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Students gain practical insight through School of Law’s Practicum

Students from the School of Law put their knowledge into practice by working on some of the most pressing global issues with international organisations

Practicum work experience studying lawMA Global Governance and Public Policy student Mike Sips, pictured here, worked for the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment in The Hague.

Postgraduate students are getting hands-on experience at some of the world’s most important decision-making centres for global governance, as part of the School of Law’s Practicum in International Organisations module.

Students taking the 60 credit  module have the unique opportunity to spend between three and six months working on some of the biggest global challenges.

“As a student of international relations, all the theory and negotiations involved in aiding and rescuing migrants has not only come to life but has given my studies perspective.” Shelley Griffin, MA International Relations student.

From Malta to Geneva, this year’s placements have spanned the continent with students working for the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS), the Ministry of Employment and Social Affairs and the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Fernanda Carrion, MA Global Governance and Public Policy student, is assisting MOAS with migrant rescue operations in the Aegean and Mediterranean Sea.

“I am responsible for researching prospective crew members such as medics, rescue swimmers and sailors, as well as other logistics,” says Fernanda.

“I have an adrenaline rush each time I organise one of the missions.”

Also working at MOAS but supporting fundraising and public relations is Shelley Griffin, MA student in International Relations.

“I was able to participate in several activities, such as an arts festival, to bring awareness to the work of MOAS,” explains Shelley.

“I have also learnt how to filter media houses and journalists and how to write and edit press releases.”

“I have come to understand the maritime field and what it entails, including maritime laws, and the maintenance of ships,” Fernanda Carrion, MA Global Governance and Public Policy student.

Mike Sips, MA Global Governance and Public Policy student, is working for the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment in The Hague.


“This experience has definitely enriched my studies —working on international topics has given me a practical understanding of concepts such as globalisation and international relations,” states Mike.

Mike, who organised an international conference on preventing work-related cancer for the Ministry, has utilised and developed a range of skills.

“After the conference, I worked on more policy-related tasks. I helped with answering questions from the Parliament, prepared meetings and helped with several subsidy projects,” says Mike.

Also participating in the Practicum is Kyrone Mitchell, LLM student, who is working for the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) In Geneva.

As the Practicum comes to an end, the students will produce a substantial piece of independent research relevant to their course — a chance to impress prospective employers as they embark on life after Middlesex.

The Practicum in International Organisations module is open to postgraduate students at Middlesex University enrolled on the following School of Law postgraduate programmes:

For further information about the Practicum, please contact Dr Phoebe Moore

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