Why to apply to do an internship?

Whether you are in your first or final year of your degree, it is never too early or too late to start thinking about your future career. But what if you are not sure where you would like your degree to take you? Or maybe you have an idea, but you would like to gain experience in the sector, before committing to a job. An internship is the ideal opportunity to combat both. In fact, there are plenty of reasons why an internship is the perfect choice for the unsure student or graduate…

  1. You’ll find out whether the job is right for you
    Completing an internship is a great opportunity to ‘test drive’ a potential career without fully committing to a permanent job. An internship allows you to affirm or discount a certain job or career sector, helping you to narrow down your options.
  2. You’ll develop your skills and add experience to your CV
    Either way, if you decide the role is or isn’t for you, you have gained valuable experience and you have developed key transferrable skills. Employers looking to hire a graduate won’t expect you to have huge amounts of industry-specific knowledge, but they are on the lookout for certain key soft skills – like being a team-player, good communicator, leader, and problem-solver.
  1. Increase your professional network
    An internship gives you the opportunity to increase your contacts, expand your professional branding, and if you have performed well, strong references for a future employer.
  2. You’ll discover the type of work environment which is best for you
    Would you prefer to work within a large company or an SME, working as part of a team or alone, and whether you like being allowed more independence over your work or are more comfortable working closely with your manager. Finding out which work culture is better suited to you can help when deciding the type of career you would like to go into.
  3. You may find your future employer
    Undertaking an internship can open many doors to your future employment. Particularly if you are a graduate doing an internship scheme, these opportunities may lead to a permanent role – so take every opportunity you can!

Earn work experience with Employability Points!!

The Empolyability Points Scheme is unique to the University of Kent and aims to enhance students’ employability in a simple and engaging way.

You can claim ‘Employability Points’ for taking part in extra-curricular activities (many of which students are already taking part in!) such as societies, part-time work and volunteering. These points can be cashed in later in the year for ‘prizes’ which include paid internships, project placements, work experience, training, vouchers and a lot more, all offered by businesses and organisations.

In 2015-16, over 130 organisations were associated with the scheme and 617 rewards were offered by Kent County Council, Southeastern, Shepherd Neame and Medway Council, to name a few!

One student from School of Politics and International Relations, Clara Lee, had the chance to undertake a project placement with start-up business Convert Energy.

Convert Energy is a renewable energy design and project management company. Their Director, David Browne, informed the EP team that they lacked social media skills in the organisation and felt they could gain a lot of value from a student. Clara was recruited through the EP Scheme and given the chance to review their social media strategy.

Clara commented: “The EP Scheme has given me opportunity to broaden my experience in social media and the scheme is a great opportunity for securing work experience.”

Studies suggest that on average 83 graduates are applying for every graduate role and a degree no longer guarantees a job. In this sort of competitive atmosphere, it is vital that students find a way to make their application stands out from the crowd.

Through engaging with the scheme, you are not only enhancing ‘soft’ skills sought after by employers, but you can be awarded with exclusive work placement opportunities and rewarding experiences.

So what are you waiting for? Get involved with the EP scheme here and get rewarded!

Web: www.kent.ac.uk/employabilitypoints

Email: Employabilitypoints@kent.ac.uk

Twitter:  @empoints

Facebook: Employability Points

Get involved with Enactus Kent!

Would you like to work with an international non-profit organisation, with a focus on  student led projects? Are you interested in gaining events, marketing or recruitment experience? Then Enactus Kent could be the ideal way to gain this experience! Sharad Kiswani, Operations Vice-President of Enactus Kent, introduces the organisation below and the types of projects they are involved in.

Hello everyone!

Enactus Kent is a student led organisation, where students are encouraged to create their own projects following the Enactus criterion using “entrepreneurial action to empower people to improve their livelihoods in an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable way.” Enactus is an international non-profit organisation aimed at university students by business and higher-educational leaders, in order to make a difference in the community while developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders.

Currently, Enactus has are over 70 000 students, spread across 36 countries, working on nearly 5000 projects each year. That’s over 5 million volunteer hours, impacting the lives of nearly 2 million people.

Enactus

At Enactus Kent, we see opportunity to rethink and redevelop. Bringing students, academic leaders and businesses together, in order to shape a bigger, brighter and a sustainable future. So whether you are into design, economics, law, science, engineering, psychology, we believe that there is an entrepreneur spirit in all of us, ready to take action. While working with multinationals including Amazon, Ford, KPMG, Tesco, Santander and many more, we take this opportunity to make a difference in the world.

As of now, we have endeavoured to dispel isolation among the elderly community in Peru through our honey and soap enterprise through our international venture Project Cantuta. We also work to empower the homeless in Canterbury by training them to serve as tour guides through our local project, MyStreets. Further, we plan to be working towards empowering women in India by establishing a female taxi initiative through our new enterprise, Project Badlaav.

