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. 

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Case studies (2013/14):

Patrick Pitts, Internship at the US Congress, Washington, D.C. (Summer 2014)

Patrick Pitts, Internship at the US Congress, Washington, D.C. (Summer 2014)

Description
My internship was by far the hardest experience I've ever underwent; when you're working for someone whose schedule frequently includes "meeting with POTUS" (President of the United States), you know that a lot is expected of you.
Evgeniya Chalakova, Professional Development Module - Case Study Chamber of Commerce (2014)

Evgeniya Chalakova, Professional Development Module - Case Study Chamber of Commerce (2014)

Description
Course: BA International Relations with German.
Geraldine Tovey, Graduate Internship - Health Exchange (2014)

Geraldine Tovey, Graduate Internship - Health Exchange (2014)

Description
Geraldine studied International Relations and graduated in 2012. During her degree she focused on the political side of the course and completed internships within MP's offices in Birmingham, as well as part time jobs in retail.

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2012/13

Charlie Winch, Internship at the Westminster based think-tank the Institute of Economic Affairs (2013)

Charlie Winch, Internship at the Westminster based think-tank the Institute of Economic Affairs (2013)

Description
The IEA is the UK's original free-market thinktank and its mission statement is "to improve understanding of the fundamental institutions of a free society by analysing and expounding the role of markets in solving economic and social problems". Andrew Marr credited the institute with being"...undoubtedly the most influential think tank in modern British history".
Paula Stoleru, Internship at Birmingham City Council (2013)

Paula Stoleru, Internship at Birmingham City Council (2013)

Description
The project I was assigned during this internship focused on mapping the Third Sector organisations that are active in four different wards of Birmingham. This involved liaising with the managers of organisations, and other people involved in voluntary activities as well as local authorities such as councilors, police officers and policy advisors in order to gain as much information as possible regarding the level of cooperation between the 'public' and the 'third sector'.
Ioana Cerasella Chis, Policy Intern in the Corporate Resources department at Birmingham City Council (2013)

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.
Katherine Nichol, Intern Birmingham City Council (2013)

Katherine Nichol, Intern Birmingham City Council (2013)

Description
During my four-week summer placement at Birmingham City Council, my role was based around shadowing the Director of Local Services.

Ayesha Harris, Microfinance Intern, Opportunity International, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Description
During the internship Ayesha's role was to create factsheets that would enable head office and the branch managers to better understand the characteristics of the small businesses that they lend to. She analysed data from the client applications as well as their stock information and loan data.

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. Iona-Cristina planned her opportunity through an agency called Connect-123. Iona-Cristina's duties included helping immigrants and refugees who were in positions of social and legal vulnerability.

Sociology 'Prize Pitch' Video Project

Description
The aim of this project was to boost the employability, presentation skills and confidence of undergraduate Sociology students.

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Funding for work placements, research placements and internships
The Careers and Employability Centre offer a range of award schemes for students from a range of backgrounds that are looking to undertake a variety of work experience placements and internships.

 

Latest alumni profiles

Ana Speed, Sociology BA (2009)

Description
I have always had a keen interest in social structures and interactions and studying social sciences at the University of Birmingham provided me opportunity to critically engage with key political, social and economic issues facing contemporary societies.

Nadine Baldwick, BA Sociology and Philosophy

Description
My advice to anyone considering studying at Birmingham would be to make the most of your time at university by supplementing your degree with other activities.

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