Category Archives: Economics

Renewables Assistant – JHWalter LLP

Universtiy of Exeter Internships, UoE Internships, SCP, SBP, GBP, A2I

What were your main duties and responsibilities during the course of your internship?

Analysis of opportunities for renewable energy investment including wind, biogas and PV. Research on certain technologies as well as policy change.  Consultation with a variety of statutory and non-statutory bodies. Drafting reports on constraints, feasibility and potential for a range of projects.

What would you say was your biggest achievement over the course of your internship?

I developed my communication skills through contact with clients and colleagues within the Renewable Energy Team. I furthered my competence in several software systems. I developed skills in Microsoft Office, particularly in Excel through looking at the financial viability of various projects; working out payback periods and returns on investment. I learnt how to structure and present reports for clients and how these differ to a typical university report. Promap software was used for mapping and looking at the feasibility of projects. I recognised the importance of working in a tight timeframe. Often clients want timely and informative answers which are hard to give when waiting on information from third parties. I soon realised the importance of putting pressure on these third parties and following up calls with emails etc. to give more timely responses to clients and provide a better service.  I am sure the skills I have developed and lessons I have learnt will be applied in my future career.

“Sam proved to be a fast learner and  capable analyst and report writer. He provided valued support to the Renewables and Planning team during a very busy period of business development and showed ability to deal with new problems” – Consultant, JHWalter LLP 

Client Service Executive – Channel Advantage

Universtiy of Exeter Internships, UoE Internships, SCP, SBP, GBP, A2I

What were your main duties and responsibilities during the course of your internship?

I spent most of my time working on the Huawei account as a Client Service Executive, although I did spend some time working on the Intel, Panasonic and Sonos accounts. I was tasked with designing various leaflets, business cards and merchandise for Huawei, Sonos and Intel.

What would you say was your biggest achievement over the course of your internship?

I think my time at Channel Advantage was very beneficial to me. It helped me to develop my skills in a number of different areas including data analysis, management and marketing in general.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

During my internship, I was given significant responsibility throughout, including managing a team of promoters at a high-profile event for MPs and delegates in Westminster and organising and conducting training for a team to promote Huawei on Oxford Street. I was also instrumental in setting up a full time team and a tactical team of territory sales managers for Huawei.

“Henry proved himself as a valuable member of the team and we were delighted when he agreed to continue working for Channel Advantage for the remainder of the summer break!” – Client Service Manager, Channel Advantage

Summer Intern – Institute of Economic Affairs

Universtiy of Exeter Internships, UoE Internships, SCP, SBP, GBP, A2I

What were your main duties and responsibilities during the course of your internship?

Working for the IEA involved writing my own research project on a topic of my choice and supervised by one of the senior research staff. I also attended lectures and seminars, contributed towards debates and discussions

What would you say was your biggest achievement over the course of your internship?

I feel that having completed this internship, I have a more informed career plan than I did before. I have learned really useful employability skills such as problem solving and teamwork and collaboration.

“Alex was an important part of our Summer Programme and made a valuable contribution to the Institute’s work” – Line Manager

Assisant Activity Worker – National Citizen Service

Universtiy of Exeter Internships, UoE Internships, SCP, SBP, GBP, A2I

What were your main duties and responsibilities during the course of your internship?

I  lead a group of 15 young people doing the National Citizen Service project with another colleague to deliver a social action project in Exmouth to help the community.

What would you say was your biggest achievement over the course of your internship?

I worked in a different country for the first time and I did not have any problem. It has increased my self-confidence a lot.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

Our project was really successful and Community Action South West received a grant from the University of Exeter.

Did you encounter any problems during the course of your internship and if so, how did you overcome them?

The teenagers could not decide which project to run. My colleague and I always talked about new ideas to improve the program and tackle any problems. We set very clear rules and helped them make a mutual decision and the project was successful.

Financial Administrator – Sancho’s Dress

financial administrator, SCP, SBP, GBP, A2I

What were your main duties and responsibilities during the course of your internship?

The role included looking after and analyzing the company’s financials and cash flow, book keeping, making sure the company wouldn’t run out of funds month by month and making budget spending decisions. I took part in raising capital for the company and also planned and ran the company’s Kickstarter campaign.

What would you say was your biggest achievement over the course of your internship?

The internship was rich in invaluable learning experience as I learnt many aspects about running a small business, ranging from business planning to executing decisions efficiently. It has definitely widened my skill set and supplemented my university education.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

Being part of the business has contributed largely to the business growth. I helped the business raise a significant amount of funds which enabled us to open a manufacturing workshop in Ethiopia which was the main business growth project that year. Having me in the team analyzing and looking after cash flow helped the business use their funds more efficiently and supplemented the growth.

Did you encounter any problems during the course of your internship and if so, how did you overcome them?

The internship was fruitful and ran smoothly without any problems. From time to time, business had to face a healthy amount of challenges, e.g. sales seasonalities, which we overcame by focusing our team efforts together.

“The internship was a great, value adding experience to the business and Vidmantas which enabled growth to everyone involved.” – Owner, Sancho’s Dress

Employment Services Administration Assistant – University of Exeter

Universtiy of Exeter Internships, UoE Internships, SCP, SBP, GBP, A2I

What were your main duties and responsibilities during the course of your internship?

  • Preparing materials for the exhibitors
  • Preparing advertising materials for the fairs such as writing tweets and laminating posters
  • Ensuring that the spreadsheets related to the fairs are up to date
  • Helping on the day of the fairs

What would you say was your biggest achievement over the course of your internship?

I improved my attention to detail, as the events of this nature that I hosted in the past were of smaller scale.

Did you encounter any problems during the course of your internship and if so, how did you overcome them?

No, I thoroughly enjoyed my internship and did not face any problems.

“Mary has been a very important part of the team this term. I couldn’t have completed all of my work without her help! She’ll be very much missed but I’m sure she will be very successful in the future. She has been extremely professional, efficient and pro active in her work and I hope that the experience is valuable throughout her career” – Hollie Mills-White

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Intern – Elm Financial Management

SCP, SBP, GBP, A2I

What were your main duties and responsibilities during the course of your internship?

During my internship I was able to conduct extensive client portfolio research. This meant that I had to look into the areas in which the fund was invested along with the different regions they were located in. I also was able to sit in on client/advisor meetings as well as helping to ensure that after the meeting the paperwork associated with each individual client was dealt with correctly. This included scanning client documents and sorting them into their appropriate files as well as filling out compliance correctly to ensure that progress was always made.

What would you say was your biggest achievement over the course of your internship?

I would say that my biggest achievement was the amount of applicable industry knowledge that I was able to gain. Being able to see how a financial advisory firm operated in practice enabled me to understand the level of knowledge and attention to detail that is required in order to keep clients satisfied.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

I hope that during my time there I was able to help my superiors by lightening their workload in terms of the research I conducted. I also helped them with archiving and compliance completion.

Did you encounter any problems during the course of your internship and if so, how did you overcome them?

There was a lot of information which I needed to learn but I saw this rather more as an opportunity. The amount of information which I had to take on and incorporate showed me the level of attention to detail that is required in order to be successful in this industry.