Global Placement Grant – Volunteering with Travelteer in Nepal

by Emily Humphries, 2nd Year, Law LLB Hons I was given the opportunity to travel to Nepal as a part of the Global Placement Grant with the University of Nottingham, and in accepting the chance to go, I had the most incredible and worthwhile experience. As a law student, I am focused towards achieving justice …

Global Placement Grant – Legal Practice Internship in Valencia, Spain.

by Emily Birkett, Law student  I had the wonderful opportunity this summer to travel to Valencia and work alongside a Spanish criminal lawyer thanks to Euroace; an organisation offering cultural exchange projects in partnership with International Volunteer HQ, the world’s largest volunteer travel organisation. During my two weeks there, I also met people on many …

Global Placement Grant – Volunteering with Refugee Support EU in Cyprus

by Sihaam Ali, third year Politics and International Relations student During August I went to Nicosia, Cyprus to volunteer with Refugee Support EU. During my time there I had a range of responsibilities including working in the market, registering new members, creating food cards, creating CVs, and standing at the door to greet people and …

My Placement with Think for the Future

by Megan Mahoney, Geography student During the Easter break, I was fortunate enough to do a placement with the Lenton-based company ‘Think for the Future’. They specialise in peer mentoring for primary and secondary school children across England. I thoroughly enjoyed my three weeks with them and have lots to share about my experience! The …

Global Placement Grant – Social development Volunteer for Travelteer in Nepal

by Sophie James, Politics and International Relations student  I had the opportunity to travel to Nepal and participate in work experience with Travelteer alongside SAHAS, a Nepalese non-profit, non-governmental social development organisation. My role involved working at schools in the vulnerable and socially excluded areas around the city of Pokhara, improving the accessibility to nutrition …

My placement with Royal United Services Institute

by Samuel Bruning, Politics and International Relations student  I was recently fortunate to conduct a placement with the Royal United Services Institute, the defence and security studies think tank. RUSI are an award-winning think tank, highly regarded for its analysis, and with a formidable reputation. Therefore, while taking on a placement with them was daunting, …

From Volunteer to Employee! – My placement at The Pythian Club

by Nicole Gleeson 2nd year Geography with Business student In my second year I applied for a placement at The Pythian Club as a HR/ Finance assistant. I was drawn to this opportunity since I was unsure of what career path I wanted to pursue after university, so I wanted to develop new skills and …

My placement at B-Global

by Wesley Perkin Donson 3rd year Politics and International Relations student  Whilst studying for my Politics and International Relations degree, I was interested in gaining some vital experience in a variety of fields, namely marketing and consultancy. I was then made aware of the NAA placement which would allow me to undertake a placement from …

My Term Time Placement at the Environment Agency

by Adino Tirtakusuma postgraduate Law student  I first applied to the Faculty one day a week placement programme to the role of Regulated Industry Project Support Intern with the Environment Agency as I wanted to leverage my legal background and gain a practical insight into how businesses are regulated. At a high level, my role …

Research Internship with Data Driven Discovery Initiative (3Di)

by Ellen Partington 3rd year Politics and International Relations student During the summer of 2021 I undertook a virtual placement as a research intern, through the q-step placement scheme offered exclusively to second students who undertake the pathway, with the Data Driven Discovery Initiative (3Di) based at the University of Nottingham with the Managing Director …

My placement at Cerebral Palsy Sport

by Xixi Zhao Nottingham University Business School PGR student  When I became a new postgraduate student, I received an email about applying for a Nottingham Advantage Award. I am so curious about what is that at the beginning? Therefore I clicked the website and read the relevant information. After that I decided to choose the …

International Police Association placement

by Hannah Howling 3rd year Geography At the beginning of third year, I received an email advertising the opportunity to apply for an NAA placement. After speculating about what I wanted to go on to do after my final year, the placement with the International Police Association really stood out for me due to its …

Ditchley Placement as part of the Faculty Widening Participation Placements Programme

2nd Year Politics and Economics student This summer I was fortunate enough to be part of the Summer Internship at Ditchley which primarily was a researching role for their new database and app alongside a team of around 20-30 other interns. Throughout my time at Ditchley, I gained numerous skills, deeper awareness of the world …

Raleigh International

by Nicola Speakman BSc Economics Raleigh International is a youth-driven organisation supporting a global movement of young people to lead action by connecting them with the skills, networks, platforms and experiences. They work globally to promote the role of young people in decision making and civil society, creating meaningful youth employment and enterprise, protecting vulnerable …

