Work Placements

Our goal at The Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI) and The University of Manchester is to empower all our graduates with the skills, confidence and experience they need to achieve a successful career.

Most jobs in humanitarianism, such as researcher in the field or campaign and advocacy coordinator, are very competitive and require applicants to have undertaken significant relevant professional experience.

HCRI2022 Professional Experience Project (Undergraduates)

Students participating in the Professional Experience Project

Open to HCRI’s second-year students, the course module offers our students the opportunity to undertake work cooperatively as enquiry-based learners on a ‘real world’ project. The project is typically defined by business needs of the external organisation, who can either be a local/regional humanitarian organisation, non-governmental organisation or charity.

The course module has been designed to enable students to develop key practical skills and knowledge, collaborative team skills and creative management skills required in a workplace.

Projects can vary but this can cover areas of work including research report, campaigning, and event organising or be addressing a specific issue within the host organisation. Some of the organisations we partner are: Rethink Rebuild Society, The Conflict and Environment Observatory, Women Asylum Seekers Together (WAST) and Greater Manchester Combined Authority

For more information about this course, read HCRI2022 Professional Experience Project Student Handbook.

If you are a charity, NGO or social enterprise working broadly in humanitarianism, and you are interested in hosting a placement for some of our students, please contact for more information on the kind of placements our students have done before and details of the programme.



Career and employability

Student having a conversation with a careers advisor

The University of Manchester offers a variety of extra-curricular activities and volunteering opportunities that enable you to explore your interests and enhance your CV. We are dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree but that you also graduate with relevant life and work-based skills. Visit our careers and employability page for full details.