School of Politics and International Relations

Placements and Employability

To be competitive in the current job market you need more than just a degree - you need to gain and demonstrate key skills for the workplace. Our work placements and employability programme provides valuable work experience, self-confidence and a practical application of your studies.

We offer a Politics Placement module and a range of placement opportunities with local and national employers which may be paid or voluntary, part-time alongside your studies or as a longer placement during University vacations. These include term-time one day a week placements and summer placements.

Placements are available for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Undertaking a placement will equip you with the following career-ready toolkit:

  • A stronger CV with essential work experience listed
  • Self-development as a person and understanding of the working environment
  • Great networking contacts
  • Links to employers to assist you with career opportunities when you graduate

Information for employers and placement providers (PDF)

The University of Nottingham's Politics and International Relations internship programme is an invaluable resource for international organisations, businesses and non-governmental organisations alike.

The student base is one of the most motivated and qualified that I have come across in a long time, a combination which ensures we are provided with dedicated students, eager to learn while simultaneously able to produce high-quality work. The fact that the students can either come to the office or work remotely also adds a highly useful element of flexibility to the programme - for organisations and students.

The University's support streamlines the intern selection process; short-listing applicants whose profiles most fit the job, and remaining a reassuring background presence that you can turn to should anything not be going smoothly - a situation that is yet to materialise! I am extremely grateful for their support.

Josie Lianna Kaye, Director of TrustWorks Global - London

Live vacancies - apply now

Details of current placement vacancies and the application form are available on the Placements and Employability page on Moodle.

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Popular careers and placement routes for politics graduates...
  • Westminster departments
  • Third sector organisations
  • NGOs
  • Think tanks
  • Lobbying/pressure/advocacy groups
  • Management consultancies
  • Working for MPs
  • National media
  • Local media
  • Overseas placements
  • National and global commercial organisations
  • Political party offices
  • Local government
  • HMRC
  • Department of Work and Pensions
  • University placement roles
  • Local businesses
  • Brussels and other EU Organisations
  • United Nations
  • Market research and statistical research organisations
Skills and experience employers will love...
  • Communications
  • Marketing
  • Research skills
  • Quantitative and qualitative data analysis
  • Research design
  • Evaluating information
  • Formulating reasoned arguments
  • Law
  • Languages
  • Social policy
  • Social and global justice
  • Collecting and collating data
  • International relations theory
  • Presentation skills
  • Teamwork
  • Time management and self-organisation
  • Debating
  • Networking
  • Summarising
  • Analysis of both primary and secondary data
  • Surveys
  • Market research
  • Negotiation
  • Parliament and UK politics
  • Local government/NGO
  • Environmental policy
  • Climate change
  • Statistics
  • Politics or race
  • Gender politics
  • Public policy analysis
  • Public management
  • Political economy
  • Editing
  • Critical and evaluative thinking
  • Evaluation of evidence
  • Logical argumentation
  • Discourse analysis
  • Intervention
  • Terrorism
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • European Union
  • Reflective learning and constructive feedback

Frequently asked questions

Find answers to frequently asked questions


stephenvaccariniSteve Vaccarini

Placement and Employability Officer

Office hours
Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10-11am


Natasha Johnson-Richards from Go Digit All discusses the value of placements for interns and businesses.

Placement profiles and experiences

Placement providers

Current placement partners include:

Placement role examples

  • Social Impact Researcher
  • Political Research Officer
  • Marketing and PR Officer
  • Events and Campaigns Officer
  • Strategy and Commissioning Assistant
  • Partnerships and Networking Assistant
  • Global Conflict Resolution Intern
  • Communications Officer
  • Statistical Analyst and Researcher


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