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HR Administrator – Fugro GB Marine Ltd

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

Uploading vacancies to our website, intranet, and job boards, organising the recruitment mailbox and ensure hiring managers receive all incoming applications, arranging interviews and tests, as well as inductions, by liaising with candidates and managers, receiving all right to work documentation, CV’s and new starter forms and filing these appropriately, drafting letters to employees and new starters for salary reviews, contractual changes and promotions, navigating and where required, updating, company processes for recruitment and resignations, coordinating leavers, including confirming any final payroll deductions and booking exit interviews, creating contracts for new starters and inputting contractual changes to our systems for current staff, handling rejections, offers, queries, and the day to day requests for the HR Department.

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

I learnt a lot of information about the HR sector – developing skills in contracts, documentation and the importance of attention to detail in relation to this, and generally improved the formulation of processes and strategies to aid efficiency!

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

I have eased the pressures on a very busy HR department, allowing HR Advisors to actually complete their advisor work rather than administrative tasks. I have also noted necessary changes to previous procedures in admin, making processes more user friendly and less time-consuming.

What skills were you able to develop through the internship?

Communication, organisation, focus on goals and outcomes

What attributes were you able to develop through the internship?

Commercial awareness, motivation, personal awareness

Eleanor, Careers Information and Student Engagement Assistant

Degree: Literary Studies MA 2017

Job Role: A Careers Information and Student Engagement Assistant provides careers information and advice to students and recent graduates, and supporting the student engagement agenda.

Eleanor’s Experience: My role within the Careers Team includes manning the Career Zone desk at St Luke’s, providing careers support for students on an ad-hoc basis and running CV review appointments. I also work alongside colleagues in the Guild to facilitate academic representation in the Medical School. The GBP role is very varied and busy and has provided me with lots of opportunities to develop my skills and decide what I want out of my next job opportunity.

 

Recruitment Resourcing Intern

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

I was responsible for resourcing new candidates through head hunting, cold calling, Linkedin message and email – working towards my target of 20 active candidates per week. I also identified and contacted relevant candidates from the company’s existing database. I carried out the initial screening of candidates for senior consultant, either through a phone call or email communication. I was tasked with formatting candidate CVs and job specs, with a quick ten minute turn-around time, whilst still maintaining accuracy and attention to detail. I also picked out relevant and interesting media related news articles to post to the company social media page each morning. Finally, I developed and maintained resourcing spreadsheet in Excel and researched and built organisation charts for key clients.

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

I gained full end to end knowledge of the market in which I was recruiting (Ad Operations and the Programmatic landscape), something of which I had no knowledge before starting my internship. After receiving my initial training, I presented my understanding of the market back to the team. Towards the end of my internship, I then did my presentation for a second time, this time explaining my deeper understanding and working to improve on my first attempt.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

In my role as a resourcer, I was responsible for contacting as many relevant candidates as possible. Over the course of my internship, I initiated conversation with around 400 different people, finding whether out whether or not they were open to new opportunities. Of this, around 130 people were interested in new opportunities – I liased between these candidates and my senior consultant, in order to gain their details and work out which roles they would be suitable for. Of my sourced candidates, 16 different people had 30 different interviews, as a result of me contacting them.

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

I encountered a difficulty in that, as an intern, I didn’t have access to a ‘Linkedin Recruiter’ account which enables you to message an unlimited number of potential candidates, and is an essential resource to the rest of the team in order to reach as many people as possible. I was therefore unable to use the search function on Linkedin, and so was limited in the number of candidates I was able to find. I overcame this my alerting my senior colleague to the issue and asking for a list of names I could work through manually instead.

“Caitlin has been a valuable asset to our team. She has picked up significant knowledge of the digital advertising industry and is now interviewing for two full time positions within digital advertising due to the experience gained with us” – Line Manager. 

Content Writer – Click Hub

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

Over the years I learned a great deal, not just about digital marketing but about a whole range of industries as I was relied upon to write regular content and website copy for miscellaneous clients. From web designers to interior designers, builders, dentists, and accountants – you name the industry, I probably wrote a blog about it. I had the opportunity to learn more about digital marketing. I became more interested in the workings behind SEO (Search Engine Optimisation), and watching our clients progress up the Google rankings, and I took my Adwords exam to become Google certified.

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

Half way through my final year of study, the Company Director offered me a full-time position commencing after graduation. For me, not only was my internship a fantastic opportunity to apply my academic abilities in a professional environment, build my confidence and develop my employability skills, but without the internship I probably wouldn’t have ended up working for the company after I graduated too.

 

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

It was a role that taught me to be flexible as well as hugely self-motivated since much of the work was carried out at home.  When I began my full-time position as Marketing Executive I was thrown in at the deep and expected to stay afloat because an SME won’t have the same resources as a larger firm when it comes to training. This has the potential to feel overwhelming but it also allows you to develop in other ways. What’s more, you’re in a company you know has invested in you because, over the course of your internship, they got to know you and saw value in you.

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Film Research Support & Administration Intern – University of Exeter

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

My duties included:

Updating programme descriptors and modules on iPaMS.
Researching and drafting a plan for the MA IFB webpage.
Collecting student information and formulating a questionnaire for a postgraduate film student database.
Helping with module change and allocation.
Assisting with archiving.
Some reception assistance.
Writing a summary report of film workshop feedback.
Helping with any other general ad hoc tasks.

