Insight Event into a Career in Public Affairs

I have a voice is a social enterprise that empowers people to engage with politics and we’ve teamed up with the Public Relations & Communications Association (PRCA) to offer a free virtual careers event to 50 university students. The remaining spots will be filled with industry bods so they’ll be chance for the students to reach out and network.

The event will provide students with an insight into what a career in public affairs might look like and access to industry leaders. This event is specifically targeted for those who are planning on entering the public affairs or political arena, or are curious to find out what this may entail. In addition to the event, I have a voice and NextGen are developing a mentoring scheme for up to 10 students. This will be launched at the event and will give students a chance to work with a mentor in the field, offering them specialist industry expertise and exposure.

We’re particularly interested in applications from students whose voices are under-represented in the political arena.

The application form is available here and the deadline to apply is 30 November.

Alfa Fellowship Program

The Alfa Fellowship Program is a distinguished international initiative that each year offers up to 18 accomplished young Americans, Britons, and Germans the opportunity to complete a high-level professional development program in Russia. Over the course of the program, fellows complete work placements at leading institutions, attend professional seminars, and receive intensive language training.

The fellowship provides a monthly stipend, accommodation, insurance, all program-related travel costs, language training in Russia, and private tutoring in the U.S., U.K., or Germany.

Key goals of the Alfa Fellowship Program are to expand networks of American, British, German, and Russian professionals, develop greater intercultural understanding, and advance knowledge of Russian affairs in the West.

Participant Profile

Fellows have a demonstrated interest in Russian and European and Eurasian affairs, exceptional academic and professional credentials, proven personal initiative, and clear goals and expectations for their professional assignments.

Fellows are between the ages of 25 and 35 with graduate degrees and professional experience in business, economics, journalism, law, public policy, or related fields.

Fellows possess leadership potential and are active in community or public service.

While Russian language skills vary, most fellows have studied Russian for at least two years at the post-secondary level.

Eligibility Requirements

U.S., U.K., or German citizen between the ages of 25 and 35 (Russian citizens are ineligible to apply, including individuals who are also citizens of the United States, United Kingdom, or Germany)
Bachelor’s degree and 2-3 years of relevant professional experience in business, economics, journalism, law, public policy, or a related field

Desired Qualifications

  • Outstanding professional achievement and academic qualifications
  • Active involvement in community or public service
  • Russian language experience is preferred, however not required, at the time of application. If an applicant does not speak Russian, he or she will need to demonstrate proficiency in another foreign language to qualify for the program
  • Graduate degree in business, economics, journalism, law, public policy, international relations, or a related field
  • Evidence of leadership potential

The Alfa Fellowship Program is a professional-level initiative focused on the fellows’ assignments in Russia. The Alfa Fellowship Program will not sponsor independent or academic research.

The Alfa Fellowship Program includes the following benefits:

  • Round-trip transportation to New York City or London and accommodation (if needed) for selection interviews
  • Orientation seminar in Washington, D.C., including speakers, activities, travel, and accommodation
  • Program-related transportation between U.S./U.K./Germany and Russia
  • Pre-departure and Russia-based language training
  • Moscow Seminar Program, including briefings, assignment planning, and excursions
  • A generous monthly stipend during the program in Russia
  • All program-related travel within Russia
  • Accommodation in Moscow
  • Limited international health, accident, and liability insurance during the program in Russia

Application Deadline:

The deadline to apply is 1 December 2020.

For details regarding the application process and to access the online application, please visit:

https://culturalvistas.org/programs/abroad/alfa-fellowship-program

 

Paid Student Internship in the Global Europe Research Centre

The School of Politics and IR is pleased to announce a vacancy for a student intern 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 an 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 (remotely):

  • 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 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 (up to eight hours per week at the relevant student intern rate) and will last until the end of Spring Term initially, with the possibility of an extension to the end of the academic year.

Interested students should apply by emailing a CV and cover letter to Ngaio Lanfray at n.v.lanfray@kent.ac.uk

The application deadline is midday on the Thursday 19th November 2020. Interviews will be held the following week.

Interview feedback can be provided on request.

For more information please contact Ngaio Lanfray on the above email address.

The University’s Careers and Employability Service can provide CV and cover letter advice (www.kent.ac.uk/ces)

Business Start Up Event – How to be Ready for Anything Workshop

As part of ASPIRE, the business start-up initiative, join Julie Flower, founder of Specialist Generalist, for a fun interactive workshop exploring how we can use improvisation and drama techniques to develop creative problem-solving skills, build confidence and be comfortable with uncertainty.

Date: Wednesday 25 November
Time: 1.30pm – 2.45pm

Zoom link register here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0qdO6qrzwqG9fSynF_J6EUv4bszK5A_VA7

Things to note:

· It will be a very active and participatory workshop, with a mixture of whole group and small group exercises and discussion

· We would like you to be in a place where you can speak freely and ideally have some freedom of movement

· We would like you to keep your cameras on throughout

· Ideally, for the best experience, you should log-on via a laptop or desktop

· If you have any access requirements, or additional needs, that it would be useful for us to know about beforehand so that the exercises can best meet your needs, it would be great if you could let us know in advance. Email R.B.Smith@kent.ac.uk or call 01227 816492.

Your Pathway to a Digital Career

Are you in your final year of university and curious about a career in the technology industry? Are you studying a Non STEM degree but keen on pursuing a career in tech?

FDM are launching an exciting four-part programme of events to enhance your digital skills and potentially fast-track you to the final stages of our recruitment process!

We will provide you with an overall insight into who FDM are, explore common misconceptions of a career in technology and transferable skills applicable to the world of tech. You will then learn a new skill in coding with one of our FDM internal developers. The series will conclude with an interview with an FDM recruiter and if successful, we will fast-track you to the final stages of our recruitment process! The events will run on a weekly basis, commencing on Thursday 12th November and concluding on Thursday 3rd December.

Programme of Events

Thursday 12th November 4-6pm – Introduction to FDM: Non-Tech to Tech

Thursday 19th November 4-6pm – Coding Bootcamp: Part 1 with FDM Developer

Thursday 26th November 4-6pm – Coding Bootcamp: Part 2 with FDM Developer

Thursday 3rd December – Fast-track Interviews

Criteria to apply:

– On track to achieve a 2.2 bachelors with honours degree

– Eligible to work in the UK or EU

– Passionate about pursuing a career in the technology industry

– Geographically flexible within the UK

– Able to support yourself financially during the training period

– Able to commit to the full 2-year graduate careers programme

To apply to take part in this exciting programme of events, please submit your CV and cover letter to Kristy Littlewood at Kristy.littlewood@fdmgroup.com with the subject: ‘FDM Programme of Events’. Applications will close on Monday 9th November.