Research Placement at Enodo Economics

by Ben Pearse  BSc Economics Whilst studying for my Economics degree, I have tried to acquire work experience by getting involved in societies and participating in the NAA programme. The NAA Placement scheme helps to develop new skills, consolidate others and then reflect on your experience. After browsing through the range of placements, Enodo Economics …

From Intern to Employee!

by Simran Harichand, MSc Marketing, January 2021-22 As my degree drew to a close, I believed that I would benefit from some experience in the marketing space. With an interest in digital marketing, I was looking for something that would enable me to merge my digital marketing knowledge with practical experience. This need for practical experience …

Government Communications Service (GCS) Internship for the Civil Service

By Amirah Hussain, UoN Politics and International Relations graduate This is the  civil service’s annual diversity programme exclusively for BAME and low income students in their final two years of study.  It is a paid programme.  Read more here: https://gcs.civilservice.gov.uk/career/progress-your-career/internship/ The GCS internship programme gives university students and recent graduates, specifically from BAME backgrounds and/or …

My placement at Enodo Economics as a Research Intern

by Wenjiao Hu, PhD Candidate – School of Economics Many times during my PhD, I considered getting some work experience to add to my resume before completing my studies. I came across an email about an internship opportunity sent by the faculty of social sciences and decided to give it a try. I got an …

My placement at Rainbow Parent Carers Forum as a Business Support Officer’

Emma Jones, Year 4 Politics and French As a Business Support Officer for Rainbow Parent Carers Forum (PCF), I have gained invaluable hands-on experience for a charity/NGO. Rainbow PCF’s main aim is to support families, parents and carers of children or young adults who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Nottingham. My own …

My Regulated Industry placement at The Environment Agency’

by Kwabena Gyan-Amponsah, PhD Candidate – School of Geography Throughout the course of my PhD, I have on several occasions pondered over the idea of getting some work experience to add to my CV before completion and starting a job search. I happened to chance upon an email about internship opportunities in the faculty of social …

My internships at The Environment Agency Incident Management and Flood Technical Support Officer at Trent River Trust

by Caith Petro MSc Environmental Leadership and Management 2020/21 When I started my MSc Environmental Leadership and management course one of my major concerns was how I was going to gain the relevant experience in the environmental sector that is important in my career progress. This was particularly daunting as an international student because I had no …

My placement as a content editor at FMB radio

By Iain Messore, 1st year History and Politics undergraduate In my second semester, I was fortunate enough to take part in a placement at FMB radio as a content editor. I was responsible for researching, writing and producing a three-part podcast series on the movement against racist statues in the light of the Black Lives …

My placement with Trent Rivers Trust

By Hannah Bonham (MSc Environmental Leadership and Management) At the start of my first term on the Environmental Leadership and Management course I was made aware of a variety of placement opportunities and decided to apply for a 10-week placement with Trent Rivers Trust. I worked in a small team on a project for Derbyshire …

My PALs teaching placement and best tips on getting a DBS check

By Libby Grunwald (Sociology BA) When I received the emails informing us about applying for placements, I was initially weary and worried that I wouldn’t be capable, managing both assigned university work and committing to a placement. However, I took the jump and told myself it will push me to gain new experience, which now …

Tips on DBS checks for my placement working with young adults at Phoenix Aspirational Learning

Isobel Grace Flude, 2nd Year LLB Law Student Through the placement programme at the School of Law and Social Sciences, I was lucky enough to spend a semester working at Phoenix, an alternative provision school for young people approaching the end of their educational career whom the state system has not been able to adapt …

My placement at Aspley Foundation

by Pari Jevant (Sociology & Social Policy) In the Autumn term of 2020 I began a placement with Aspley Partnership, an organisation that seeks to minimise poverty in the local Aspley area in Nottingham. I was employed as a student researcher, and my role broadly involved researching anti-poverty strategies and discovering ways to implement them …

My Data Science Placement at UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service)

By Dan Shelley, 2nd year BSc Economics student During the first semester of my second year, I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to undertake a placement as a data scientist at UCAS. I learnt of this placement through the Faculty of Social Sciences. This was a 10-week placement during which myself and …

My placement at Manchester and East Midlands Rail Action Partnership (MEMRAP)

By Caitlin Lyng (Geography; Environmental  Leadership & Management MSc) At the end of my first semester on the Environmental Leadership and Management MSc course, I decided to apply for a placement with the Manchester and East Midlands Rail Action Partnership (MEMRAP) and began my 10-week role as a research intern in February 2021. MEMRAP is …

