Students in the School of Social Science are very active in seeking out opportunities for internships, graduate schemes and other employment options post-degree. 

Click on the names to read more about some of their experiences during and after their degrees at the University of Aberdeen.

Sophia Burnaasefi

Sophia Burnaasefi

I carried out a 4 months internship with the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in London at the Ambassadors office of the Embassy. My duties involved monitoring and conducting research on Afghan-UK relations, organising state visits and social events, assisting correspondences of the diplomats, editing and drafting talking points for the ambassadors speeches. I particularly enjoyed working in such a multicultural team, the exposure to the diplomatic field, and  being part of important projects and conferences. These allowed me to put my knowledge into practise which was very rewarding. I am lucky enough to be continuing my internship at the embassy this summer as well, and I am excited to learn and experience more! 

Daniel Eden

Daniel EdenDaniel Eden, a double graduate of the University of Aberdeen, has accepted a Retail and Business Banking graduate position with Santander.  

Daniel spent 5 years at the University of Aberdeen, obtaining an MA(Hons) in Politics and International Relations and an MSc in Strategic Studies and Management in the process. He was the student representative for the School of Social Science for 2 years and, in this role, he interacted with students from all three departments. Daniel actively sought out opportunities to develop his skills and to improve his employability since his first year at the University. He completed the STAR Award programme five years in a row and cooperated with the University’s Careers Service on a number of occasions.

Over the course of two years the Santander Graduate Scheme will take Daniel through all key parts of the business and allow him to choose his placements along the way.

Luisa Freutel

Luisa Freutel

Last summer I did a three-month unpaid internship at the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations (COMEXI) in Mexico City. COMEXI is an NGO that focusses on the analysis, study, and debate of major global trends and their impact on Mexico. I was working in the Media and Communication department, which gave me a perfect insight into social media work and political communication. My main task was to promote COMEXI on all their social media channels. Therefore, I created infographics, videos, and posts. Furthermore, I helped to organize events, to analyze most recent news, to do political research, and to implement different (media) strategies. My favourite part of my internship has been the events. Once we were invited to have a debate with the Turkish ambassador in his residence. Another time we organized an event in cooperation with McKinsey and Co. about Cybersecurity. My time in Mexico has been very beneficial to me. Not just because I’ve met amazing people, also because I figured out, that I’m a creative person and that later I would like to work in something political communication-related.

Oscar Voss

Oscar Voss had the unique opportunity to intern with the communications team at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) in Berlin. In addition to being part of the team responsible for ECFR’s social media presence, Oscar wrote the article "Chernobyl on ice: Russia’s new floating nuclear plant", accessible here.  

Oscar is grateful for the academic opportunities at the University of Aberdeen and its dedicated staff. He highly recommends students interested in European politics to take Dr Tabur's third-year politics course "The EU: Contemporary Challenges". Whereas he had previously held a general interest in politics, the course's academic rigour cultivated his specific interest in European politics.

"Coming to university I had a broad and general interest in politics. Your course changed my outlook on things and I now know that that my career after studying will be dealing with European related issues." - Oscar Voss