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Volunteering for the Brussels Forum 2020

GMF’s Brussels Forum Volunteer Program

The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) is seeking volunteers to support operations at GMF’s Brussels Forum, a world-renowned international foreign and security policy conference. The Forum will take place June 25–26, 2020, at the Steigenberger Wiltcher’s Hotel in Brussels.

Volunteers will get first-hand experience providing operational support for a major international conference, attend exclusive events, and expand their professional network.

Why You Should Participate

GMF offers the opportunity for highly motivated students and young professionals to take part in the logistical coordination of GMF’s Brussels Forum conference. Volunteers will be offered the opportunity to work with a variety of teams including communications, security, guest relations, transportation, and production. Volunteers will also be able to participate in parts of the official conference.

Participation in the Brussels Forum Volunteer Program will count favorably towards a future Young Professionals Summit application, as well as other GMF events and programs.

* Please note that this is an unpaid volunteer position for a period of approximately one week. GMF will provide lunch and dinner during the conference. However, we ask that you arrange your own accommodation and transportation during your stay in Brussels.

Qualifications

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and willingness to work within a team
  • Ability to work in an intercultural and fast-paced environment
  • Fluency in English and preferably another European language
  • Flexibility to work long and demanding hours
  • Interest in transatlantic relations
  • Experience in event management is a plus, but not necessary
  • Full availability during the days of the conference (June 26-29)

If you have any preference and/or experience in one of the following fields (security, guest relations, production, transportation assistance, and/or media), please indicate it in your cover letter.

Dates

Volunteers are expected to be fully available for the days of and day before the conference June 24–26 and partially available for the days preceding the conference June 21–23. Depending on availability, volunteers can also help with conference preparations from June 16–19.

How to Apply

To apply please send a cover letter and a resume to Zachary Tarrant at ztarrant@gmfus.org. The deadline to apply is at midnight on April 3, 2020.

For further information, or if you have any questions, please email Zachary Tarrant at ztarrant@gmfus.org.

Placement Year Working to Combat Homelessness

Are you looking for an opportunity to start a career in the charity sector? We are searching for motivated and committed people to join our structured 12 month traineeship scheme.

Thames Reach is a London based charity helping homeless and vulnerable people to find decent homes, build supportive relationships and lead fulfilling lives. Our vision is to end street homelessness and our aim is to achieve the highest standards and effectiveness in service delivery to vulnerable people. Each member of the Thames Reach team plays a vital role in contributing and shaping the vision of ending rough sleeping and promoting improvement in people’s lives, and by joining us you can do the same.

On the Traineeship programme, you will experience a challenging yet rewarding high quality on-the-job training and the opportunity to develop the skills needed for a career in our front-line services. We also are looking to offer the same rewarding opportunities on our Apprenticeship scheme to come later in the year.

To succeed, you will need commitment, resilience, empathy towards homeless people and good basic admin and IT skills. Your programme will consist of two six-month placements at a Thames Reach Project one of which will be hostel based.

You will be required to work full time on a rota basis which involves working shifts, including evenings and weekends.

Thames Reach cannot guarantee location of placements for successful intakes.

To apply please go to our careers page to download the application pack via the ‘Apply‘ button.

London wide – Boroughs with vacancies include Brent, Croydon, Greenwich, Lambeth, Southwark

£20,573.00 pa (6.5% employer’s contributory pension)

37.5 hours per week inc. shifts

12 month fixed-term contract, starting 1st May 2020

Please note CVs will not be accepted.

For further information visit our website via the ‘Apply’ button.

Closing date: Sunday 23rd February 2020

For further information drop in sessions will be held on 3rd, 5th, 7th, 10th, 12th and 14th February 2020.

Interviews: Dates between 7th March 2020 and 13th March 2020

Thames Reach is committed to achieving a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve. We value, respect and celebrate diversity. We welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of their history of homelessness, sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnic or national origin or religious belief.

Applicants who have experienced homelessness are especially encouraged to apply.

Kent Volunteering Scheme

The Careers and Employability Service have now launched the Kent Volunteering Scheme.

The scheme allows students to log their volunteering hours with the CES and progress through levels –starting at just 10 hours and going up to 1,000+, the scheme looks to recognise all kinds of volunteering completed by students.

