Virtual Internships

“ Since 2018, Virtual Internships has been providing remote work experiences to students across the globe. In 2020 we supported 1600 students in completing 4-16 week remote internship experiences in companies representing over 70 countries worldwide.”

As we continue to adapt to the future of work, Virtual Internships is excited to once again welcome students from across the globe to our remote internship programs this summer and beyond.

We know that the past year has shaken everything up, and as plans for summer 2021 once again get changed, Virtual Internships would like to create additional avenues of access to internship experience with the introduction of 10 Fully-Funded Scholarships for any remote internship program beginning between June 7th to July 19th. 

We encourage any interested student to apply, with scholarship winners being selected based on their applications and short answers, with the objective of seeking a diversity of majors, career fields, universities, and student backgrounds. We are looking for those who have an interest in remote work, and a need to gain crucial professional development and internship experience this summer.

Any interested student can download the flyer here: 

Applications can be started here:  

Applications close at midnight on April  23rd, 2021 (EST)         

Alumni Careers Event with the POLIR Society

The POLIR Society is bringing alumni back to university. Hear from a panel of 4 alumni speakers who will share the secrets of their career success. You will gain first-hand information and practical advice on various careers paths. Our alumni are able to share invaluable information through open, honest dialogue with the students who attend.

At this event, we aim to highlight unique career possibilities that exist for School of Politics degree holders, helping you envision possibilities for yourself you may never have considered.

Date: 17th March 2021
Time: 2.30pm – 4pm
Link to the event in Teams


Kami Asamani

As Head of Business Management for Arts Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) our team works in 19 countries in West, Southern and East Africa and the UK to create opportunities and connections for young creatives. My role is to clarify our targets, monitor our progress towards them and shape the governance of our work. 

Leo Wilkinson

Currently policy advisor to Sandro Gozi MEP in the European Parliament, I work on constitutional affairs, EU political parties, EU budget and regional policy. I have also been a trainee in the European Commission’s Spokesperson Service.

Emma Booth

I currently work at Serco and I am seconded into the Ministry of Defence to support them with their external engagement. I previously worked at the Cabinet Office leading on ministerial engagement. I have also worked in public affairs for Defence and Aerospace companies, as well as in UK Parliament. Whilst at the University of Kent, I was Chair of Kent Labour Students and the Social Sciences Faculty Rep. 

Emma Lagerstedt

I graduated in 2019 with a degree in Politics and International Relations with a year abroad at the University of California, Los Angeles. I am currently on my second year of the Policy, Advocacy and Government Affairs (PAGA) graduate scheme at Bristol Myers Squibb, a global pharmaceutical company. In my day-to-day I work within a team to engage with national stakeholders to inform health policy, which can include working on policy reports, feeding into consultations and organising meetings with key stakeholders. We also lead on relationships with patient advocacy groups and work with them to amplify the patient voice within the company and externally.



Psychology Careers Event on 10th March at 6pm

This event has now finished. If you would like to view the live recording please click here.


The Psychology Society is running a careers event open to all students. Hear from a panel of 5 alumni from the School of Psychology, as well as Emma Travers-Hill, School of Psychology Lecturer and Clinical Psychologist. With the opportunity to ask the speakers questions at the end of the event.

Date: 10th March
Time: 6pm – 7.30pm
Link to join event

The speakers for the event are:

Emma Travers-Hill

I started out my career in clinical research and following my PhD went onto my Clinical Doctorate.  Since qualifying I have worked as a Clinical Psychologist in secondary care adult mental health services. More recently, I have been working at the University as a lecturer and have been setting up an honorary contract with the NHS to continue a little clinical work locally.

Daniela Zigova

My name is Daniela Zigova and I graduated from University of Kent in 2018 with a degree in Psychology. After graduating, I spent some time volunteering and landed my first job in primary mental health services for adults in Kent. I am currently working as a Trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner in an IAPT service in Bromley, where I provide CBT-based psychological interventions to adults with depression and anxiety disorders.

Emma Bannister

I have been working as a Research Officer at the Office for National Statistics (ONS) for just over a year. I am also badged to the Government Social Research (GSR) profession which is one of 8 professions in the Government Analysis Function. Currently I am working in data collection however Research Officers at the ONS can work in a variety of roles including production of statistics, conducting qualitative research and using admin data.

Alexandria Olton

Alexandria Olton is a qualified Sport and Exercise psychologist, the Director of Mindology Trinidad and sport columnist for The Trinidad and Tobago Newsday. Alexandria works with a wide range of clients from Olympic level athletes to juniors and grassroots, in developing positive mental skills and achieving optimal performance.

Sarah Sodimu

I’m Sarah and I work as an Assistant Psychologist in Paediatric Psychology and am doing my masters in Research in Clinical Psychology.

Kyle Sherry

After graduating from the University of Kent in 2018, I pursued a Master’s degree in Occupational Psychology. The content of this course, paired with my undergraduate degree, led me into a Change Management role within a local government setting. From here I moved into the Civil Service, where I currently work as an Insight & Service Design Manager at the Health & Safety Executive.

