Careers

Find out more about what our former students have done since graduating from the MSc Public Policy:

Case Study: Yu Wang (China)

Role: Internship at the UN in Geneva

It was whilst studying on the MSc Public Policy that I applied for the full-time internship in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). We had just finished the first term of lectures, studying: international organizations, international development, global governance in the new era. These topics had always interested me and I was seeking to apply all the knowledge that I was learning on the MSc Public Policy.

Six months is the maximum length for a UN Internship, but it was long enough for me to experience the UN and what it's like to be an international civil servant. I worked in the office of the Secretary General, and and also in the Communication, Information, Outreach Unit. I took on the role of an administrative assistant, compiling reports, providing recommendations, running errands, attending meetings, taking meeting notes, updating database, copy-editing reports, as well as provided specialist meeting preparation assistance. I was also in charge of five break-out sessions for the UNCTAD Public Symposium and also ran their social media.

As interns, we were permitted to attend many of the conferences, meetings and other open forums that occued at the UN headquarters. I have seen so many great talents from all around the world speaking in different meetings, and it was amazing to think the final agreements made in these meetings might really change the world. I was once lucky to get the opportunity to attend the human rights council's emergency session on the situation in Gaza. In the meeting, after a vote of 29 countries in favour, with 17 abstentions and a sole negative vote by the United States, in which it strongly condemned the failure of Israel to end its prolonged occupation of the area, the UNHCR decided to launch an independent inquiry into purported violations of international humanitarian and human rights laws in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.

My MSc in Public Policy helped me secure this internship and has increased my awareness of global issues, learn skills and adapt quickly to different cultures. I am so proud of being an alumni of the University of Bristol's MPP programme.

Case study: Mrudula Podila

Role: Internship at Cabinet Office, UK 

After graduating, I gained an opportunity to work in the Economic and Domestic Affairs Secretariat division of the Cabinet Office. During my five month graduate internship, I was able to gain an insight into the role and function of the Cabinet Office in the Whitehall machine, understanding how it contributes to the policy process. My duties over the course of the internship varied. I spent time initially working as an Assistant Business Manager to the Director General and Director of the department over the General Election period. I was then rotated into a different team where I learnt about the importance of Cabinet Committees, Implementation Taskforces and collective agreement in the policy process. Finally, I was given exposure to a specific policy area, being able to understand how cross-Whitehall departments interact with one another to implement policy. The experience allowed me to compare the theoretical policy process taught at Bristol with what occurs in practice, enabling me to identify and question the discrepancies between academia and reality. The opportunity for this internship cropped up in the middle of my MPP at Bristol, and I am incredibly grateful for all the support and encouragement given to me by Noemi and the staff at the School for Policy Studies.

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