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Think Pacific: A Summer With a Difference in Fiji

By Sam Killick, International Relations and Global Issues graduate At the start of August, I had the pleasure of travelling out to Fiji and participating in one of Think Pacific’s month-long Community Build Expeditions after receiving support from the University’s International Work Experience Grant! This blog will tell you a little bit more about the …

Boosting My Fieldwork Skills In Croatia – A Work Experience Like No Other

By Ellen Blackmore, Environmental Science graduate Me and my placement: After completing my MSci degree in Environmental Science, I was lucky enough to spend two weeks volunteering as a Research Assistant with Operation Wallacea in the stunning country of Croatia. Operation Wallacea is an organisation of academics and field biologists who run biodiversity and conservation …

A Sea of New Possibilities: How a Month in Mexico Helped Shape My Future Career

By Jack Roberts, Zoology graduate The International Work Experience Grant (IWEG) offers funding to University of Nottingham undergraduate students to support overseas work experience. IWEG is designed to enable students to undertake work experience opportunities that they might not otherwise be able to afford, such as paid internships with a private sector business, a volunteering opportunity, …

First Steps in the Jungle: An Insight Into My First Research Placement as an Aspiring Conservationist.

By Iona Felfeli, third year Zoology student  Beginning to think about life beyond university is daunting, however this past summer, I took my first step. I completed a two-week research expedition with Operation Wallacea in the Calakmul Biosphere reserve in Mexico. This expedition runs every year and monitors changes in biodiversity of both the flora and …

Explore Work Experience Opportunities Overseas in Summer 2023

As we look ahead to 2023, it is a good time now for students to start considering their options and making plans. Overseas experience provides students with the opportunity to build a wide range of skills and professional competencies whilst at the same time adding that unique experience of immersing yourself in different cultures and …

International Work Experience Grant – Junelle’s Story

By Junelle Ayettey, philosophy student My placement Environment360 is a non-profit organisation that helps communities create inclusive integrated waste systems that help residents harness the full value of their waste stream. The organisation created the first successful plastic recycling scheme in Ghana for communities and has since gone on to collect more than 200 tonnes …

Work Experience, Placements and Internships in a Pandemic

By Chris Colegate, Careers and Employability Placement Consultant In ‘normal’ circumstances it is competitive trying to find work experience. For many students in the current climate, it is fair to say this has become even more challenging.  But – and it’s a big but – it is not all doom and gloom in terms of …

If I Can’t Travel Abroad, How Can I Get International Work Experience?

By Jill Bennett, Placements Project and Systems Co-ordinator As the global pandemic rumbles on, we all face restrictions and changes to our plans. We constantly hear how important it is to get work experience in all its forms, including international experience. But is that possible? Yes, it is. Read on to find how you can …

International Work Experience Grant – Ana’s story

By Ana Paredes Cimadevilla, nutrition and dietetics student Are you interested in undertaking work experience in another country, but worried about the cost? The International Work Experience Grant can offer up to £750 to support you. Read on to hear about Ana’s experience: My placement I travelled to Mombasa in Kenya, with an organisation called …

A Camp America experience: what I’ve learned

By Annie Brown, MA Creative Writing student blogger The ‘summer of a lifetime’ at Camp America can be incredibly fun. It is also a fantastic opportunity that can transform your career prospects. Alongside getting to travel and meet lifelong friends, it boosted my employability skills greatly. It helped me become more confident, positive and ambitious, …