Politics and IR Internship - PO675

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2018-19
Canterbury Autumn
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6 15 (7.5) DR FD Grundig




This module is not available to short term/exchange students. Stage 3 only. Places on the module are strictly limited and are only available to students in the School of Politics and International Relations (single and joint Honours); students will be required to attend an interview and participation in the module is subject to students obtaining their own internship.



This module blends practical workplace experience, in the form of an internship in the area of politics and international relations, with taught workshops and private study. The internship will allow students to experience first-hand the practical application of their degree subject in the wider world of work, and will provide the opportunity to develop transferable skills such as teamwork, communication and self-organisation. The taught workshops will provide an opportunity to reflect upon, and develop, knowledge of the sector and its relationship with the academic field of study, using the student's internship experiences and a range of other resources. Students will also examine learning theory and consider the value of experiential learning experiences within Higher Education.

It will be the student's responsibility to source and apply for internship opportunities, but assistance will be provided both by the School's Employability, Alumni Manager, and the University's Careers and Employability Service. These opportunities should be in an organisation whose aims and activities are broadly related to politics and international relations, and the internship should reflect these activities and give the student the opportunity to work in a way which allows the module learning objectives to be achieved. Students on pre-approved School-administered internships will also be eligible to take this module.

The internship must consist of at least 60 hours of work, but this may be spread across a number of days / weeks and need not be a full-time position. The module convenor will approve of all internship opportunities prior to their commencement and students are advised to liaise closely with the module convenor and other appropriate staff in good time. Internships must finish by the date of the final seminar, and the School will provide all documentation and relevant insurance / health and safety checks to ensure that the placement meets both University and sector requirements and guidance on work-related learning opportunities. Students who fail to complete necessary paperwork relating to their internship and the module will be unable to proceed.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Students will be provided with support and help in preparing for the internship through a group workshop and at least one individual support meeting (4 hours in total). Following the internship, students will participate in five two-hour seminars during which students will reflect upon their internship experiences, consider the synthesis of their experiences with their academic studies and prepare for assessment (10 hours in total).

Method of assessment

100% Coursework (50% essay, 35% portfolio, 15% presentation)

Indicative reading

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will:

1. Be able to apply concepts, theories and methods used in the study of politics to the analysis of political issues
2. Have learned how the intellectual knowledge gained through university study can be applied to a variety of practical work-based tasks and issues;
3. Have gained an awareness and understanding of the nature of work within the broad politics field, and of some of the key knowledge-based and practical issues facing employees and organisations
4. Have developed an understanding of the value of work-based learning opportunities for students of Politics and International Relations, and been able to communicate this understanding to fellow students.
5. Have developed a set of learning and practical skills related to the work undertaken in the placement organisation.

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