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careeroffice <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 29 Apr 2010 15:25:48 +0200
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Newcastle University has a work placement opportunity available in its
International Office. The placement is designed for a student who
requires a placement as part of their degree programme and who would be
supported by the Erasmus Programme. The placement would be of particular
use to those students who intend to seek a career in the following
areas: Higher Education Administration/Student Support ; Marketing &
Recruitment; Event Organisation & Management; International Marketing &

Title: International Office Student Assistant (Work Placement)
Length: 38 weeks or 49 weeks

Support: Free en-suite accommodation will be provided in one of the
University’s Hall’s of Residence.* A cash alternative is not available.
Scope: Please see Work Placement Description

Eligibility: Applicants for the work placement must meet the following
• Be a current Undergraduate or Postgraduate student (Undergraduate
students must have completed a minimum 2 years of higher education)
• Have high level of fluency in written and spoken English
• Undertake placement as part of the Erasmus Programme
• Have experience of an office or customer service environment
• Be a national of an EU or EEA country

Application: Applicants must submit:
• Curriculum Vitae
• 800 word personal statement detailing why they believe they are
suitable for the placement and its purpose within their studies and for
their future career plans
• Recent academic transcripts
• Proof of English Language ability
• Names and contact details of two referees
• Completion of Statements of Disclosure
• Shortlisted applicants must be willing to undertake a telephone/video
conference interview

Application Deadline: Friday 14th May

Placement Start Date: September 2010

*The accommodation will be an en suite study bedroom situated in a
postgraduate Hall of Residence. It will be in a self catered flat shared
with other students.

Work Placement Description
Placement Details
Placement Title
International Office : 37
Service Unit: International Office
Faculty / Central Services
Marketing & Communications Directorate
Effective Date: September 2010

General Duties and Responsibilities

To provide high quality support for activity/projects within the
International Office. Examples of activities/projects include:
- Student exchanges and Study Abroad Partnerships
- Recruitment Agent Liaison
- Short course/overseas collaboration
- Publications
- International meet-and greet services and orientation for
international students
Typical tasks undertaken in support of activities/projects include:
- dealing with follow-up enquiries
- telephone and e-mail interaction with key contacts
- dealing with application forms
- maintaining databases and producing reports
- undertaking research
- making arrangements for occasional large events
- up-dating web templates/pdf documents
- support in the organisation of overseas visits

To undertake general duties as agreed with the Office Manager to ensure
the smooth functioning of the entire office.

To maintain appropriate records to ensure on-request retrieval at all
times, archiving old information according to agreed principles.

To assist with overseas visit arrangements for International Office
staff and other university staff.

To assist with arrangements for visitors to the University on
International Office business.

Individual Project
To undertake research which provides background information on
prospective partnership organisations. To assist in the planning and
organisation of incoming visits by prospective partner organisations.
There will also be the opportunity to undertake Staff Development
Training Sessions if deemed relevant and appropriate. The successful
applicant will also be able to use the University’s Open Access Centre
to access language support materials.
Personal Outcome Dimensions of Work Placement

On completion of the work placement the individual should be able to
demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and experience:
• Evidence of substantial relevant office experience, particularly with
an international dimension
• Knowledge of international markets
• An understanding of the major issues relating to international student
recruitment and higher education
• Be a team player, able to initiate, develop and maintain productive
working relationships
• Have good oral and written communication skills
• Able to manage a diverse and complex workload
• Creative approach to problem solving
• High level of literacy and numeracy , particularly in a second language
• Good IT skills and competence in the use of Microsoft Office
• Ability to work to tight deadlines with a high level of accuracy
• Excellent organisational skills and the ability to prioritise workload
• Strong customer-focused approach
• Collaborative and flexible work style, with evidence of the ability to
work effectively as part of a team.
• Flexible attitude to the constantly changing demands of an
international work situation
• Good interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate a positive
impression of the organisation.

Applications should be submitted to: [log in to unmask] (motivation
letter and CV!)

Statements of Disclosure
Please state below any arrangements or adjustments we may need to make,
should you be appointed, to ensure that you are not placed at a
disadvantage because of a disability.

Have you been absent from work or education as a result of sickness over
the past 12 months? If yes, please give details including the number of
working days absent. Please also give details of any serious injury or
ill health which might give rise to a health problem now or in the future.
Do you have any unspent criminal convictions, within the meaning of the
Rehabilitation of Offender Act 1974? If yes, please give details.

Under the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006, the University
has an obligation to ensure that all employees are eligible to work in
the UK. Documentary evidence of eligibility to work in the UK will be
requested for all candidates invited for interview. Please confirm
whether or not you require permission from the Border Agency to work in
the UK.


Career Office
Faculty of Economics and Business
P.O. Box 800
9700 AV Groningen
the Netherlands
+31 50 363 7182

For final-year projects, an internship contract must be signed by all parties (the organization, the Career Office and the student). The Faculty of Economics and Business has drafted a standard contract which can be downloaded in Dutch or in English. For more information go to