Kings Internships

Considering part-time work alongside your degree? Wanting to develop new skills through a paid internship?

Many students chose to engage in part-time work to help fund their studies or to gain skills to help with employability. Knowing this we thought we would share some opportunities which are available exclusively to KCL students!

Finding & Applying to Opportunities

New opportunities will be posted on King’s CareerConnect, over the next few months. Please note that if you are interested in applying for the Summer Scheme vacancies, you must first locate the ‘Exclusive Internships for King’s Students’ tab, and click ‘Search and apply’.  You can also find the Kings Internship Team on Facebook. They regularly post alerts to all new vacancies on their Facebook page so why not like their page so you don’t miss an opportunity!

For a flavour of what schemes you could be applying for, please see the list of opportunities currently being advertised below;

Part Time Schemes

Deadline  Opportunity title Deadline  Company
26-Mar-17 Research Interns Solvency ii Wire
29-Mar-17 General Admin Intern Bahati Books
29-Mar-17 Marketing Intern Bahati Books
31-Mar-17 E-Learning Content Production Interns TechQuarters
13-Apr-17 Business Engagement Intern Bisi Alimi Foundation
13-Apr-17 Communication and Research Intern Bisi Alimi Foundation
13-Apr-17 Fellowship Coordinator Intern Bisi Alimi Foundation

Summer Schemes

Deadline  Opportunity title Company
27-Mar-17 PR, Marketing & Social Media Intern LID Helmets
29-Mar-17 Scientific Product Stewardship Intern Cuts Ice Ltd
29-Mar-17 Packaging Design Intern Cuts Ice Ltd
01-Apr-17 Data Science Intern Printastic
02-Apr-17 Health Project Manager / Account Executive Intern Partizan international Limited
03-Apr-17 In-House Nutrition Consultant Intern Kafoodle
03-Apr-17 Marketing and Social Media Intern Kafoodle
06-Apr-17 Business Project Intern Celgene
06-Apr-17 Business Intern Stadn Ltd
07-Apr-17 Data Analytics Intern Prudential Plc
07-Apr-17 Healthcare Programmes and Communications Intern Four Health Communications
08-Apr-17 Scientific Summer Analyst/Consultant Intern Biolacuna Ltd.
09-Apr-17 DevOps Infrastructure Engineer Intern LiveWyer Ltd
13-Apr-17 Psychology Intern Spoonful of Sugar
15-Apr-17 Marketing Intern WeAreWaterloo Business Improvement District (BID)

 

If you have questions or would like to meet the Internship Team why not go along to meet them! Here are the details of where and when you can find them:

 Date  Time  Campus  Precise Location
Thursday 23rd March 11am – 2pm Strand Second Floor, Corridor outside Chapters Cafe
 Thursday 2nd May 11am – 2pm  Waterloo FWB, Level 1, Alcove outside library
Wednesday 3rd May  11am – 2pm  Guy’s Ground Floor, New Hunt’s House
Friday 5th May  11am – 2pm  Strand (Maughan) Entrance to the Maughan library

Idea Factory

Idea Factory is King’s College London’s flagship idea generation competition. It aims to discover the biggest and best ideas from across the university that have the potential to grow into ventures.

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It’s a chance to develop your skills and win amazing prizes.

Whatever your interest or passion, we want you to get creative and submit your ideas for new innovations, products or services.

Entry is open to King’s students, staff and alumni (of up to three years) across all faculties and departments.

The competition is now open until Monday, 16 January 2017.

For full details, visit the King’s Idea Factory website

 

Research Consultant Internship Position

The Association for the British Pharmaceutical Industry are seeking a Research Consultant to work within their Research, Medical and Innovation Department. Work to be carried out will include:

  • Analysing survey results
  • Considering evidence from other recent surveys in comparison with these findings
  • Identifying the major concerns
  • Reviewing current activity by Research Councils, Science Industry Partnership, other funders of education and training (such as Wellcome Trust) and other stakeholders to identify how well these concerns are currently being addressed
  • Considering additional activity which could be considered, for discussion with stakeholders
  • Organising stakeholder event
  • Drafting a report of the findings and recommendations

For more details and to apply, please click here. Closing deadline is 11th March.