Annie Hastings

My name is Annie Hastings, I am a mental health adviser with Mind, the mental health charity. I have experience working in the mental health sector in both charitable organisations and within the NHS. I aim to further my career focusing on mental health and forensic psychology.




Survive & Revive: Santander Freelancers Scheme

Are you a UK-based freelancer?

Apply for the #SantanderSurviveandRevive Freelancer financial grant!

The Survive & Revive: Santander Freelancers Scheme aims to provide students/recent graduates with the chance of claiming a £1,000 bursary for undertaking freelance work for a small or medium business. The scheme opens on the 5th February 2021 and closes 31st March 2021.

They have 250 bursaries available, accessible to students/graduates from partner universities, and full info can be found here: Santander Scholarships Skills | Santander UK – Freelancer Scheme (

Create content for small or medium sized enterprises and be awarded £1,000 to help complete the project (T&Cs apply). Visit LINK to find out more #SantanderUniUK

Employability Points – Deadline Approaches!

On the 8th March, all registered students will be sent the Rewards Pack 2020-21 . This document will overview the rewards available for this summer.

  • The deadline for students to earn sufficient points is the 15th March (17:00).
  • For students with enough points, they will receive their rewards application form on the 16th March.
  • The deadline for students to complete their application form is the 30th March (23:59).
  • Throughout early April, the EP team will be shortlisting students and liaising with employers regarding interview schedules.
  • In mid-April, students will be invited to attend EP interviews (online), which will be undertaken throughout May 2021.
  • All rewards will be confirmed at the end of May, with opportunities commencing from early June onwards.

Employability Masterclass for Psychology Students

Employability Masterclass for Psychology Students
Wednesday 3 March 2021 

Time  Session title  Blurb  Booking link (use Kent login) 
13.30 – 14.00  Careers with a psychology degree  This session will provide an introduction to career options with a degree in psychology, how to research them and what to consider when making a career decision. 


Click here to book 
14.15 – 14.45  Creating a great CV  What makes a CV stand out and how do you tailor a CV to a role? This presentation will cover how to structure a CV and how to make an impact. 


Click here to book 
15.00 – 15.30  Interview skills  Learn the difference between competency and strength based interviews and get tips on how to ace in person, telephone and video interviews. 


Click here to book 
15.45 – 16.15  Selection tests  Often referred to as psychometric tests, graduate recruiters often use verbal/numerical/logical reasoning, situational judgement, personality and game-based tests as part of their selection process. Find out more about these tests and learn about Graduates First, an online facility where Kent students can practise them. 


Click here to book 
16.30 – 17.00  Assessment centres  Graduate schemes or competitive roles will often include an assessment centre as part of their recruitment process. Find out what they are and how to prepare for them, whether they are in person or virtual. 


Click here to book 


Exploring intersectionality with females who identify as Black, African, South Asian and Caribbean

Being at University may have provided opportunities for you to notice things about yourself that you might want to explore and talk about. This therapeutic support group taking place over 6 sessions can provide a safe space to explore themes with others who you may have things in common who identify as Black, African, South Asian and Caribbean. Commitment to all 6 sessions is required.

Group work can be powerful and offers you the opportunity to hear things you may be experiencing spoken out loud by others and perhaps yourself. Groups can provide a very supportive environment and equally can be very challenging. What have your previous experiences in groups like family, housemates, friends, work been like? There will be a maximum of 8, in the group to help facilitate a safe environment.

The group came about as a response to the feedback from students in the context of Black Lives Matter and the current pandemic. The group will be experiential, you are expected to bring yourself and be willing to share your thoughts with others and to be able to listen to others. We will decide together in week one which themes we would like to explore each week. We will use some mindfulness techniques to support us in being present.  Suggested themes include; Who am I? – What does it mean to be me?   – Friendships – Friend or enemy? – Being a friend to myself – self-love – Mental health – Self-care. These themes are not exclusive or exhaustive, you may have other themes that you want to suggest.

Please note that you need to commit to attending all 6 sessions which take place on Mondays from 2pm-3pm on the following dates:

15th February
22nd February
1st March
8th March
15th March
22nd March

If you are available for all 6 dates and would like to participate, please email to book your place, you will then be contacted for a brief 1:1 online meeting with the group facilitator at a mutually convenient time before the course begins.

Please think about why you would like to join the group and what you would like to get out of it.  This group cannot be a substitute for the safety and the environment that one to one therapy can offer. However, it could be a chance to reflect on your experiences and to experience your impact on others and their impact on you with an experienced female facilitator who identifies as Black.

If you have any queries, please email


Want to start looking for social work jobs with local employers?  Then this event is for YOU!

Hear from a range of Social Work Employers from Local Authorities, Private and Voluntary Sector employers – Open to AllStudents. Please book online to reserve your place and access the Microsoft Teams Links at: 

The following Employability Talks will be taking place:
12:30 – 12:50 – East Sussex Council 
13:30 – 13:50 – Vocational Impact
14:00 – 14:20 – London Borough of Bexley 
14:30 – 14:50 – NSPCC 
15:00 – 15:20 – Careers and Employability Service 
15:30 – 15:50 – MA/Step Up to Social Work 

Further information email: or

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: