Work for the UN?

Some of you came along to the UN talk a few weeks back and enjoyed an interesting presentation from two UN representatives. If you want to follow up on this remember the Careers Service holds lots of information on working at the UN on its website: United Nations and you can also explore the UN Careers website

MyCareerHub is currently advertising unpaid internships of 4-6 months at the Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) of the United Nations System (Geneva, Switzerland). Interns undertake duties similar to those expected from a Research Assistant, supporting the work of a team for a specific report, under the supervision of an Evaluation and Inspection Officer, to assist the Inspector(s) in the research work related to on-going projects of the annual work programme. Interns can also be involved in supporting the work to prepare future work programmes and other internal tasks of the Unit.

The intern will be assigned to different tasks depending on the status of implementation of the annual work programme of the unit. Normally, s/he will be assigned to be research assistant for one or two of the JIU’s reviews, under the direct the supervision of an Evaluation and Inspection Officer. As part of his/her duties, s/he will contribute to the research (desk review, review of basic documentation) and drafting work to support the review prepared by one or more Inspectors of the Unit. This entails analysis of key issues for the review, including comparative analysis of the work of the 25 participating organizations in this area, preparation of questionnaires and interview guides, analysis of information received, participation in interviews and preparation of minutes, preparation of analytical charts, graphs, tables etc.


The following criteria are used to determine eligibility for the internship programme.
Background in one of the following fields: evaluation, management, public administration, international law, finance, development economics, international relations, political science as well as other social sciences or other related fields. Candidates with a background in inter-agency coordination, human rights, humanitarian assistance, project and programme fund management, programme and policy analysis, development assistance etc. are also encouraged to apply;
– Fully proficient in web-based research including use of online databases;
– Fluency in English (reading, writing, understanding, speaking); knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) is an asset;
– Experienced in the use of Word, Excel and PowerPoint, including ability to readily prepare tables and charts and maintain and update databases via excel;
– Prior work experience, while useful, is not a prerequisite.

– In line with the UN Administrative Instruction on internships (ST/AI/2014/1, 13 January 2014) candidates must at the time of application meet one of the following requirements:
(a) Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher);
(b) Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent);
(c) Have graduated with a university degree (as defined in (a) and (b) above) and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation.
– Interns are expected to work on a full-time basis (40 hours per week);
– Maximum duration of internship: six months;
– All internships are unpaid – no benefits are provided whatsoever.

Further details on MyCareerHub

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Become a global leader

A Global Leader Experience (GLE) invites 100 UoE students from at least 25 nationalities to work together over 4 days to explore a major world challenge from a local perspective – it involves a partnership between the University, City of Edinburgh Council and The Wheatley Group. It will address the issue, How do you prevent city sprawl? and students will engage with key stakeholders groups related to the partner organisations to fully research, understand and respond to the challenge. 

Common Purpose, a social enterprise with over 25 years’ experience in leadership development programmes will work with students to enable people from different backgrounds, sectors, geographies and generations to work together to solve common problems. 

The programme is open to UGs and PGs and will take place 16-19 February at John McIntyre Centre.  There’s no cost to participate, but full commitment must be given.

For further information and details of how to apply go here:



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Linklaters law firm – this Monday – sign up now

Linklaters will be hosting a mock assessment centre and employer presentation on Monday, 9 November 2015 at The Waldorf Astoria – The Caledonian (West End, Princes Street).

If you would like to get an insight on the selection process, practise a brief psychometric test and get some useful tips on interviews and applications, please come along. Linklaters will also host an employer presentation and networking reception in the evening which includes a Q&A panel discussion with Linklaters representatives and a member of the graduate recruitment team.

Linklaters’ vacancies are currently open and this is an excellent opportunity for you to find out more about the firm, culture, selection process, working in London and what is sought in candidates.

The agenda is as follows:

16:00  Mock Assessment Centre
18:00  Break or arrival/registration
18:30  Presentation starts
19:00  Q&A panel discussion
19:30  Networking reception
20:30  Close

You may sign up for all or just one of the sessions. Drinks and canapés will be provided in the evening. If you require any assistance on the day or if you have any dietary requirements, please let Linklaters know.

This event is open to both undergraduates and postgraduate taught students of any discipline.

To book your space sign up here:

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 Are you studying science, technology, engineering, electronics or maths and interested in how your skills could be used in a legal career?

 If so, we would like to invite you to apply to join our Intellectual Property (IP) Open Day at our London Offices.

 The day will include an introduction to IP Law (the law protecting inventions, technology, media and creative work) followed by case studies and practical workshops illustrating the valuable role of scientifically and technically qualified lawyers in the work we do for clients as one of the world’s largest law firms with a specialist global IP team.

So don’t just experience everything, be a part of it.

 To apply please email your CV and a brief cover letter explaining why you’re interested in IP (with ‘IP Open Day’ as the subject) to by the 13 November, 2015.


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Dine with Baker & Mackenzie next Thursday?

