Kent Union Graduate Intern Opportunity

Kent Student Union
Graduate Intern Opportunity
Volunteer Management & Graduate Employability
12 Month Fixed Term Contract
Salary: £16,216
35 hours per week
37 days annual leave

Thank you for your interest in the position of Graduate Intern (Volunteer Management and Graduate Employability). Kent Union is a successful, vibrant and exciting organisation with a bright future ahead of us. We have achieved a great deal in the last few years, more than doubling in size to our current £11million turnover, 500 employees and 2,000 volunteers. We were re-accredited with Investor in People Gold status in December 2014, and were accredited with Leaders in Diversity in 2013; we were the first student’s union in the UK to achieve Investing in Volunteers status and we have been included in the Sunday Times 100 Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to Work For, for 9 years, placed 38th for 2018.

The position of Graduate Intern (Volunteer Management and Graduate Employability) is based within our Volunteer Management and Graduate Employability Department. The post holder will be required to support the delivery of Volunteer Management operations, ensuring that best practice in volunteer management is championed and embedded across the organisation, so that volunteers feel aligned behind Kent Unions charitable purpose and have an exceptional volunteering experience. The post holder will also support the departments Graduate Employability functions. Key duties will include overseeing Kent Unions’ Volunteer Reward and Recognition programme, supporting our annual Volunteer Satisfaction Survey and assisting with Graduate Employability initiatives, as well as providing day to day support to the Head of Volunteer Management and Graduate Employability.

You will be a self-motivated, flexible individual, who can work well within a team or independently. You will be able to multitask, have strong IT skills, as well as excellent communication skills.

The position provides an ideal opportunity for a recent graduate from the University of Kent to learn and gain valuable practical experience in the field of volunteer management, working for a charity which has over 2,000 volunteers. This will provide the post holder with many transferable skills and valuable training, as well as excellent prospects for future employment.

For an informal conversation about this opportunity, please contact Steph Hughes on 01227 824309. For an application pack and to find out how to apply please go to

Closing date for applications: 3 July 2018

Interviews: 13 July 2018


Congratulations to our Kent Student Awards Nominees!

The Kent Student Awards recognise and celebrate the outstanding contribution students make to the Kent student experience.

The School of Politics and International Relations has 3 nominees in 3 categories:

Outstanding Contribution to the Environment
This award recognises students who are committed to protecting the environment and promoting more sustainable ways of living.

Danel Nugmanova, Rutherford College
Politics and International Relations (Third Year UG)For her dedication to volunteering in the local community, helping to make a positive environmental change and leading on projects including local litter picks.

Outstanding Contribution to College Life
This award recognises a student’s outstanding contribution to the life of a College. This may be through sport, a college committee, volunteering, key social events/activities and/or as a student ambassador.

Beverley Isibor, Keynes College
Politics and International Relations with a Year in Continental Europe (Third Year UG)
For her campaign work including the #NoMore mental health campaign and supporting Black History Month.

Outstanding Contribution to Sports Development

This award recognises the best overall student contribution to sport development. It will include those using sport to reach out to others, enabling communities or individuals to develop and grow, perhaps regulating and assisting by coaching, refereeing or providing support, as well as rewarding those participating in a team or individual activity.

Charles Dabbs, Rutherford College
Politics and International Relations with a Year in Continental Europe (Second Year UG)
For his dedication as President of the Kent Knights Ice Hockey Team and building a successful club, which is accessible to all students.


More than 250 nominations were received for the annual awards. The winning students will be announced at the gala dinner on Friday 1 June. The winner in each category will receive their very own brick in the University’s ‘Footsteps Path’, a certificate and their achievement will be recognised on their Higher Education Achievement Report when they graduate.

US-UK Fulbright Commission – Internships

The US-UK Fulbright Commission in London is seeking applicants for our internship programme for summer and autumn 2018. The US-UK Fulbright Commission fosters mutual cultural understanding between the US and UK through educational exchange in two ways: through our awards programme and advisory service. Interns join a small, but dynamic and highly-motivated team of staff.

To apply, students may email a CV and covering letter to, with the subject line “Awards Internship” or “Advising Internship”. We are reviewing applications on a rolling basis, and hope to secure posts asap!

