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Business Development Intern – Audio Analytic

UoE Internship, University of Exeter Internships, SCP, SBP, A2I, GBP

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

To research and develop different verticals for the company to deploy its technology into. To come up with solutions to non-technical problems incurred by the company.

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

The internship was a fantastic opportunity to develop my skills in a company and helped me clarify the transitional steps between higher education and a career.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

I felt my time at the company was of mutual benefit to both employer and intern. I enjoyed the challenges I was set and felt I carried them out to the best of my ability.

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

I am very grateful for the experience I gained from the internship but in hindsight I would have developed my IT skills more before the internship started.

“Ben was very useful to the company in his approach and delivery of strategic information for the company’s development” – Line Manager

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Project Assistant – Jo Bird and Co

Jo Bird and Co Internship, University of Exeter Internship, UoE Internship, SCP, SBP, GBP, A2I

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

During my internship I was responsible for investigating potential new markets, auditing the company’s existing database, updating the website and creating sales leads.

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

During the internship I was relied upon to come up with a marketing strategy for a new product as well as seeking out new clients for the business and even spending a day helping with the manufacture of the product. My internship led to a permanent job offer from Jo Bird and Co – which I accepted!

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

The work I did during my internship would not have been carried out without my presence. The company did not have the time or resources to undertake it so were very grateful I was there.

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Impact Strategist – SportInspired

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 was to make sure that each Community Games worked to ensure that all communications with various partners: corporate clients, sports providers, schools, parents, young leaders and volunteers, were as effective as they could be. I also made sure the delivery of the Games always went above and beyond expectations. On the day of the Games themselves, I briefed the sports providers and made sure that the volunteers and young leaders were mentoring their children effectively.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

It has been an absolute pleasure to work for SportInspired. The SportInspired team are AMAZING! They are extremely hard working, passionate and well, inspiring! I routinely smashed the 35 hour minimum for the working week not because there was huge pressure on me to do so but because I really enjoyed what I was doing and where I was working. I often found myself on evenings and weekends brainstorming ideas for how to streamline the processes for each Community Games and pitching to family and friends to get their employers to sign up with SportInspired. In the first week my role was defined as: ‘making sure each of our Community Games (multi sports festival) had as much impact possible.’ This wide ranging brief gave me the opportunity to immerse myself in all things SportInspired and know that what I was working on would have a lasting impact on the processes surrounding the Community Games. Inspiring children to take up sport is extremely rewarding and the Community Games days themselves are indescribably brilliant. There is no better feeling than what we describe in the office as a ‘mini Win’ – when you turn a child’s day around and with it their perception of sport. Following on from my internship, I hope to continue to work for SportInspired. I would just like to end by thanking Exeter and the Access to Internship scheme, for yet again demonstrating why Exeter is such a fantastic University.

“Felix used a successful blend of his array of skills and talents to be a valuable member of the team throughout the internship. This has been demonstrated through high level analysis of potential client organisations, demonstrating his ability to deal with complex and high level material, through to his boundless enthusiasm with supporting kids trying sports at our multi-sports festivals. He is a classic ‘go-getter’, combining his infectious enthusiasm with an impressive ability to use his initiative, and stay committed to what he is trying to achieve” – Managing Director, SportInspired

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Account Assistant – Arnold KLP

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

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

The primary responsibilities of this role included aiding the account handlers in research, creative briefing and client relations.

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

The internship has greatly improved my employability and career development. Over the past six weeks I have been able to progress alongside projects, see them materialise and directly learn from them. It has given me a variety of transferable skills and has taught me that I am capable of immersing myself with a professional environment. I have learnt an exceptional amount about Arnold since being here; about the ethos, the people and the business and it has given me the confidence to pursue this avenue after I finish at University.

An extremely significant experience for me was being given the responsibility to liaise with clients directly and to write and deliver briefs for the creatives. For me this was a true indication that I was trusted and deemed responsible enough to move the projects forward. Essentially, this experience uprooted the stigma about interns for I felt much more integrated, trusted and part of the team, so I am incredibly thankful for that.

