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, a Paid Placement Scheme to work within the school, and a range of other 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

My placement experience has equipped me with practical skills that are needed in a crowded labour market: as well as developing my character, expectations in work, and an overall understanding of how things work outside of University life. I have been lucky to obtain a placement that reflected my passions and aspirations in a comprehensive manner.
School of Politics and International Relations student on their Politics Placement Module experience, May 2021

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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Placement providers

Current and past placement partners include:

Placement role examples

  • Social Impact Researcher
  • Parliamentary Intern/Assistant for MP in Parliament
  • Political Research Officer
  • Social Media, Marketing and PR Officer
  • Events and Campaigns Officer
  • Research Assistant
  • Strategy and Commissioning Assistant
  • Partnerships and Networking Assistant
  • Global Conflict Resolution Intern
  • Communications Officer
  • Statistical Analyst and Researcher

Skills and experience

  • Communications
  • Social Media skills
  • Marketing
  • Research skills
  • Quantitative and qualitative data analysis
  • Research design
  • Evaluating information
  • Formulating reasoned arguments
  • Direct experience in UK Politics through Parliament
  • Presentation skills
  • Teamwork
  • Market research
  • Critical and evaluative thinking
  • Logical argumentation

Frequently asked questions

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Stephen Vaccarini

Steve Vaccarini, Faculty Placements Manager


Placements during the Covid-19 pandemic

We are delighted to be able to offer both in-person and remote working placement positions during these unprecedented times due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

We continued our placement programmes, through the Politics Placement Module, Paid Placement Scheme and Q-Step programme throughout 2019/20 and 2020/21, offering a mix of both remote-working and in-person placement positions whilst ensuring the safety of our placement partners and students was of paramount importance through rigorous health and safety and risk assessment procedures. 

From 2021/22 onwards, we will prioritise the securing of enriching, flexible, and, most importantly, safe in-person placement positions for our various programmes. However, we will continue to offer various remote-working positions for those who are less comfortable with, or medically advised against face-to-face contact at this time. 

For more information, please contact Faculty Placements Manager, Steve Vaccarini.

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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


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