My Nottinghamshire County Council placement

by Karan Khera (Economics, 2nd year UG) During the autumn semester in the 2nd year of my Economics undergraduate degree, I was fortunate to be successful in my application for an internship at the Nottinghamshire County Council (NCC) Programmes and Projects team. Given the difficulties created by the COVID-19 pandemic and the constraints of remote …

My Placement Year at BDO (Binder Dijker Otte)

by Vishnu Pisharodi (Finance Accountancy & Management) Thinking about a doing a placement year? Have questions about how to start and what it will be like? Hopefully, my experience so far will help you answer some questions you have. Hi, I am a finance, accounting and management student, who is currently completing an optional placement …

My Placement at FMB Radio as a Content Researcher

by Harriet Gomme 3rd yr BA Politics and international Relations In semester 1 of my third year as a Politics and International Relations student, I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to undertake a placement as a content researcher at FMB Radio, Nottingham. The role involved writing three articles a week on current …

Internship at Pathways Housing Solutions

by Charlotte Allen Geography At the start of October 2020, I undertook a 10 week placement through the Faculty of Social Science’s placement program at Pathway Housing Solutions. My role within this organisation was a researcher within the Housing Crisis and Housing Inequality Team. The project’s aim is to provide an analysis of housing needs …

Placement with Fearless Youth Association

by Saffron Dusanjh  2nd year Ecomonics Whilst in my first term of my second year of my economics degree, I decided to undertake a placement with Fearless Youth Association, a non-profit organisation that focuses on assisting young people with developing valuable skills. Their goal is to expand the horizon of opportunities available to young people, …

Government Communication Service Internships Programme

By Sana Sattar Politics & International Relations Undergraduate The GCS programme gives university students, specifically from BAME backgrounds, the opportunity to experience what it’s like to work in Civil Service communications, ranging from press teams, digital and internal communications. The placement lasts for a minimum of 3 weeks and you can be allocated to any …

Politics Placements Module internship at Ditchley Foundation

by Alex Potts, Politics and International Relations During the autumn semester of 2020 I undertook a remote placement with the Ditchley Foundation, an organisation that hosts regular conferences throughout the year with the aim of sustaining ‘peace, freedom and order’. My role was to aid in the development of their database; a form of networking …

Internship with GluoNNet

by Dominik Sitarek , Politics and Internal Relations student At the start of June of 2020, I began a placement at a company called GluoNNet, broadly speaking I am a data science intern. It would not be an overstatement to say it has been life changing, ithas opened doors I did not know existed. The …

Commercial Law Centre & School of Law Internship Partnership with World Bank Group

Commercial Law Centre & School of Law Internship Partnership with World Bank Group Intern Feedback by Margaux Seeuws (LLM) Please tell us about your placement organisation and the role you undertook? I joined the Insolvency and Debt Resolution team of the World Bank Group on September 1st for a 3 month-internship. Although I was not …

Baillie-Gifford – ‘Alternative Intern 2020’

by Ashley Lewis,  School of Sociology PhD student Baille-Gifford run an annual internship competition annually, with a  £5k fund towards research costs.  On their website they note “We’re looking for people who are curious about the world around them. People who combine intellect, insights and a fresh perspective.”  Those selected for the internship complete four …

Ministry of Defence/DSTL placement and USSTRATCOM Deterrence Symposium

Ministry of Defence/DSTL placement and USS TRATCOM Deterrence Symposium by Maryam Zafar 3rd year UG Politics and International Relations Last year I had the incredible opportunity to undertake a 10-week placement through the Faculty of Social Science’s placement program at the UK Defence Science and Technology Lab (DSTL). Iresearched and wrote a paper on deterrence strategy …

My experience conducting research with the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) and the Deterrence and Assurance Academic Alliance (DAAA)

by Murry Liptrot student at the School of Politics & International Relations This placement took place as part of the School of Politics & International Relations Placements module.  This remote research placement provided me with the opportunity to complete an independent piece of research/report focusing on any area within the general study of deterrence. The …

My Experience at Peopletoo in Nottingham – Arinade Bademosi

by Arinade Bademosi final year undergraduate in Politics and International Relations For the duration of the second term of my final year as a Politics and International Relations Undergraduate, I interned at Peopletoo as a Marketing Assistant. My role was to engage with the company’s work, creating marketing content, devising and implementing brand strategy, and …

Research Project Manager – Chloé Havez – Mojatu Foundation & Pathway Housing Solutions.

by Chloé Havez –  student studying within the School of Politics and International Relations What drew me to this role was the opportunity to contribute to the Mojatu Foundation and Pathway Housing Solution’s ‘Hidden’ project, which focused on increasing awareness of BME hidden homelessness in Nottingham, which is a markedly under researched area as academics …