“It was a pleasure having Alice here, and she would be welcomed back should the opportunity arise” – Line Manager

Alice

PR and Marketing Assistant – ISCA College of Media Arts

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

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

The main objective of the role was one of reputation management. The school was looking to improve its reputation to sustain pupil numbers and therefore funding. I was taken on to increase PR and marketing activity and increase awareness of the good work the college does. The PR activity included ‘selling in’ stories into the local press about GCSE results, awards won by pupils and other positive college activity. The marketing role was very varied, encompassing advertising, website work, social media and print marketing such as newsletters and prospectuses.

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

The scheme has been a great stepping stone. I have consolidated skills learned through my education and learned new skills through the variety of tasks I was set.

Research Support Intern – Maritime Library, 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?

During my internship I was involved in the cataloguing of the Seymour Collection at the Old Library. This involved adding books to the library catalogue and ensuring that the library’s resources could gain wider exposure to the student body at large. I was particularly mindful of the finite space in which to hold such resources and therefore had to make judgements when I came across copies of books already in the University catalogue. Furthermore, I also gained an appreciation of the importance of the bibliographical information contained within books, particularly in regard to reprints or new editions.

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

I gained an understanding of how the university library functioned and how to catalogue resources.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

By adding books to the catalogue, I helped to increase the library’s accessible holdings which will benefit students in the future.

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

Unfortunately, I was unable to undertake the second of the two tasks assigned as the ELMAP database was inaccessible and by the time this had been rectified I had completed my designated hours.

Widening Participation Intern – University of Exeter Medical School

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

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

I helped to develop activities for school visits, sourced materials for running activities, liaised with academics regarding such activities, supervised the school visits and co-coordinated events.

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

I developed my organisational skills up to a professional standard. I also gained an insight into events management, for example in hosting a student conference for sixth form students.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

I was able to take on the tasks that often took longer, such as dealing with lengthy paperwork or meeting with academics, which lightened the workload of my colleagues.

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Silver and Jewellery Intern – Sotheby’s

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

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

My most time consuming activity was research on pieces of art, which included authenticating the material, its origin, brand and artist; its history and value. For silver pieces, this meant mostly studying the marks. For jewels, research was about estimating the purity of the stone (in most cases they were diamonds). I participated in a few auction sales: presenting lots, or converting Euros into USD, GBP and HKD for international clients. I was also responsible for archiving data on sold lots and upcoming inventories, supervising the restoration of silver artefacts (on client demand), and generally assisting the experts I worked with. I hosted clients and participated in meetings where we would analyse and give an appreciation of an artefact’s value with chemical tests and professional equipment. Most of the research I carried out was part of the preparation for the winter sales.

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

I perfected my research skills over many specific assignments on silver-wear artefacts. My assignments led me to the French National Archives, an environment in which a history student can fully appreciate and familiarise with the non-exhaustive list of documents and sources at his disposal. These assignments allowed me to further my skills and methodology, a few weeks before starting research on my third year dissertation.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

All my research contributed to satisfying client demand (both from the seller and from the buyer). I lightened the workload of my supervisor, and I also managed to further my knowledge of the real value of artefacts through the outcomes of my research.
My help was often sought when translating English to French or otherwise, as Sotheby’s has its most important offices in New York and London. I realised how much of an advantage it is to be fluent in French and English.

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

One problem I faced as soon as I arrived at Sotheby’s was that I was unfamiliar with technical language of  silver-art and jewellery and with the techniques used to appraise objects . For example, it took me a lot of time at first to identify a mark on a silver-wear piece. After some time, I became faster, gained better judgement and autonomy from my supervisor.

As I was left alone on assignments after a few days, I had to carry-out my research without guidance. At first, I only used Gallica and WorldCat. After a few days, I became familiar with other, less obvious databases: our local archives, and specialised libraries (not necessarily catalogued online). I called contacts in other departments or outside of Sotheby’s, who were able to point me in unexplored directions. I was therefore able to use different research supports, and used this diversity to improve my research.

I was often teamed up with another intern named Josephine. She was passionate about jewellery. We would often seek each other’s help and opinion on our assignments, which allowed us to combine forces and overcome difficulties.

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