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Reflections on the ESRC internship scheme for postgraduates

Lookup NU author(s): Daniel Bos, Dr Robin Finlay, Professor Peter Hopkins, Jennifer Lloyd, Dr Michael Richardson



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The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in the UK are one of the main sources of funding for postgraduate study in human geography. For some years now, the ESRC has offered funded students the opportunity to undertake a short internship in a government department or with a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO). This paper provides a collective reflection from the perspective of four postgraduates who completed different ESRC supported internships within the UK. We discuss the enhancement of writing skills for diverse audiences, the advancement of knowledge in diverse subject areas, and the opening up of employment opportunities as key benefits of participating in the ESRC internship scheme.

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Author(s): Bos D, Finlay R, Hopkins P, Lloyd J, Richardson M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Geography in Higher Education

Year: 2017

Volume: 41

Issue: 1

Pages: 106-118

Print publication date: 01/01/2017

Online publication date: 27/12/2016

Acceptance date: 20/09/2016

Date deposited: 15/02/2017

ISSN (print): 0309-8265

ISSN (electronic): 1466-1845

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/03098265.2016.1260099


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