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Interns - Frequently Asked Questions (faqs)

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - INTERNSHIPS
 
1. ARE INCORE INTERNS PAID FOR THEIR WORK?


INCORE is unable to give any financial support to interns, who work on an entirely voluntary basis. Travel costs and living expenses must be borne by the interns themselves or by a sponsoring institution.

 
2. ARE THERE ANY CITIZENSHIP REQUIREMENTS FOR INTERNS AT INCORE?


INCORE welcomes interns of all nationalities who have a valid UK visa, if they need one.. Interns are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and for obtaining visas, but members of INCORE staff will help as much as possible with information about accommodation and travel within Northern Ireland.

 
3. WILL I NEED A WORK PERMIT?


Unless an intern intends to take a part-time job to cover living expenses etc, he or she should not require a work permit, as there is no remuneration for the post.

 
4. WHAT ARE THE APPLICATION PRCEDURES?


See the applications page.

 
5. WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO BE AN INTERN?


Participants in the internship programme are selected from students and holders of graduate level degrees in disciplines related to the work of the work of INCORE, e.g. International Relations, Political Science, Psychology, History, Social Sciences, Anthropology etc. Preference will be given to those, within these disciplines, who have knowledge in the field of ethnic conflict and its resolution, and whose specialities correspond with current INCORE interests. Typically, interns do not have previous working experience of this nature. Applicants must have a good command of the English language.

 
6. HOW LONG DO INTERNSHIPS LAST?


Ideally an internship should last at least 3 months, which allows the volunteer to get a good idea of how an organisation such as INCORE operates, and also to undertake and complete a number of useful tasks. In exceptional cases interns may stay for only a few weeks, but most stay for a semester, and we have had placement students who have been with us for a full academic year.

 
7. ARE THERE SPECIAL DATES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR WHEN APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED OR INTERNSHIPS BEGIN AND END?


We now accept interns throughout the year, and there are no special start and end dates for terms of office, nor are there deadlines for applications.

 
8. HOW DO I GET TO NORTHERN IRELAND AND DERRY/LONDONDERRY?


There are two very useful sources of information on travelling to Northern Ireland on the University of Ulster's web site and also on our own web site. Please visit http://www.ulst.ac.uk/accommodation/travel.html.

Overseas students will also find some very useful information at http://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/handbook/index.html

 
9. HOW WILL I FIND ACCOMMODATION?


The University of Ulster has a very good accommodation office in the Student Services division, which controls lists of rented rooms, and external accommodation as well as the university's own student residences. Contact Gareth Kennedy at GJ.Kennedy@ulst.ac.uk and visit web pages http://www.ulst.ac.uk/accommodation and http://www.ulst.ac.uk/accommodation/mcampus.html

 
10. WHAT KIND OF DUTIES ARE INTERNS EXPECTED TO CARRY OUT?


Interns are assigned to a member of INCORE's academic or administrative staff, although they may be required to assist other members of staff as required. They are involved, amongst other things, in: researching a wide variety of issues, literature reviews, investigating sources of funding, providing substantive and technical servicing of meetings, assisting with organising conferences, assisting with publications, fact-finding etc., as well as supporting other INCORE activities. If an intern is allocated to either the CAIN project (Conflict Archive on the Internet) or the INCORE Conflict Data Service, technical training will be provided. Clerical duties should make up no more than 20% of your time. Each intern will be issued with a Memorandum of Agreement, which will indicate their likely duties. Any academic input to a project or publication made by an intern will be suitably acknowledged.

 
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