events calendar and maintain your careers diary


Four summer internships available with the Development Office!

There are a number of paid summer internship roles for UoK students, being advertised by the Development Office. The Development Office is a dynamic, innovative and friendly team, responsible for the University’s corporate fundraising campaigns, alumni engagement, managing alumni and fundraising data and delivering corporate events, including the degree ceremonies; in addition the teams liaise with academic departments to support decentralised activities in this area.

They offer a fantastic opportunity to gain experience in communications, events, fundraising and research. The following internships are available to apply to:

These roles have been extended to close on Monday 23rd at 12noon.

More info here https://www.kent.ac.uk/ces/student/work-study.html

British Council: Students for Social Impact international exchange programme

Students for Social Impact is an international exchange programme for students with an idea for a social venture that will address a local problem or global challenge. University students from Canada and the UK contribute to life-changing social enterprises, gain valuable overseas experience, and connect with other young leaders of the future.

You will gain real-world experience in a social enterprise overseas in Canada or the UK. You will be allocated a mentor who will support you to learn about the sector and develop your social venture. You will have the opportunity to connect with other talented students taking part in the programme, both in-person and on-line, throughout your placement.

The Students for Social Impact placements are for students who:

  • are British or Canadian permanent residents or citizens (for Northern Ireland domiciled only, holding a British or Irish passport)
  • are currently enrolled at a UK or Canadian university or college
  • have completed at least one year of their degree by June 2016, and are returning to the degree in September 2016
  • are 18 years of age or older by 11 June 2016
  • are able to live abroad (in the UK or Canada) for the duration of the programme
  • have sufficient English fluency.

The programme will take place from around 13 June – 26 August 2016.

This link can give more information: http://www.britishcouncil.ca/programmes/education/students-social-impact

Closing date for applications is 17th April!