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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)

POLIR Alumni Careers Panel for EMPFEST 21st October 2pm

Listen to POLIR Alumni talk about their careers since graduation followed by a Q&A with students.

Wednesday 21st October 2020, 2pm – 3.30pm

Sign Up Here: https://careers.kent.ac.uk/leap/event.html?id=6731&service=Careers+Service

The School of Politics and International Relations online alumni careers panel followed by a Q&A session with students. The event is part of the University wide EMPFEST – focused on highlighting career options and opportunities to students.

School alumni sharing their advice, wisdom and experience with students looking to pursue a similar career.

Speakers for online POLIR Alumni Panel – EMPFEST

Scott Macdonald – Head of Good Governance Fund, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Sherah Beckley – Client Engagement Manager, Natural Capital Partners

Sulmaan Hanif – Business Development Director, Gartner

Rebecca Sangster-Kelly – Management Consultant, Chaucer

Kristina Block – Global Planning Editor, BBC News

 

 

Model NATO Student Opportunity with the FCO

The School of Politics and International Relations has been invited to send four student delegates to represent the University at a Model NATO conference being run by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the British International Studies Association.

Fifteen UK universities will be taking part in the Model and each university will represent two NATO members. 

You can find a report on our participation last year here: https://blogs.kent.ac.uk/polir-news/2019/12/10/model-nato-and-nato-engages/

Model NATO will take place online and will take place on one day in the final week of January 2021.

APPLICATIONS

Students in their second year and above, including post-graduates are invited to apply.

To be considered for this exciting opportunity please email no more than 100 words explaining why you would like to attend to:

N.V.Lanfray@kent.ac.uk and R.Whitman@kent.ac.uk

By midnight on the Tuesday 27th October.

Successful applicants will be informed on Friday 30th October and will be required to attend an online briefing event in the following week.

MODEL NATO IN ACTION

The business of the Model NATO committees and their working methods will be explained to the selected participating students in a separate document to be sent in the coming weeks.

In brief, the Model will be principally concerned with reacting to a crisis scenario. That crisis will be presented at the beginning of the working day and elaborated upon by means of news and intelligence injects as the day proceeds. The committees will replicate NATO’s working methods – including, importantly, the requirement that decisions are reached by consensus.

Each NATO member delegation at the Model will be split between three committees: the North Atlantic Council (the NAC), the Military Committee, and an ad hoc Crisis Response Committee. Each university will have two people on each of these three committees – representing two separate NATO members.

The task of the Model is to respond to the crisis by mobilising NATO’s political and military resources. In undertaking that response, delegations will need to act in accordance with known national policy positions.

To assist the students in this endeavour, you will be sent:

  • Model NATO Handbook (containing Rules of Procedure, draft Agenda for the three committees and other important information);
  • Crisis Briefing 1 (outlining the crisis your students will need to prepare for – a second Briefing will be given at the commencement of the Model);
  • A guide to NATO policies and processes (‘NATO 101’);
  • Briefings on the two NATO member countries your university is representing, and a
  • Document on Model NATO’s working methods.

On the day of the Model, academics, staff from the FCO and NATO officials will be on hand to offer specific advice.

POLIR Brussels Trip to the European Parliament

 Date: 13th– 15th March 2020

PolIR, EUROSOC, the Global Europe Centre and CAS are organising a trip to Brussels, taking place on 13th – 15th March. This will include a guided tour of the European Parliament, other Brussels-based institutions, museums and the wonderful city settings.

The estimated price of the trip is £120 and includes a return bus from Canterbury and 2 nights in a central Brussels hotel with breakfast.

Click here for more information and to register!

Please register by Thursday 27th February.

Exciting Opportunity to be a part of Model NATO – APPLY NOW!

The School of Politics and International Relations has been invited to send six student delegates to represent the University at a Model NATO conference being run by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Fifteen UK universities will be taking part in the Model and each university will represent two NATO members.

Model NATO will take place at the main Foreign Office building in central London on Monday, 2nd December 2019. The event will conclude with a reception hosted by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the early evening.

All travel expenses will be covered.

APPLICATIONS

Students in their second year and above, including post-graduate are invited to apply.

To be considered for this exciting opportunity please email no more than 100 words explaining why you would like to attend to:

N.V.Lanfray@kent.ac.uk and R.Whitman@kent.ac.uk

By midnight on the Monday 28th October.