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

Helping the team out with iPaMS as I really felt like I made a positive impact which was appreciated. I also feel that my work for the MAIFB webpage and film workshop summary was of a good standard I was proud of.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

I feel like I have helped relieve some of the pressures on the team at a busy time. I hope that my work for the PG database helps the film department and that my draft for the MAIFB webpage gets used and benefits the students.

“We have loved having our Intern Maxine, who had an extremely positive impact on the team and the work that we do” – Line Manager

Archives Assistant – Heritage Collections, University of Exeter

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

My role as a temporary archives assistant primarily involved cataloguing the correspondence of South West writer Henry Williamson. I was also given the opportunity to supervise the Special Collections Reading Room desk, and participate in key processes in Heritage Collections such as retrievals and re-shelving, selecting and preparing materials for display and working with Arts and Culture to help promote academic events. I was also given the opportunity to shadow other fundamental parts of working in a university archive, such as accessions, digitisation and answering queries, and was given access to wider reading about the sector and archival practices.

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

My biggest achievement over the course of my internship has been the ability I have gained to try new things, and believe in my own skillset. The department trusted me with some of their most precious collections – including letters by Thomas Hardy and Agatha Christine – and being able to work on such important materials really helped me gain confidence in my own abilities, and the skills I can bring to future employers.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

My help in cataloguing Henry Williamson’s correspondence meant that the Special Collections team could present a more detailed record of their collections to the public and researchers, making the materials in the archive more accessible. My proudest moment as part of my internship was when I was informed that the work I had undertaken had resulted in a request for that material – by contributing to the Special Collections catalogue, a process that also taught me about cataloguing software CALM, I had also made a tangible and positive impact on the service they are able to provide.

“Lucy was an extremely high calibre intern who managed much of the intern process herself. There were some hitches in the process and her proactive approach really helped with this” – Head of Heritage Collections

Employment Services Administration Assistant

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

I supported the Central Employment Services Team in the daily delivery of their student services. I also administrated the feedback process for University of Exeter Managed Internship Schemes. In addition I provided ad-hoc support for fairs and events throughout the year, as well as ad-hoc office support

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

Having the chance to provide Line Manager with an evaluative presentation on the administrative process I had been working on all year, in order to present an analysis of the system and also to suggest ways to optimise the efficiency of it

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

I provided my employer with additional administrative support during busy periods.

It was great having Peter on the team.  He was able to provide us with a student perspective on our scheme, help us be more efficient and also assisted up with streamlining some of our processes. He was hard working and fast at what he was asked to do and always willing to take on the work” – Line Manager.

Intern – EZ Education

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

While my main responsibility was customer service, I also did a variety of other tasks including the creation of instructional videos, emailing and keeping records of schools using our app, doing simple coding and proofreading of questions on the app, fixing bugs and question errors, recording audio for some of the games, and designing strategies for promotional campaigns.

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

My biggest achievement was contributing to the testing and release of a KS1 maths app which included recording some of the audio.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

I was able to deal with the customer service almost exclusively so the other members in our small team could focus on their roles. My filmmaking and editing knowledge was also very helpful to the team.

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

There were some tricky moments with customers where I didn’t know how to resolve certain technical issues, but the team was always very supportive and the CEOs were always close by and willing to help.

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Employability and Alumni Assistant – HUMS, University of Exeter

UoE Internships, SCP, SBP, GBP, A2I

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

My role was to assist in the delivery of the employability activity in Humanities, through maintaining the website, events, and communications. I also had responsibility for alumni relations in the college, covering a 12 month maternity leave. This included organising networking events and marketing materials for Humanities alumni.

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

I was given lots of responsibility from day one, and trusted with important projects. This was nerve-racking at first but ultimately it was amazing for my personal development. I felt that my confidence to make decisions, make my voice heard and effect change grew hugely in the first 6 months. 6 months into my GBP role, I was seconded to cover my line manager’s position of Employability Officer for 9 months, giving me more responsibility and control over what was delivered in the College. This was a fantastic opportunity and put me in an excellent position to apply for future roles at the University at a similar level.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

I was able to have ownership for our It’s Never Too Late project, a careers campaign aimed at final years to engage them with employability support. This lightened the workload for other colleagues, but also I was able to grow the campaign and ensure that we were effectively engaging final years.

“My Alumni & Employability Assistant provided vital support to events, newsletters & alumni engagement” – Employability and Outreach Manager. 

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Transition Project Manager – NHS Devon

NHS Internship, SCP, SBP, A2I , GBP

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

As a Transition Project Manager I assisted in the organisation of the transition and closedown of the old Primary Care Trusts, which were replaced by new Clinical Commissioning Groups and other organisations.. The objectives were to close down the PCTs and transfer all staff, equipment, and IT systems to the new CCGs. A lot of communication, organisation and project management skills were needed to manage the 21 different work streams and teams involved.

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

My role as a Transition Project Manager has allowed me to significantly develop my skills in communication, organisation and Microsoft Office. I now have experience in administration and project management as well as an insight into what it is like to work in healthcare in the public sector. In addition, I undertook a training course from which I obtained the Association of Project Management’s Introductory Certificate in Project Management. This internship has been vital in helping me to secure my new, permanent role as an Incidents Administrator for South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

Due to the reorganisation of commissioning in the NHS, which led to the closedown of Primary Care Trusts with their assets and liabilities needing to be transferred to new organisations, I was needed to facilitate the transition.