Careers and employability

Graduates from the School have gone on to work in a range of careers, with recent graduates working with organisations such as the United Nations, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, local authorities in the UK and overseas and the Department for International Development.

The School takes employability very seriously and as well as linking students to the central careers services, also incorporates opportunities to enhance their employment prospects, including highlighting work experience opportunities, encouraging volunteering in extra-curricular projects (such as student seminars and events) and by inviting backgrounds for students to meet. More information about careers and employability.

Careers Support for Work Experience and Internships

The Careers and Employability Centre provides a dedicated service to help you find work experience or internship opportunities outside of your studies, either part-time during term-time, or over the summer vacation. Right from the start of your degree you will have access to our interactive careers service, through which many regional, national and international employers advertise their vacancies, and your college internship officers will go out and about to find vacancies that will be a useful addition to your CV. 

Find out more about support for:

Case studies:

Student profile: Lauren Boon, International Relations with French (Year Abroad)

Description
I spent the third year of my degree studying abroad, at France Sciences Po, in Lyon, France.
Date:
17 January 2014

Student profile: Evgeniya Chalakova, International Relations with German (4th year)

Description
As part of the study abroad scheme I spent the third year of my degree studying in Berlin, Germany at the Free University of Berlin.
Date:
17 January 2014

Student report: James Bowker, WUDC Berlin 2013

Description
James Bowker, an International Relations BA 2nd year student took part in the 33rd World Universities Debating Championship (WUDC) hosted by the Berlin Debating Union (BDU), Berlin, Germany 2013.
Date:
07 January 2014

Student report: Ioana Cerasella Chis, Policy Intern in the Corporate Resources department at Birmingham City Council (2013)

Description
This summer I have been a Policy Intern in the Corporate Resources department at Birmingham City Council (BCC). As a Political Science and Sociology student, I have been interested in working in a Local Government institution. That was because I wanted to find out more about the possibilities and limitations of the public sector in collaborating with, and supporting community organisations. Given my current interests and knowledge generated from my two years of study at Birmingham I found that the internship met my expectations and provided valuable insights.
Date:
08 October 2013

Student profile: Ioana-Cristina Moraru, Human Rights Internship, Argentina

Description
Iona-Cristina's two month placement focused primarily on practical work within the Fundacion Ciudadanos del Mundo organisation in Argentina.
Date:
01 February 2013

Student report: Mathew Clarke, Hamburg MUN (December 2012)

Description
Mathew Clarke, an MA International Relations (International Political Economy) Student in POLSIS took part in the Hamburg MUN (December 2012).
Date:
08 January 2013