Thursday 22 October 7pm – 10pm Tiger Lily, Edinburgh Join Baker & McKenzie on Thursday 22 October at Tigerlily on George Street, where we will be holding a drinks reception followed by a three-course dinner. The dinner will provide you with an excellent opportunity to find out more about working for a leading global law firm and talk informally to our Associates, Trainees and Graduate Recruitment team. We would really like to meet law and non-law students. If you are interested in attending this event please email a copy of your CV and a brief cover note explaining your reasons for wanting to meet us to with ‘Edinburgh Dinner ‘ in the subject header by 19 October. We will notify you if successful.

Visit to find out more about graduate career opportunities

Information on this event can also be viewed on MyCareerHub.

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If you attended the Scots Law Fair last month then you are probably seeking a traineeship or a summer placement with one of the organisations that attended. Most were large commercial law firms and nearly every stand at the Fair was advertising traineeships to commence 2017  and many had summer work experience opportunities too. This, increasingly, appears to be a way in to the scots law traineeship with some firms so you might find yourself applying for both routes.

Closing dates for these traineeships are coming up thick and fast – check out the law firms’ websites for details but a quick scan tells me that 9 October- this Friday- is the closing date for many with some others the following Monday (11 October).

You need to know the closing dates to keep you on track but many firms tell me that they start looking at applications as they come in and some even advise you not to wait but to apply well in advance of the closing date. No pressure!

Scottish Government Legal Services for Scotland hasn’t opened yet (I was told to expect notification of opening this month) and other public sector, other sectors or smaller firms do not advertise so far in advance – keep checking your favoured sectors.

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Fairs Flyer_Page_1Careers Fair Third Day Flyer 2015

What ever stage you’re at in your university life, you should come along to the Careers Fairs. Do your research before hand as there are different employers and different types  of employers on the different days. Note that 14 law firms are coming on day one – Monday 5 October! Explore who’ll be there via Careers Fair 2015 and Careers Fair Third Day .

Look forward to seeing you there!


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Prepare for the Fair!

Planning to come along to the Careers Fair running across three days on Monday 5th, Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th October?  Thinking about graduate jobs and internships?

OK – people don’t walk away from Careers Fairs with a definite job offer in their pocket, but you can significantly increase your chances of a job offer later down the line because of how you act at the Fair.

Did you know?

  • Every employer there will have graduate vacancies and/or internship opportunities
  • Most employer representatives on the stands will make a note of the names of impressive students and ask recruitment teams to look out for an application from that person.


  •  Employers consistently tell us that most people attending Fairs are unprepared and not impressing them.

So, we are running an  informal sessions in the George square area  on preparing for and getting the most out of the Fair.  If you are going to go to the Fair, make it a worthwhile use of your time!


Thursday 1 October, 1310 – 1340, DHT, Lecture Hall B

No booking required.

Really hope to see lots of you there.

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Scots Law Fair – Thursday this week!

The Scots Law Fair : Thursday 24 September, Playfair library, 1-4pm.

It will mostly represent the larger Scottish commercial law firms which have upcoming traineeship closing dates, usually for starting 2017, plus a variety of other organisations which can provide information about working in the Scottish legal profession. Closing dates are fast approaching – the bulk are in early October  – so get along and make contact with firms.

Although all students are welcome to attend, this event is most relevant for students currently studying in the School of Law. I have been out and about speaking to various law group this week and would particularly encourage the following groups of students to attend:

Final year LLB students and diploma students interested in applying for commercial-related traineeship or finding out about other areas of the legal profession.

Penultimate year LLB students exploring options for vacation work.

First and second year LLB students who want to get a head start. Getting a feel for work in different areas of the legal profession, and the different law firms, will help you make decisions about areas of work to apply for in the future.

All law students should take this opportunity to meet representatives of many firms all in one place. You can gain vital information to make the most of your applications and ensure you are well informed to make the right decisions for your future.

Talks at the Fair – Raeburn Room, Playfair library:

2.00pm – Finding vacation work

3.00pm- Success with legal applications

More information on organisations attending the Fair available on MyCareerHub

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It’s September 2015 – Welcome to Law Careers @ Edinburgh Blog!


A warm welcome to all new students who are joining the University community this week, and of course an equally warm welcome to students returning next week. Brace yourselves – there is lots on this semester and I will keep you up to date with news and activities through this blog, so keep checking in.

Log in to MyCareerHub through the Careers Service website using your EASE login details. Here you will find relevant job vacancies (including summer work experience, internships and part time alongside graduate jobs), be able to book appointments with me or another Consultant, find out about our career fairs, discover which employers are coming on to campus,  and which firms and organisations are giving  presentations and book yourself into talks workshops and events …. all in one place.

I will be out and about speaking to lots of you this week. Next week, Thursday 24th September it’s the Scots Law Fair. I’ll keep you posted on all events and activity- both legal and other opportunities.

It’s going to be busy, so get organised!

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