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Be a part of our wonderful projects or start our very own with a basic idea! If you’re interested to work in our internal team, you can get involved in various channels including our events, marketing and recruitment teams. For more information regarding our events or the application process, please contact: recruitment@enactuskent.com or visit www.enactuskent.org

Find us on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/enactuskent

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/enactus_kent/

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/enactuskent

Snapchat: https://cl.ly/3b37103T2R2D

Undergraduate Data Collection Intern for WomanStats Project – Apply now!

UNDERGRADUATE PAID INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY:

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 (numerical and laws/policies) 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.

This is a paid internship for up to 8 hours per week, at £7.68/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 and Spring terms and will run for approximately 21 weeks.

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 12pm on Friday 14th October.

Interviews for successful candidates will be held on Tuesday 18th October and Wednesday 19th October and all applications will be acknowledged, with feedback available on request. For further information, please email Claire Tanner on the email address above.

Full details can be found here: womanstats-intern-advert-2016

Students develop new app to aid refugees seeking asylum

eLog is the name of a new innovative app, designed by Cesare Dunker and Rayyan Sorefan. The app can help immigration departments distinguish between genuine and fraudulent asylum claims.

Cesare, a Politics and International Relations student, and Rayyan a Law student, won Kent’s Big Ideas Competition, which gave them the opportunity to compete in an international entrepreneurship competition at Virginia Tech, USA, where their idea won a $5,000 top prize.

Presenting eLog

 

The app tracks an asylum seekers migration using geo-tagging, time mapping, and photo recognition. This enables asylum seekers to build their own comprehensive asylum case, helping immigration departments process genuine asylum cases faster, and detect fraudulent cases.

The idea was born after Cesare had witnessed the Refugee Crisis first hand while travelling through Europe in 2015, and then reading an Independent article titled: ‘Surprised that Syrian refugees have smartphones? Sorry to break this to you, but you are an idiot’. Cesare realised that the phones refugees were carrying could be used to allow for a new form of technological humanitarian aid.

Google Maps navigates asylum seekers through Europe, and translation apps help overcoming language barriers in different European countries. Asylum seekers are clearly using smartphone technology to get to and through Europe, so why not use it to gather documentation in order to apply for asylum?

Winning the $5,000 top prize secured a first investment, and eLog will continue the development of what they call ‘technological humanitarian aid’ at the University of Kent’s HIVE facility (Hub for Innovation and Enterprise).

For details about HIVE please visit https://www.kent.ac.uk/enterprise/hive/ 

Student Rep Elections are now open!

Are you interested in representing the view of students on your course and putting a stamp on your education? If so, then the role of Student Rep is for you! Student Reps are elected at a course, school and faculty level for both undergraduates and postgraduates to represent the views of all students and to work with the university to improve the experience of education and learning at Kent.

Nominations are now open until Tuesday 4th October at 4pm. To nominate yourself, just head on over to the Kent Union website at www.kentunion.co.uk/elections and upload a short manifesto about why you’re right for the role and what you hope to achieve. Voting will take place from Tuesday 4th October at 7pm to Thursday 6th October at 4pm.

Also on the Kent Union website at www.kentunion.co.uk/representation/reps you will find the Student Rep handbook which will tell you more about the role. Full training will be provided at the Student Rep Conference on Wednesday 12th October.

If you have any questions, please e-mail representation@kent.ac.uk

Want try your hands at being an entrepreneur? … Have a go at the £10 Challenge!

Have you ever watched ‘The Apprentice’ – think you can do better?
Then why not have a go in the £10 Challenge? Make as much money as you can from £10!

The £10 Challenge Competition is for University of Kent students who want to get a taste of what it’s like to be an entrepreneur. You can buy cheap and sell higher, you can create or make and sell, you can invest and you can run events! Your ideas must be honest, legal and ethical. Over a period of four weeks you will have the opportunity to gain valuable enterprise skills and take part in workshops to help you along the way.

You can enter individually or work in teams. You will receive £10 for every student in a team, so if your team has 4 students you will receive £40 investment. The judges will be looking at how much profit you make and how you go about making it.

Registration for the £10 Challenge 2016 will open on the 21st September and will close on the 30th September. For any questions or to register your interest please email hive@kent.ac.uk.

Further details can be found here: https://www.kent.ac.uk/enterprise/hive/tenpound.html 

£10 Challenge

Funded international opportunities for Kent graduates

Fully Funded 8 week program commencing October 20th 2016 … Apply by 20th August 2016!

The world’s leading provider of internships in China, CRCC Asia, are excited to announce a new allocation of British Council Generation UK -China funding for an 8 Week study and internship course in Shanghai.  If you want to gain international experience, and make yourself more competitive in today’s job market by gaining valuable transferable and industry specific skills, please read on….

The Gen UK Autumn Language and Internship Programme consists of three weeks at a prestigious Chinese university studying language and culture (suitable for total beginners).  You will then spend five weeks interning at a company in Shanghai related to your field of study or desired industry.

This program includes accommodation, social and cultural events, and 24 hour support, and you will be part of a group of participants all taking part in the same program.  You will also get to meet participants in the CRCC Asia program from different regions.

All of the above will be fully funded for a limited number of eligible candidates.You will only be responsible for the costs of your flight (currently as low as £400), and living costs (can be as low as £50 a week).

