What is Pathways to Politics, Government and the Public Sector?

Based on the growing number of students showing an interest in politics, government and the public sector, the University of Exeter has teamed up with a number of experts from the sector to deliver a 5 day training course followed by a week’s paid internship with an employer partner.

This pathway will explore the diverse areas of work within the field, outline some of the challenges of the sector and provide an insight to the varied career options available.

You will learn through intensive training delivered jointly by sector experts and University of Exeter Employability Staff during the week commencing 18th June 2018. This will then be followed by a 1 week paid internship with an organisation from the sector. This pathway welcomes applicants from all disciplines and levels.

The interactive programme comprises of 3 key elements:

  • Training - a week long programme, consisting of intensive training from sector experts and employability training; Monday 18th - Friday 22nd June 2018.

Topics may include (but are not exclusive to):

  • Major issues for local government
  • Major issues for central government
  • Conducting research (social and economic)
  • Digital, data and technology
  • Project Delivery
  • Key business functions
  • How to make the most out of your internship
  • Project – Working within small groups, you will apply your training to a business project during the training week. 
  • Internship – You will undertake a week-long paid internship with an organisation in the sector; Monday 25th – Friday 29th June 2018

Applications will open 15th January 2018 and close 4th March 2018.

To apply please complete the Pathways to Politics, Government and the Public Sector Application Form. A link to the application form will be available on My Career Zone as well as on this web page.

It all adds up! This Careers activity counts towards the Exeter Award.







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You must be a current University of Exeter student when you apply for the programme. We welcome applications from all disciplines and levels of study, as long as you can demonstrate a keen interest in this subject area.

You must have the right to work in the UK and provide your visa status and explanation on your application form. If you are called to the selection assessment session you will be asked to bring evidence of your right to work status.

Applications will open 15th January 2018. To apply please complete the Pathways to Politics, Government and the Public Sector Application Form.

It is important to note that information you provide on your application form will be shared with the internship employers as part of the internship matching process.

The application process is highly competitive and therefore only the best performing students will be selected for an assessment session and subsequently for inclusion on the programme. To ensure you submit your best application we recommend that you book on and complete an “Effective Application Form” workshop, bookable via My Career Zone before you complete your application. This workshop will also count to your Exeter Award.

Every application form will be reviewed once the programme advert closes on 4th March 2018. After application forms have been reviewed students will be shortlisted and then invited to an assessment session on Streatham campus where the final 20 students will be chosen. You will be notified if you have been called to an assessment centre or not by 8th March 2018. 

The assessment sessions will take place sometime week commencing 19th March 2018. These will be the only sessions delivered so in order for you to be successfully chosen for the programme you will need to be able to commit to attending.

Any students not successful in the application process will receive feedback for their performance, and will be signposted to resources and support available.

Training will take place the week after the end of the summer 2018 term; Monday 18th – Friday 22nd June 2018.

The 20 successfully selected students will undertake a week of intensive training, jointly delivered by sector experts and University of Exeter Employability Staff. This will comprise a mix of presentations, hands-on activities and social events.

Training will take place during one week and is based at the University of Exeter Streatham Campus.

If selected, you will need to undertake a week long internship with an organisation in politics, government or the public sector. These internships will take place after your training has been completed from Monday 25th June – Friday 29th June 2018.

This week long (35 hour) internship will be paid and is fully funded by the University of Exeter.

If selected you will be invited to a pre-course briefing session prior to the training week, where the range of internship projects will be presented to you and you will be required to identify which projects you are most interested in.

A matching process will then be completed based on the understanding of the client’s business and your application form and identified preferences. No guarantee can be made that you will be matched to your preferred project but our aim is to match as many students to their preferred projects as possible.


If you have any questions about the programme please contact the Pathways to Politics, Government and the Public Sector team by emailing pathways2publicsector@exeter.ac.uk

  • Gain an insight into different roles in politics, government and the public sector
  • Increase knowledge of sector specific activities
  • Learn in an interactive and experiential environment
  • Work with students from different year groups, subjects and levels of degree
  • Be inspired by experienced professionals
  • Gain confidence in your abilities
  • Develop your career plan
  • Apply newly acquired learning to a group project as part of the training
  • Culminates in an essential work experience, undertaking a paid internship 

Elements of Pathways to Politics, Government and the Public Sector align with the following UN Sustainable Development Goals: