Our students study across a wide range of disciplines in the arts, humanities and social sciences. They have the opportunity to undertake a variety of work related learning activities during their time at Queen's including work placements, study year abroad, leadership programmes, employer workshops, volunteering, enterprise and other extra-curricular activities.
Enhancing student employability
BA Philosophy and Politics: Politics Placement Module
The module enabled me to do a 12 week placement in the Department for Communities, where I was part of the Sports Branch helping to develop a new Sports and Physical Activity Policy for Northern Ireland. As part of the Internship I was to produce an academic project, which was to be used by the Sports Branch, so I was very lucky by being given a project that would help towards developing a real policy for the Northern Irish Assembly. The skills gained during the 12 weeks will help me for life, and would not have been learnt if I wasn’t to have taken the placement. I was given real responsibility and deadlines for work, which has vastly improved my time management and my communication skills. I found the internship eye opening as it gave me the chance to see what working in the civil service would really be like, and a clearer idea of possible career options as well as adding practical aspect to a majority essay based degree, which helped develop my employability prospects.
BA English: Summer Placement, BBC Newsround
With future aspirations of being a journalist, I was successful in securing a two-week placement at BBC Newsround at MediaCityUK in Salford. My two main tasks during the placement were drafting articles and conducting research. I was most proud of my research for a story about the anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality. My task was to find an older gay man and a younger relative of his that would be a suitable contributor for Newsround’s audience. This proved a very difficult task and involved making many phone calls, sending emails and using social media to get in touch with over one hundred LGBT charities. My hard work eventually paid off and I was very proud to see this film come together, knowing that without me being there to spend so long finding the participants, this important film could not have been made. My two week placement was a fantastic introduction to journalism and gave me skills that should serve me well for my future career aspirations.