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
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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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
Skills and experience
- Research skills
- Quantitative and qualitative data analysis
- Research design
- Evaluating information
- Formulating reasoned arguments
- Presentation skills
- Market research
- Critical and evaluative thinking
- Logical argumentation
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