Successful applicants will be informed on Tuesday 30th October and will be required to attend a briefing meeting with the FCO in Rutherford College on Friday 1st November. 

MODEL NATO IN ACTION

The business of the Model NATO committees and their working methods will be explained to the selected participating students in a separate document to be sent in the coming weeks.

In brief, the Model will be principally concerned with reacting to a crisis scenario. That crisis will be presented at the beginning of the working day and elaborated upon by means of news and intelligence injects as the day proceeds. The committees will replicate NATO’s working methods – including, importantly, the requirement that decisions are reached by consensus.

Each NATO member delegation at the Model will be split between three committees: the North Atlantic Council (the NAC), the Military Committee, and an ad hoc Crisis Response Committee. Each university will have two people on each of these three committees – representing two separate NATO members.

The task of the Model is to respond to the crisis by mobilising NATO’s political and military resources. In undertaking that response, delegations will need to act in accordance with known national policy positions.

To assist the students in this endeavour, you will be sent:

  • Model NATO Handbook (containing Rules of Procedure, draft Agenda for the three committees and other important information);
  • Crisis Briefing 1 (outlining the crisis your students will need to prepare for – a second Briefing will be given at the commencement of the Model);
  • A guide to NATO policies and processes (‘NATO 101’);
  • Briefings on the two NATO member countries your university is representing, and a
  • Document on Model NATO’s working methods.

On the day of the Model, academics, staff from the FCO and NATO officials will be on hand to offer specific advice.

To arrive at an agreed response will be the test the students will face on the day – debate and negotiations in committee will be the means by which that test is met.

Each student will also receive a certificate of participation. There will be a small number of awards given separately to outstanding delegates/delegations. The day will conclude with a reception in the Foreign Office building.

Model NATO is intended to have experiential learning benefits for the participating students.

The Model will raise students’ awareness of NATO and give them direct exposure to an activity that replicates inter-governmental negotiation and policy making.

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITY: NATO ENGAGES

Two of the selected participating students will be invited in advance to attend ‘NATO Engages’ on the following day, 3rd December 2019 immediately prior to the NATO leaders’ meeting in London at Westminster Central Hall.

The consortium running NATO Engages includes Kings College London, the Atlantic Council, the Munich Security Conference, RUSI and Globsec.

For more information about NATO Engages please visit:
https://nato-engages.org

The two students will have accommodation provided for them in central London on the night of the 2nd December at the Travelodge Covent Garden.

These students will have the opportunity to further analyse the outcome of the Model held the previous day, and potentially meet heads of state/government at the event.

The NATO Public Diplomacy Division are providing a grant which will meet all the students accommodation and travel costs.

Please note: that once a student receives an email invitation from our partner Globsec to attend the event, the registration process will take around 45-60 minutes and includes a questionnaire and uploading a photograph for the conference ID. Given the likely presence of heads of state/government at the event, the process also entails some background security checks. Notification on the success of a registration comes within a couple of days usually. If your registration is declined on security grounds and any such outcome will be outside of our control. 

International Development Volunteer Opportunities

NGOabroad is proud to be able to offer human rights placements to work on civic education, training people about their rights; electoral and democracy building; criminal justice and anti- corruption in areas such as:

AFRICA: Human Rights
MONGOLIA: Democracy Building, Policy Research & Anti-Corruption Mongolia a young democracy.
NEPAL: Conflict Transformation, Law
ISRAEL/PALESTINE: Peace building
MOROCCO: Sub-Sahara African Refugees
JORDAN: Women’s Rights & Women’s Political Participation
SRI LANKA: Pushing for Good Governance elections.

Please read NGOabroad website: http://ngoabroad.com/ and then briefly answer the questionnaire and send with your resume to:

info@NGOabroad.com

These are all volunteer opportunities. Seasoned professionals and students both needed. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

APPLICATION INFORMATION

  • People are already beginning to apply to volunteer in June, July & August.
  • We send this first announcement in Oct or Nov for those that like to get a leap on their summer plans.
  • We will send a 2nd, sometimes slightly revised, announcement in Jan or Feb.
  • It is smart to finish application process by March so you have time to prepare to go to another country.
  • Our volunteer programs do not just run in June, July & August – that is simply when the most people can go.
  • Except primary & secondary schools that have school schedules to adhere to, most of our programs run year round.

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