 

Careers in Management Consultancy … notes from the Career Spotlight 28 January  

Contributed by Laura Mackenzie, Head of King’s Careers & Employability

Last Wednesday saw the latest in our series of Career Spotlight events for research students. The focus was on management consultancy and the following speakers attended to talk about their transition from a PhD to consulting roles:

  • Lauren Carter, Pete Colman and Sophie Decelle – Simon-Kucher & Partners
  • Fahd Choudhry – Deloitte
  • Nathan Cope – PA Consulting

So what does the work entail?  

Pete Colman started by talking about the work of Simon Kucher and Partners, a specialist strategy consultancy which he described as ‘entrepreneurial and partner owned’ and operating across the globe (currently 760 employees in 29 offices worldwide). Specialisms include strategy, pricing, sales and marketing, with an extensive client list ranging across sectors. Pete talked through some example projects around pricing power including:

  • Analysis of consumer travel data to find the optimum price for a travelcard offering discounts to the traveller whilst ensuring profit for the operator
  • Determining the market price for a branded pharmaceutical treatment

Next up was Nathan from PA Consulting. Larger than Simon Kucher, PA employs 2,500 people globally and operates across 10 different practice areas, with a wider consulting brief. Nathan is based in the life sciences and healthcare practice which focuses on the commercial aspects of the pharma industry.

Examples of recent PA projects across all areas:

  • delivering an air-traffic system to safely handle 600,000 aeroplanes over Denmark each year
  • working with the Bank of England to create the Prudential Regulation Authority, which will transform financial regulation in the UK
  • developing a system to restore power more quickly and improve the customer experience for households and businesses in Washington, US

The range of sector-based practice areas means specialisation is possible, and the company does offer opportunities for those interested in R&D or using their technical skills.

Finally, Fahd spoke about his experiences working with Deloitte. His projects to date have focused on the financial services sector and included:

  • the implementation of a major IT system for a global retail and investment bank
  • the integration of processes across two large companies following a merger
  • the introduction of a new trading platform for a large investment bank .

‘Consulting is basically a people business’ – what are the core skills required?

Pete Colman described consulting as a people business which is mostly about influencing and persuading; whilst Nathan summarised the two key traits needed to be a successful consultant as a deep knowledge and interest in your subject area and the ability to build and sustain relationships. Lauren highlighted the differences between going into a company as a consultant where your colleagues are the delivery team, and going in to project manage an in-house team who may have a very different working style to your own. Echoing these themes Fahd highlighted that good consultants need to be able to:

  • communicate across technical and non-technical areas to ensure all stakeholders are engaged
  • distil complex information and convey it clearly to the client
  • work with a range of different personalities
  • adapt to change
  • gain credibility in a new sector or subject area quickly

Making the transition – how to get into consultancy

Recognising an interest in the broader, business elements of your research work seemed to be a common starting point, followed by exposure to the role through internships or networking. Nathan did an internship with a drug discovery company towards the end of his PhD where he was part of the group responsible for deciding on potential R&D projects to invest in. He enjoyed the business focus, the opportunities provided for analysing data and problem solving to achieve tangible results and the fact the role involved working with people much more than he had been used to in the lab.

Networking is important as is approaching firms directly since some consulting firms offer structured internship programmes but many will take interns on an ad hoc basis without advertising. Fahd had already gained industry experience in pharma before his PhD and decided that consulting would be a good next step to utilise his knowledge and experience. He expected to work across the life sciences sector but instead has spent the last few years working across banking and financial services.

Entry points for PhD graduates or post-docs vary depending on the type of firm, its training and development programmes and the level of experience of the researcher. Fahd highlighted the challenge of starting on a graduate development programme alongside first degree graduates; but also the value of receiving structured training and building a network of colleagues at the start of your career.

How to decide which firm

Some of the themes that emerged from the presentations included:

  • Specialist vs general : – what sort of projects do you want to work on and how specialist do you want to become?
  • Size of firm and growth projection: check out the size of the company, how it has grown in the last couple of years and where it’s development areas seem to be
  • How technical: if you want to continue to use some of the technical knowledge from your research then you might have to look harder for the right kind of consultancy.
  • Level of entry: whilst starting with recent graduates might not seem appealing, consider the training on offer from the firm and the opportunities a structured programme might offer for networking and skills development at a fast pace

 ‘Having a PhD won’t make you stand out’

All of the speakers emphasised that consulting firms will be used to receiving quality applications from well qualified graduates so having a PhD in itself will not be a differentiator. However, the speakers had experienced rapid progression following entry which they attributed to the skills developed from their PhD  – the most prominent of which were:

  • project management
  • presentation skills
  • logical approach to problem solving
  • the ability to convey complex information in a clear way

In addition the resilience often needed to complete a PhD was recognised, which is a huge advantage in a client-driven industry where change is the norm, and the credibility factor of being a PhD graduate when working with clients.