Chloé Havez – Manuscripts and Special Collections Archival Assistant Internship

by Chloé Havez – student studying within the School of Politics and International Relations During my second semester of third year I applied to undertake an Archival Assistant placement with the University of Nottingham’s Manuscripts & Special Collections department. The role involved specifically conducting archival research into the work of Ken Coates, a socialist politician …

My experience at Phoenix Aspirational Learning Support in Nottingham

by Aleksandra Lasak studying within the School of Sociology and Social Policy During the Spring semester of my second year at the University of Nottingham, I decided to undertake a placement not only to embellish my CV and gain some work experience before graduating, but also to challenge myself and put into practice some of …

Global Entrepreneurs UK in Turkey

by Natasha O’Connor 2nd year Geography February 2020 I left Nottingham and flew out to the capital city of Turkey to attend a week long digital training programme. The best part: it was completely free. My week was fully funded by the European Union under the Erasmus+ scheme; an EU programme to support education, training, …

My Experience as a Business Partnership Officer at the Nottingham City Council 2020

by Tsemaye Salami, School of Law, Second Year LLB. As one who natural seeks the next opportunity available, once I got the email from my University regarding placement opportunities, I jumped at it immediately. Beyond its embellishment on my CV, I longed for the experience, the exposure, and the growth. Despite being a law student, …

My Experience as a DSTL Deterrence and Assurance Research Intern and the 2020 United States Strategic Command (STRATCOM) Conference

by Maryam Zafar 2nd year UG Politics and International Relations As I began my second year at university, I made the decision to undertake a term-time placement under one of the programs provided by the Faculty of Social Sciences. Through partnering with a number of organisations, the Faculty provides these opportunities and advertises them through …

Government Communications Service Internship Reflections

By Siddharth Basu, 4th year, International Security and Terrorism MA I had the brilliant opportunity of spending last summer interning with the communications team at the Department of Transport in London. This was apart of the Government Communications Service (GCS) internship that seeks to introduce a wide range of communication disciplines to students from diverse …

Global Placement Grant – Student bloggers visit Nottingham

By Lauren Pinkney,  BSc Hons Economics At the start of the academic year, I took on the role of ‘student blogger’ for Visit Nottinghamshire. Being a ‘student blogger’ involves attending events and local businesses in and writing up your experiences to inform other potential visitors. Visit Nottinghamshire is the tourist board for the county. It …

Rosie May Foundation Internship reflections… blog and a video

Additional blog information from Noor and Sutharshini is available at the Rosie May website https://www.rosie-may.com/blog/ Sutharshini Jeyathaas – School of Economics “I travelled to Nepal as a research intern for Rosie May Foundation which is an international charity who help children in crisis. My role consisted of conducting research into children’s academic life in mountain …

Global Placement Grant – volunteer at Rosie May Foundation in Nepal

by Sutharshini Jeyathaas, 2nd year, BSc Hons Economics I travelled to Nepal as a research intern for Rosie May Foundation which is an international charity who help children in crisis. My role consisted of conducting research into children’s academic life in mountain schools. We had to assess how volunteers can contribute, including research on the specific skills …

Global Placement Grant – Volunteer at refugee camp in Croatia

by Janice Fordjour 1st year, Law LLB I travelled to Croatia for 6 weeks as a volunteer at a refugee camp. I was fortunate enough to be able to assist in English classes. We worked with the Red cross whilst there but the project was organised by AIESEC. My role also included leading my own …

Global Placement Grant – Volunteer at 24th World Scout Jamboree West Virginia, USA

By Matthew House, 2nd year, BSc Finance, Accounting & Management For my placement I travelled to the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia, USA as part of the International Service Team for the 24th World Scout Jamboree. My specific role was working as part of the UK Food House team which involve, taking orders and …

Global Placement Grant – Education Intern with the Rosie May Foundation in Pokhara, Nepal

by Chloé Havez 2nd year, Politics & International Relations I travelled to Nepal and stayed in the city of Pokhara. My placement was with the Rosie May Foundation, and I undertook the role of Education Intern. This position entailed planning and delivering sports & English lessons to children in state-funded Nepalese schools which were located …

Reflections on an internship as Events Manager for a local NGO in Chengdu province, China

By Elspeth Turner: 3rd year MSci International Relations & Global Issues. I travelled to Chengdu, China to complete a month-long placement at an NGO. The NGO’s main goals were the development and promotion of community culture and creating a harmonious community atmosphere, building community cultural soft power and promoting cultural reform, and a development of …