Category Archives: Geology

Fingle Wood Research Intern – University of Exeter CLES

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

I was working with mapping software delineating catchment boundaries, sdding pour points to tributaries and analysing the results of various imagery of Fingle wood to determine the type of vegetation that is and has been growing over the Fingle Woods area.

Also, I was spent a day ground-truthing the areas which were under analysis soon to cross reference. On this day I would check probes in the area and calibrate where necessary to ensure accurate data capture.

At the end of the project having finished Fingle Woods to a stage completion was able to work on another project involving urban flooding and cities holding water and avoiding runoff. This project was focussed on the area of Taunton.

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

Having been able to get a reasonable understanding of the GIS technology and also an idea of what is involved with the progression through the environmental sector. What it takes to be an environmental consultant today. Working with complex data projects in the direction of water improvement.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

I was able to complete the project to a reasonable standard that could be handed over for further manipulation by another GIS operative or researcher. I was able to problem solve and come up with possible solutions to current problems on GIS software. Also, brainstorming on anomalous probe results that show inconsistencies between live and compiled data.

What skills were you able to develop through the internship?

Communication, ability to work underpressure, decision making

What attributes were you able to develop through the internship?

Confidence, motivation, creative thinking

Research Support Intern – University of Exeter CLES

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

My main role was recruiting and meeting with participants to take some data from them, and showing them how to use an app, as well getting feedback from them in a follow-up meeting a month later. I also collated this data, and helped to contribute to a research paper by analysing some qualitative responses and adding the introduction section. Moreover, I promoted the research at various events including the Staff Wellbeing Day.

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

I think my biggest achievement was being able run a small research collection study quite independently – I was daunted before starting it about the task at hand so have proved to myself it is possible.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

I think it lightened the load of other members of the department who are more senior, as they had numerous projects, teaching etc. going on.

What skills were you able to develop through the internship?

Ability to work under pressure, organisation, IT

What attributes were you able to develop through the internship?

Initiative, motivation, logical thinking

Student Engagement and Employability – University of Exeter CLES

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

Completing tasks delegated by my line manager, assisting in activities regarding student engagement and employability within CLES. This included updating displays, compiling a database of placement opportunities and creating a mock-up of a website to showcase success stories of societies and groups associated with CLES.

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

I developed skills in efficient research techniques, as well as contacting an array of different people for informational purposes. I feel more confident in contacting businesses and organisations, alongside using the people around me to gain knowledge from their advice and experiences.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

I was able to complete tasks that have been otherwise neglected throughout the year, giving my full time and attention where this may not have otherwise been the case.

What skills were you able to develop through the internship?

Problem solving, organisation, focus on goals and outcomes

What attributes were you able to develop through the internship?

Commercial awareness, creative thinking, independence

Social Innovation Consultants Intern – University of Exeter

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

Approach and communicate with a variety of companies, via email, to secure student work experience placements for the Easter to summer period of the next academic year. Initial research of the company was needed to ensure they were suitable for Geography and Environmental Science Students and then an email was drafted and sent. I was responsible for any communications between the company and the university through answering questions, queries or any ideas they may have for the placements.

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

I created loads of new networking links and provided my fellow students with exciting work experience prospects that could lead onto further employment.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

Completed a project that lightened the workload of other colleagues.

What skills were you able to develop through the internship?

Persuasion, customer service, focus on goals and outcomes

What attributes were you able to develop through the internship?

Perseverance, logical thinking, independence

Research Assistant – University of Exeter College of Humanities

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

I assisted with the geophysical survey in the Bishop’s Palace gardens. This involved laying out grids, carrying out both Resistivity and Magnetometry surveys. I was then responsible for sorting out the visual results for the written report.

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

I gained confidence in carrying out 2 types of geophysical surveys, both key for professional archaeological work.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

I was able to assist Professor Creighton in one of his research projects, helping him save time as he transitions to head of the department.

What skills were you able to develop through the internship?

Strategic planning, teamwork and collaboration, degree specific skills

What attributes were you able to develop through the internship?

Confidence and independence

Junior Vacation Geologist – Independence Group

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

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

My role included interpreting and analysing the geometallurgy within the site and writing a 70 page report to evaluate my work whilst with them and to affirm my understating of the VMS deposit found within the site. This was my main and only task whilst on site with a large data set to keep me occupied. Many hypotheses were made and a lot of statistical analysis was undergone, with each finding with their own evaluative conclusion.

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

I recognised the difference in alteration assemblages across the ore lenses and spatial distribution of elements across the body through analysing my data. I also learnt the many colloquial terms used within the mining industry to fully comprehend what was being said.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

My project was a continuation from a PhD student who’s aim was to understand the mineral associations with the textures found. I have been informed that they will continue the project I have worked on and that it will ultimately be used to predict the amount of deleterious minerals coming through the mill.

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

At first the chemistry was pretty overwhelming but with the help of a very kind colleague, we managed to solve the equations necessary to estimate the bulk sulphide composition.

Student Field Geologist – Novo Resources

SCP, SBP, GBP, A2I

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

My main role was to collect geological information, combining my field observations and maps in order to work out the environment of deposition, and samples which were collected for assay.

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

There is sometimes a lot of apprehension when you’re about to undertake work in remote areas for extended periods of time and I certainly felt nervous in the days running up to being deployed. During this placement I learnt a lot about working in the outback in Western Australia, including first aid in the field, how to collect and label rock samples, and I learnt a lot about the social and economic aspects of mining, which are all skills I can easily transfer to future projects I may work on.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

I worked on an ore-genesis model for the company. They already had a good idea of its formation, but by using the laboratory equipment at CSM I was able to provide strong evidence to support the company’s theory.

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

We had a couple of punctures so I have improved my tyre changing skills…