The Career in International Affairs Forum is an event dedicated to Careers in International Affairs.  Taking place annually in London, you will hear from leading experts and institutions, delegates can also receive careers advice and identify alternative career pathways.

Careers in International Affairs are highly desired, and it is no secret that the competition is fierce. That is not to say it is not worthwhile to pursue this career path; if anything, this warning should motivate students and professionals alike to start thinking at the earliest possible stage about entering the world of global affairs.

Register your place at this year’s Career in International Affairs Forum online. Places are limited, so make sure you book ahead to secure your place.


  • Career Foreign Service
  • Career in the Parliament
  • Career in Education Sector
  • Career in Diplomatic Service
  • Career in International Organisations
  • Career in Think Tanks
  • Career in UN Agencies
  • Career in Humanitarian Sector


Leading international organisations will be presenting key insights and tips on the best career routes from University onwards. You will have the chance to speak to those responsible for recruiting and head hunting the right candidates for their organisations.


The Forum is open to anyone who is interested in a career in international affairs.


08:45- 9:15 Registration
09:15- 10:00 Career in British Foreign Service – Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Richard Everingham, Lead on the Fast Stream Recruitment,
10:00- 11:00 Career in International Organisations – World Bank: Claire Willman, International Affairs Associate – United Nations Population Fund: Matthew Jackson, Director of the UK Office
10:40- 11:00 Break
11:20 – 12:20 Career in Think Tanks – Chatham House: Lisa O’Daly, Director of Human Resources, – Royal United Services Institute: Oliver Kraft, Research Fellow
12:20- 13:00 Career in Education – British Council: Bethan Dinning, Project Manager
13:00- 14:00 Lunch Break 14:00- 15:00 Career in humanitarian Sector and a UN Agency – International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC): Sophie Da Silva, Recruiter & HR Marketing Officer – International Maritime Organisation (TBC)
15:00-15:45 Career in International Affairs, Private Sector – Jonathan Paris, Senior Adviser, Chertoff Group – Richard Griffitts, Senior Adviser, Dentons
15:45 – 16:00 Break
16:00 – 17:00 Career in the United Nations – United Nations : Eva Jansen, Human Resources Officer
17:00 Closing Notes: Career in Diplomacy
17:30- Departure

Date: 20th March 2017
Venue: UCL Institute of Child Health, 30 Guilford Street. London, WC1N 1EH
Cost: £37.16
Register online

Let us know if you will be attending this event!


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.

Careers in the Public Sector Panel and Networking Event

Date: Wednesday 21st February 2018,
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Locations: Mooting Chamber 

There are 1000’s of rewarding roles in the Public Sector that allow you to develop and improve the lives of people in the UK and around the world.  The Public Sector graduate recruitment is highly competitive and often substantially different the Private Sector.

This event will:
– look at the variety of roles,
– offer tips to succeed in application,
– discuss real life experience in working across the public sector
from Alumni who have pursued careers in the Public Sector.

Speakers include:
Daniel Malynn – Generalist Fast Streamer in the Civil Service
Lucie Broad – Adjudicator at the Financial Ombudsman Service
Daniel Pollitt – Scheme Project Manager at Network Rail

Drinks and Networking will follow the event. This event is run by Kent Law School but is open to all students.

P0675 – SPIR Internship Module

P0675 is an opportunity to have your internship accredited and reflected in your degree transcript.

You will need to source a minimum of 60 hours of relevant internship work. It is the student’s responsibility to find the internship, but you will have plenty of support from the School and University Careers Services

Internships are also contingent on employers meeting certain health and safety requirements, and signing an agreement.

Internships can be paid or unpaid and can take place in either the UK or abroad.

Entry by online module registration process and application via Moodle, and is dependent on gaining an appropriate internship.

Support and guidance will be provided, with 1-1 support session and bespoke workshops for students on the module.

Five workshops will take place in the Autumn Term, including sessions on experiential learning, skills development, portfolio building and graduate career planning

Attendance at the workshops is essential.

Assessment is skills-based and is by;

Essay (2,500 words) – 50%
Portfolio – 35%
Presentation – 15%

In the past three years some of the internships have included;

UN Women in New York

UK Civil Service including SDIP, in Departments for Work and Pensions, Energy Conservation and Climate Change, and UKTI

MPs (six), political parties, APPG, local government and councillors

NGOs including Teach Malaysia, Tomorrow’s People, CARA and a Chinese environmental NGO

Placements in Malaysia, China, US, Greece, France, Ghana, Canada as well as the UK

Module choices are made via OMR – opens 12th March for two weeks

If you are interested in PO675 then it is never too early to start planning for your internship, which can start as early as April 2018 (and must be completed by September 2018).

Getting prepared; updating your CV, creating a LinkedIn profile, having a general cover letter ready and thinking about where you might like to intern are all good places to start

Relevant volunteering counts too!

Deadline for Prizes Approaching….

Are you a SPIR student in need of some advice on which of our amazing rewards to apply for? Then why not have a look at which rewards were popular with your school last year?

Remember to think outside the box! In 2017, SPIR students applied for a whole host of exciting rewards, across a wide variety of sectors.

The Charity Sector:

Two SPIR students undertook work experience with People United, a charity which uses creativity to promote a sense of community. Kate Lyden found this experience particularly relevant as she hopes to have a career in the charity sector. Alex Frampton, on the other hand, is interested in a career in politics, but found the placement valuable in gaining some transferable skills. Duties included running a social media ‘kindness’ campaign, and working on a database of guests for an event held at the Tate Modern.

See the full case study here.

The Civil Service:

Rhys Brown completed a 2-day work shadowing placement at the Ministry of Justice with Civil Service Fast Stream. This focused on current work revolving around prison reform.

Rhys had this to say about the experience:

‘My two days experience with the Civil Service was a great opportunity, and I’ve now gained real motivation and drive to pursue this career path through the Civil Service’s fast stream program.’

See Rhys’s full case study here.

Research Placements:

William Keeling was thrilled with his placement with Convert Energy, a Canterbury-based renewable-energy company. William was tasked with reporting on potential projects and clients for Convert Energy to pursue. He was given the freedom to tackle the project in his own way and learnt about a sector he was unfamiliar with.

See William’s case study here.

Other rewards taken-up by SPIR students included (but were not limited to!) internships with Medway Council, a business planning internship with Smart Maritime Limited, and opportunities with Enterprise Rent-A-Car and FDM.

The good news is: many of these rewards are available this year! We have loads of amazing placements with councils including Sevenoaks Town CouncilKent County CouncilMedway CouncilCanterbury City Council and Shepway District Council. We have placements focusing on event planning (Canterbury Cathedral Lodge), environmental championing (Kent Enterprise Trust) and many more! If you need any further helping choosing the right reward for you, email the EP Team at:

Have a look at our full list of rewards here.

Don’t forget:

The deadline to log all of your points is March 19th at 5pm!


plural noun: aspirations

a hope or ambition of achieving something.

Most people come to university in the hopes of improving their employment prospects. And whilst your academic success is an integral part of this, it is not enough on its own.

To obtain meaningful, desirable, graduate level employment when you finish your studies it is highly likely that you will need….

  • relevant work experience
  • to be able to articulate and demonstrate your abilities 
  • effective, assertive interpersonal communication skills
  • an understanding of professionalism and the world of work.

Don’t panic – we are here to help. But ultimately it will always be up to you to take ownership and responsibility for your career journey.