Don’t assume the PhD will sell itself was the key advice. The importance of demonstrating on CVs and applications the specific skills and experiences you have to offer was stressed, as well as being able to evidence genuine interest in business and the way in which organisations work. Nathan highlighted the value of demonstrating project management and leadership skills outside the PhD project whether through internships, volunteering or involvement in student-led activities on campus.

Interested in finding out more?

Good for introductions to the landscape and key players:

Details of the firms represented:

Lion’s Den Workshops 2014/15

Almost exactly one year ago, six PhD students teamed up with the common goal of creating an innovative business idea. Being all very different people, we had a lot of fun throwing our ideas together over multiple caffeinated beverages, until our idea really came together. And now, looking back, it’s great to see how what seemed like a fun side-project to our studies has become a real fledgling start-up. Our idea was a self-monitoring health app called CogniTracker, with the potential to aid in the early diagnosis of dementia in the general population. It will be able to track performance, physiology and well-being of users by measuring visual movements, speech changes, hand movements and cognition using smartphone technology.

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Winning the Lion’s Den Challenge in February was a huge turning point for us as it meant we could really start to launch our idea forward, with the support of KCL. We had loads of ideas for the project that we needed to test out and people we wanted to work with, and now as winners of the competition we had the financial backing and confidence in our idea to really get started.

In the last 6 months we have been putting a lot of the basic business skills learned from the Lion’s Den workshops into practice, along with the continued support of the Lion’s Den team. We have been learning how to set up a business, protect our IP, and carrying out market research. Winning also gave us the opportunity to do the fun part of the business; designing the games we wanted for our app! Over the summer our programmer, Richard, has been making a prototype of the app and it’s been awesome to see him turn doodles of our ideas into fun games that can be played on a smartphone. Having a mentor provided through the Lion’s Den Challenge has also been invaluable to us, with incredible insight and fine-tuning to enhance our ideas throughout this venture.

Looking back to this time last year, we really couldn’t have guessed the knowledge we would gain, the skills we would acquire and the friendships we would make through the Lion’s Den programme. It’s been a great experience for us and we would definitely recommend that you give it a try this year! Good Luck!

See the schedule of workshops between now and February here.

Written by Christos Michaelides & Christina Wayman

Skills for Success: Living and studying in a UK cultural context

A course of four, interactive, cross cultural learning and support sessions is being offered to international postgraduate research students registered at King’s College.

This short series of workshops will be of interest and benefit to international students who would like to enhance their cross cultural competence and gain insights into aspects of living and studying in the UK to support their studies at King’s.

The sessions will be held on four Wednesdays 2.30-4.00pm starting from 16th July. See below for all dates.

Each session will focus on developing a different skill:
Session 1: 16th July – Introductions to the course and each other; what is culture?
Session 2: 23rd July – Participating in academic groups
Session 3: 30th July – How to do social conversation
Session 4: 6th August – Seeking help and expressing disagreement

IMPORTANT NOTE

  • The sessions are being offered as a ‘closed’ group for 8-15 students, who will aim attend ALL FOUR SESSIONS
  • To maximise learning outcomes and mutual support, students will unfortunately NOT BE ABLE TO JOIN THE GROUP AFTER THE FIRST SESSION
  • A commitment to attend ALL FOUR modules of the course is preferred
  • The sessions are offered as an optional, professional development training and do not lead to any kind of qualification or certification

This course is jointly run by the Student Advice and International Student Support and Counselling departments. All sessions will be held at the Waterloo campus, Franklin Wilkins Building.

If you are interested in joining all four cross cultural training sessions, please send an email to Jennifer.raper@kcl.ac.uk, providing as much information as you can, and setting out:

  • Why this training is of interest to you
  • What you would want to get out of the training

King’s – Student Opportunity Fund

The Student Opportunity Fund is open to all undergraduate and taught postgraduate (masters level) students. The Fund is available for individual students or groups of students to apply for grants of between £100 and £1,000 to enhance the student academic experience. The fund gives King’s students a new opportunity to collaborate with each other and with their teachers to enhance their learning in new and innovate ways.