Eligibility requirements:

  • Aged 18 years and above
  • Currently enrolled full-time at an English university or have graduated from an English university within the past year
  • A UK citizen (must hold a British passport, or Irish passport for Northern Irish domiciled only)
  • In receipt of or have received a Maintenance Grant from Student Finance during their university career
  • Not in receipt of any other Generation UK – China funding

If you wish to discuss the program before applying, please don’t hesitate to call our London office on (+44) 0207 377 8457 or email London@crccasia.com

If you are eligible and keen to take up this opportunity, then follow this link to apply http://www.crccasia.com/resources/generation-uk-internship-programme/

 

CES Don’t panic! Bitesize sessions this term!

The Careers and Employability Service are running a series of employability Bitesize sessions this term, which all students can attend. These sessions are aimed to help you with applying for jobs, updating your CV and how to have a productive summer!

All the sessions are 30 minutes long, and booking is required due to limited spaces.

CVs and Covering letters – 13/05/2016
Don’t panic! There is still time for you to get help to find your dream job!
This 30 minute session will cover all the do’s and don’ts when it comes to creating a great CV and Cover Letter.

To book: https://careers.kent.ac.uk/leap/event.html?id=788&service=Careers+Service 

Identify your skills – 18/05/2016
Don’t panic! There is still time for you to get help to get the job you really want!
Come along to this 30 minute session and learn how to identify the skills you have that an employer will want, plus any gaps in your skills you may need to fill. Essential in creating a top quality CV and preparing for interviews.

To book: https://careers.kent.ac.uk/leap/event.html?id=790&service=Careers+Service 

Commercial Awareness – 27/05/2016
“Don’t panic! There is still time for you to get help to get the job you really want!
Commercial awareness. What is it? Why is it important to potential employers? Come along to this 30 minute session and learn why demonstrating commercial awareness is crucial in securing graduate positions.”

To book: https://careers.kent.ac.uk/leap/event.html?id=792&service=Careers+Service 

Competency and Strength based interviews – 31/05/2016
“Don’t panic! There is still time to get help to find your dream job!
Learn the difference between competency and strength based interviews and get tips on how to ace them in just 30 minutes”

To book: https://careers.kent.ac.uk/leap/event.html?id=794&service=Careers+Service 

Assessment Centres – 07/06/2016
“Don’t Panic! There is still time to get help to find the job you really want!
Assessment Centres are used by the majority of graduate employers as part of their recruitment process. Why? Because they offer a potential employer insight on how you would actually perform if you got the job! In 30 minutes we will give you lots of top tips to ace assessment centres.”

To book: https://careers.kent.ac.uk/leap/event.html?id=796&service=Careers+Service

Using your summer wisely – 15/06/2016
“Don’t Panic! The summer vacation is a chance to relax and unwind, but with three months off from University it is also a great opportunity to build up your CV and add to your work skills. Come and find out what you can do this summer to boost your graduate employment potential in just 30 minutes.”

To book: https://careers.kent.ac.uk/leap/event.html?id=798&service=Careers+Service

 

 

Win Work Experience! Enter the CV Competition

The CV competition offers the chance to win work experience with one of thirteen organisations offering a range of work experiences. From lab work to conservation there is a placement to suit almost everyone. Submit your application now as the competition closes in less than 1 weeks’ time.

To be in with a chance of winning simply submit your CV and the short application form available on the competition webpage

The winning students from last year really benefitted from their placements

“My placement at the Royal Engineers Museum was a great opportunity that gave me experience of putting my skills as a History student to good use in a professional working environment.” (Owen Watton Bishop)  

“Winning the CV competition was empowering for me and even better was the experience I gained working at Extra Digital, a digital agency in Canterbury. While there, I improved the skills that l had acquired at University, increased my network base and gained a proper understanding of what the work environment requires.” (Dara Olayebi)

My work experience at Santander was great! I learnt a lot about the day to day running of the store and enjoyed meeting new people in a banking environment. Not only did this give me something great to put on my CV, it has also lead to Santander offering me more opportunities to gain experience. I entered the CV competition to have feedback on my CV, and I came out with a great opportunity and valuable work experience. (Josh Bond)

Opportunities on offer this year include:

AbBaltis– offering lab and administration roles in expanding biotech company

Ashford Teaching Alliance– Opportunity to observe an experienced teacher in a secondary school environment

Beach Creative– Field research position into public opinion of arts

Canterbury Cathedral– helping with the needs of researchers in the Library and Archives Department

Page Suite– Service Technician roles assisting the support team

Romney Marsh Wools– Cataloguing and enhancing the Museums database

Royal Engineers Museum- Cataloguing and enhancing the Museum’s database

Santander Universities- Behind the scenes look at university bank branch. Shadowing branch manager

Simply Ice Cream– Market research looking at brand extension

SysMech– Software developer role

The Challenge– Experience in the staffing department and recruiting for the National Citizens Service

Turning Point– Shadowing various service user sessions and community drug and alcohol treatment service

Wildwood Trust– hands on experience working on our successful water vole captive breeding programme