The University of Kent has developed good relations with the Brussels community, in particular with public relations firms, NGOs and international organisations. This gives our students the opportunity to pursue internships. In addition, our students and alumni comprise a tightly-knit network through which internship opportunities pass frequently.
Internships can be voluntary or paid (non-EU students have the right in Belgium to apply for a work permit allowing them to work 20 hours a week). Our students have held internships at all major EU institutions, NATO, Hill and Knowlton (global PR agency), Ogilvy and Mather (global marketing agency), the US Chamber of Commerce in Brussels, as well as numerous NGOs and local associations.
European Centre for Public Affairs (ECPA)
We also have a very close working relationship with the European Centre for Public Affairs (ECPA) which gives students access to the public affairs arm of major international companies and organisations. Through the ECPA's Research and Publications Committee, you can undertake research projects for international companies and then use the material for your dissertation.
We also work with key2advance, a career advice and coaching organisation, to guarantee the provision of several internships for our students. These range from one to six months in duration and can be in organisations such as:
- the European Parliament
- Brussels-based United Nations agencies
- European Commission communications agencies
- public affairs companies
- research organisations
- think tanks
- migration organisations.
Internship for Credit
You can undertake one internship as an integral part of your academic programme. Although the credit does not count towards your degree, you can gain valuable work experience in an institution, international organisation or company in Brussels.
It gave me the opportunity to put into practice the knowledge I gained from the module.