Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

POLIS Paid Student Internships

25 March 2011 |

Looking for 2 weeks paid work after your exams? Interested in finding out more about the skills you gain as part of your degree? This opportunity might be for you.

The School of Politics and International Studies is looking for three level 1/2 students to undertake a two week paid internship exploring the link between research and employability. Interns will be paid £300 per week.

The school has secured TESS funding to employ 3 level 2 or Level One students to work on a project linking research skills and employability. The aim is to map key employability skills onto the research cycle and to identify where in each module these skills can be found. This project therefore starts off from the premise that employability skills are already embedded within the curriculum in POLIS but that more can be done to make the students aware of both the skills they obtain from the School and also how these skills develop. Employability is about making sure students are aware of the generic skills they gain as part of their degree alongside the subject specific knowledge. As such it is a key strategic aim of the School and the University.

The interns will

  • Identify and map where on the stages of research cycle the top ten key skills demanded by employers lie (inc involvement of Faculty careers advisor)
  • Audit the skills identified in each module (Leeds for Life box, assessment tasks etc) and map these onto the research cycle/key employability indices for each module
  • Produce a programme specific report which identifies generic and programme specific skills students obtain at each level of study that can be distributed to students and put on School website
  • Survey alumni to understand the role of skills in finding their first position using survey monkey
  • The interns will also be expected to present their findings to programme meetings in Semester One 2011/12, October 2011 and if accepted the Learning and Teaching Conference 2012 (hence the opportunity is only open to current level 1 and 2 students)

You will also be expected to present your findings to programme meetings in Semester One 2011/12, October 2011 and if accepted the Learning and Teaching Conference 2012 (hence the opportunity is only open to current level 1 and 2 students)

Person Specification

  • Good academic performance to date
  • Interest in research and/or employability
  • Good communication skills
  • Detailed knowledge of at least one of POLIS’s undergraduate programmes
  • The ability (or willingness to learn) to use survey tool like survery monkey would be an advantage


Application process
Please submit a CV and covering letter (outlining why you want the post, what skills you have and how the opportunity will help your studies/future career) to Dr. Simon Lightfoot by close of play April 6 2011.

A small panel will shortlist candidates with interviews for shortlisted candidates taking place on 3 and 4 May.

Start date 23 May 2011 (but can be negotiated).

(for advice on CVs etc please contact POLIS Careers Consultant, Dr. Steve Carter

Further information

  • The student will receive £300 per week for 2 weeks
  • The student will not be able to take other paid work during this period.
  • The University of Leeds will own data generated/copyright of the work.
  • Note also that the data and any outputs of the research project could not be used as part of the student’s dissertation although this could inform the work they subsequently undertook for their dissertation

This opportunity arises from the Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law (ESSL) Teaching Enhancement & Student Success (TESS) Funds

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