Awards will be made to individuals or groups students who have innovative projects to enhance their own educational experience. Strong applications will lead to real improvements to the student learning experience and present an opportunity for those involved to develop transferable skills such as project management, time management and financial management.

Examples of how grants may be used include:

  • participation in educational conferences, seminars or excursions aligned to an academic discipline;
  • collaborative student projects, related to their studies
  • extra academic events, invited guest speakers as part of a programme of study
  • attendance of seminars or events intended to enhance transferable skills;
  • room hire and small equipment purchases to support special educational events

Please note that grants may not be used to subsidise programme or student accommodation fees, purchase equipment not aligned to study, or to support extra-curricular activities.

To apply for a grant please complete the online form (70kb, doc) and submit it to ke@kcl.ac.uk. Applications must be received by the following dates to be considered by the Student Opportunities and Skills Sub-committee:

  • Tuesday 14 January 2014
  • Tuesday 18 March 2014
  • Tuesday 20 May 2014

Applicants will be notified of the outcome within 6 weeks of the submission deadline at the very latest. Successful applicants are required to produce a short report after the project is completed to evaluate the impact on the learning experience. To find out more please visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/learningteaching/kep/student-opportunity-fund.aspx

NERC Postgraduate and Professional Skills Development Courses for 2013/2014

NERC is pleased to announce that the new e-brochure for the Postgraduate and Professional Skills Development Courses 2013/2014 is now available to download from our website: http://www.nerc.ac.uk/funding/available/postgrad/schemes/ppsda.asp. This includes full details of the courses and information on how to apply.

The courses are aimed at PhD students and early career researchers in environmental sciences. They cover a wide range of topics including statistics, modelling, bioinformatics, taxonomy and fieldwork techniques.

Funded places are available and will be allocated to NERC-funded PhD students and early career researchers as a priority. However, if sufficient places are available, other individuals may be eligible to attend.

King’s Joins Bloomsbury Postgraduate Skills Network

The Graduate School is pleased to announce that King’s College London has recently joined the Bloomsbury Postgraduate Skills Network (BPSN), which is a network of 9 leading higher education institutions in the Bloomsbury area, created with the purpose of sharing best practice in generic and transferable skills training for postgraduate research students.

Bloomsbury Postgraduate Skills Network (BPSN)Being a part of this network opens up additional opportunities for transferable skills training for all of our postgraduate research students.

The Bloomsbury Postgraduate Skills Network shared skills training programme allows research students in the participating institutions to enhance their generic research skills and personal transferable skills, through attending training courses and workshops at other member institutions. The skills attained from the programme are intended to help research and also to enhance life skills and employability.

Further details can be found on our website at: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/school/training/Other-opps/Bloomsbury-Postgraduate-Skills-Network.aspx

King’s College London shortlisted for the Times Higher Education Awards 2013

THEA13 shortlistNow in their ninth year, the Times Higher Education Awards represent a unique and high-profile opportunity to celebrate the excellence and amazing achievements of UK higher education institutions.

The shortlisted candidates for the Times Higher Education Awards 2013 have now been unveiled and we are delighted that King’s College London has been shortlisted for a THE Award in the ‘Outstanding Support for Early Career Researchers’ category.

The project shortlisted is entitled “Train the Trainers – developing the teaching and training skills of postdoctoral researchers” and aims to harness the skills and experience of our postdoc community by training and mentoring them to deliver personal and professional skills development sessions to PhD students. The project also aims to enhance the career prospects of our postdocs by enabling them to develop teaching and training skills which are necessary for progression into an academic career. The project runs annually and there will be an opportunity for most postdocs to be trained in Spring 2014.

This project is part of the portfolio of work done by the Researcher Development Unit based in the Graduate School at King’s. The Researcher Development Unit’s mission is to provide high quality personal, professional and career development for all researchers at King’s, in line with the policies from funders, the QAA and the Concordat for the Career Development of Researchers. The work done by the RDU with post-docs has also been recognised by the award of the HR Excellence in Research badge.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 28 November 2013.

http://www.the-awards.co.uk/the2013/shortlist