Once you have logged your hours, the Careers Service will keep track of your progression and support you in articulating the skills you have acquired through your volunteering experience.

We want students to become actively involved in the Scheme to ensure your hard work is recognised and supported, and so we are allowing students to log their volunteering hours from 1st May 2019 until 15th May 2020.

You can get involved here: https://www.kent.ac.uk/ces/volunteering.html

Students can also email studentvolunteering@kent.ac.uk if you have any questions.

Red Cross Volunteering Opportunities

The International Family Tracing Department of the British Red Cross are seeking Volunteer Caseworkers for their Canterbury office.

A commitment of at least 12 months is required, training is provided and you must be available for at least a half day every week (with flexibility around other commitments, holidays etc).

If you are interested please follow the link below for the online application:

IFT Volunteer Caseworker 

In addition, the British Red Cross is also seeking  volunteer interpreters, particularly those literate in Sorani, Arabic, Pashto, Dari and Vietnamese. These roles are more ad hoc than the Caseworker role. Details are in the link below.

IFT Interpreter Volunteer

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact:

Ben Rands
International Family Tracing Service Coordinator – Canterbury British Red Cross, 2 Lower Chantry Lane, Canterbury, CT1 1UF
Mobile: 07525 233898
www.redcross.org.uk/trace

Peacebuilding in Colombia 2020 Scholarships

Peacebuilding in Colombia 2020
Universidad de Los Andes Academic Summer Course
Red Tree Study Scholarship Funding

These scholarships will offer recipients the chance to learn first-hand about the recent history of the Colombian conflict and the challenges of implementing the current peace deal. Students will be enrolled at Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia, for three weeks, during which time they will combine lectures and seminars on campus with site visits that deliver practical knowledge of the political and social situation in Colombia. They will visit the UN, JEP, Congress, and the Reparation of Victims Unit, for example. They will hear directly from people involved in the conflict, including ex-combatants, social leaders, victims, politicians and negotiators.

To mark the 5th Anniversary of this hugely successful course, there are  two full scholarship places, to the value of $3,900 USD each.

Who can apply?

We are looking for applicants who are enthusiastic, hardworking, and keen to learn more about peace and conflict in Colombia. Candidates do not need prior knowledge of Colombian or Latin American politics, but should demonstrate an eagerness to engage in lively debate during the course tutorials and site visits.  The program is open to students from a range of arts, humanities and social science subjects, and is aimed particularly at those with an interest in conflict resolution and international relations in Latin America. Applicants must be enrolled on a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate degree program for the academic year 2019/20.

What is included?

The 2020 Peacebuilding in Colombia 5th Anniversary Scholarships cover full participation in the course which runs at Universidad de Los Andes from Monday 8 to Friday 26 June 2020. This includes supervised bed and breakfast accommodation (a private room in a modern student residence with kitchen facilities), an airport pickup upon arrival in Bogota, a schedule of site visits and excursions as part of the academic provision, as well as a supplementary calendar of social and cultural activities, all of which are covered by the scholarship. Participants will need to arrange their own flights to and from Colombia, and to cover the costs of some lunchtime and evening meals.

Previous Participants

The scholarship recipients will be joining students from prestigious universities throughout the world. Our students have come from Duke, Brown, Yale the University of Southern California, Vassar College, SFSU, The University of Maryland, Ohio State, Emory University, Boston University and NYU in the USA; Queen’s University Belfast, the University of Cambridge, the University of Bristol, Durham University, the University of Sussex, Cardiff University, Aberystwyth University, Sheffield, QMUL and York in the UK, Queen’s Ontario and the University of British Columbia, in Canada, Uppsala and Lund in Sweden, and many more. You can read reviews of the course from many of these students online here and here.

We have provided numerous students with scholarship funding to study in Colombia in recent years, many of whom have continued to study the region and its political and social developments long after their time in Bogota. To hear directly from some of our 2019 scholarship recipients, please click here.

Scholarship application process

Applications for the 2020 Peacebuilding in Colombia 5th Anniversary Scholarships are open until Friday 13 December 2019. Applicants must submit a scholarship application form, accompanying academic reference, and a general program application form by this date in order to apply for the funding. The final selection will be made by the Director of the Masters in Peacebuilding course at Universidad de Los Andes. Red Tree Study will announce the scholarship recipients on or before Friday 24 January 2020. All applicants will be contacted via email to let them know the outcome of their application.