Full details about the available internships can be found here:

Democratic Services Officer – Graduate Opportunity

We are seeking an enthusiastic person with initiative and drive to join a small but busy team supporting the democratic processes of the Maidstone Council and helping to ensure that decisions can be taken effectively and lawfully. This will involve co-ordinating and servicing meetings of the Council’s Committees, working closely with Councillors and Senior Officers, and will include preparing and publishing agendas, reports and minutes.

Applicants for the post will need to demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively with Councillors and Senior Officers, and must have strong written and spoken communication skills. Interpersonal and organisational skills are also essential requirements of the post and you will regularly be required to attend evening meetings, for which payment will be made. The successful candidate will be expected to work in a busy, high-pressure environment.

We welcome applications from candidates without previous direct experience in a Democratic Services environment, provided the candidate can demonstrate the skills required and an enthusiastic attitude.

This post is career graded and training will be offered in all aspects of the role, including the possibility of studying for professional qualifications.

For further information or to discuss this opportunity in more detail, please contact Sam Bailey on 01622 602263

Job title: Democratic Services Officer
Job reference: 001015
Application closing date: 30/05/2018
Location: Maidstone
Salary: MBC Grade 7-9 (£22,592 – £30,844)
Package: career average pension scheme, professional fee payment, flexible working (including opportunities for home working and job share), to employee benefits package and generous leave entitlement.

Closing Date: 30 May 2018
Interview Date: 19 June 2018

Email queries to:
The Recruitment Team
Mid Kent Human Resources

To view job details or apply on-line click here.

To search for other jobs with the Council  click here.




Would you like to be a Student Ambassador?

The School of Politics and International Relations is recruiting student ambassadors for 2018/19. The School undertakes many recruitment activities throughout the academic year aimed at prospective students and we are looking for enthusiastic, confident and self-motivated students to join the recruitment team.

Ambassador work will include leading sessions at UCAS applicant days and dedicated Politics at Kent days, campus tours and promoting the School to prospective applicants at Open and Applicant Days. These activities primarily take place on Wednesday afternoons and on Saturdays; candidates should be flexible and able to work these days.

The Ambassador scheme is open to all current first and second year undergraduate students, as well as those students returning from their year abroad. Ambassadors should be as comfortable addressing large groups of people as they are talking to visitors one on one and, most importantly, should be able to positively promote the School, their programme and the ‘Kent experience’.

Students applying for the scheme should be reliable, trustworthy and have the ability to take initiative. They should also be able to demonstrate strong communication and presentation skills as well as excellent team working and people skills.

Ambassadors that successfully make it through the selection process will receive full training from the School in order to prepare them in their roles.

If you would like to apply for the role, please send via email:
• A statement of no more than 250 words explaining your motivation and
• A CV of no more than two sides outlining your most relevant experience

Please ensure ‘student ambassador application’ is included in the subject of your email and send your completed application to: William Lowry:

Opening date: Monday 14 May 2018
Closing date: Midday, Thursday 31 May 2018

Interviews expected to take place: Tuesday 5 June 2018, successful candidates will be invited to interview on Friday 1 June.

Paid Internship Opportunity – International Federation of Red Cross

The internship is based at the International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies in Geneva, Switzerland.

It is a 6 month, paid internship with the possibility of another 6 month extension based upon performance and interest.

The position offers the opportunity to contribute substantially to the workings of a global public health advocacy programme.

Work & residence authorization in Switzerland will be sponsored and you will be provided with a 75CHF (approx. US$75) per day stipend plus vacation.  The IFRC are the only international organization in Switzerland which offers paid internships.

For a recent graduate interested in global public health, advocacy and/or development, this is a unique opportunity with the world’s largest humanitarian organization.  The internship is particularly relevant to recent students who have indicated an interest in international development.

Please visit the IFRC’s jobs board for more information. Applicants will need to submit their applications directly through the online portal at the jobs board.

The deadline for application is 9 May 2018.



Europe Day at Kent – Opportunities Fair

Join us in celebrating the UK’s European University.

To mark Europe Day, International Partnerships is hosting a ‘European Opportunities Fair’ in the Gulbenkian.

The event will showcase the University’s activities in Europe and raise awareness of the many opportunities available to staff and students. The fair will be filled with live music, a European-themed menu and much more. Everyone is welcome!

No booking required. Visit the event web page