Please email apps@redtreestudy.com to request an application.

You can read more about the program here on our website.

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.

GEC Internship – Deadline Extended

PLEASE NOTE:

The deadline for this post has been extended till midday on Thursday 7th November. Interviews will be held in the afternoon on Wednesday 13th November. 

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:

  • 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 particularly on campus and 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 (six hours per week at the relevant student intern rate) and will last until the Spring Term initially, with the possibility of an extension to the end of the academic year. Students should be available to commit six hours per week on average including during some vacations.

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 7th November 2019. Interviews will  be held in the afternoon on the 13th November 2019.

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 STUDENT INTERN FOR WOMANSTATS PROJECT

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 176 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.

The ‘WomanStats’ data Collection Intern will:

  • Gather data from demographic and health surveys, state legislation, policy websites and similar sources
  • Create and maintain datasets
  • Assist with descriptive analysis of data
  • Work as part of a team to code qualitative data
  • Meet with Dr. den Boer on a weekly basis to discuss findings

The ‘WomanStats’ Intern should:

  • Be an undergraduate student at the University of Kent in Politics and International Relations
  • Be able to work over the Autumn and Spring terms during term time
  • Have a strong academic and attendance record– preference will be given to students with a grade average of 60% and above
  • Have experience/skills in using Microsoft Excel or similar packages
  • Have the ability to work independently and meet deadlines
  • Have experience of analysing research (desirable)
  • Be detail oriented and meticulous in recording bibliographic information
  • Have an understanding of gender in politics and society

This is a paid internship for up to 8 hours per week, at the relevant student intern salary. Hours are to be agreed between the successful applicant and the Project Lead – and the work will be undertaken on campus and remotely. This internship is spread across Autumn and Spring terms and will run for approximately 21 weeks.

TO APPLY

Interested students email a CV and covering letter outlining their suitability and how they meet the above criteria to n.v.lanfray@kent.ac.uk.

The deadline for applications is midday on the 30th October 2019.

Interviews for successful candidates will be held on 4th November between 1pm – 4pm. 

All applications will be acknowledged, with interview feedback available on request.

For further information, please email Ngaio Lanfray on the email address above.

Looking for an undergraduate placement?

Glaxo Smith Kline
Placement Year Opportunities for POLIR students

A placement with GSK will give you the practical experience to complement your studies and we are committed to supporting your personal and professional growth.

Communications and Government Affairs
– closing on 16th October 2019

Procurement (any degree)
– closing on 27th October 2019

Before you explore our opportunities, take a look at some key facts about GSK and doing a placement with us!

  • Our placements usually run for 12 months, plenty of time to gain lots of value skills!Whilst with us you’ll have the opportunity to take part in lots of volunteering, including raising money for our charity partners Save the children
  • Rated top pharma company in Rate my Placement employer table
  • We have over 300 placement students join us next year, so lots of new friends to make.
  • Five people who worked for the companies that now make up GSK have been awarded Nobel prizes.
  • We’ve topped the access to medicine index since it started!
  • We are working to control and/or eliminate diseases affecting the world’s most vulnerable people.

Sound interesting? We’d love for you to be part of our team and help us improve the lives of our patients and consumers.

Did you know you can apply for more than one placement with us! If you have a passion for more than one area, so long as you pass our online assessment once, you can then apply for any other roles that you are passionate about.

You should apply for one vacancy and complete the online test for that role.  Once the online test has been completed and passed, you may then start your application for another role. You cannot apply for additional opportunities unless you have passed the online test section of the process. Only one online test can be completed by a student for this year.

Please wait until you have completed the online test before starting another application.


Register now

Before applying for any of the placement opportunities, you will need to register your details to create an account. Please register now.

Your account

To access your account dashboard, complete an application or view previous submitted applications, please click here.

Contact Us

If you have any questions in regards to the programme you can contact us by email at GSKplacements@srg.co.uk or via telephone on 01582 692 870 (our offices hours are Monday – Friday 8.30am-5.00pm).

Feedback

If you want to feedback anything about your experience in the recruitment process, please contact us on GSKfeedback@srg.co.uk. A member from the team will get back to you within 2 working days.