Category Archives: Modern Languages

German Web Translator and Researcher – Sutton’s Packaging Ltd

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

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

My first task was to translate the company’s website into German and I was then responsible for the German website and to take care of updates etc. My main role after that was being the contact person for all German customers and introducing our new website and the offer of having a German speaker in the company to talk to. I was also looking for new customers by contacting them and sending samples out.

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

It gave me an insight into business operations and I also learnt a lot of new vocabulary. It was also a great opportunity to advance my communication skills by speaking to many people. My ability to switch between German and English speech improved very quickly as well.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

My employer was always very pleased with my work and the overall atmosphere in the company was very nice.

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

It was difficult in the beginning to understand the particular tissue business because there were many words I didn’t know. But the internet is always a great help and I could figure it out either that way or my employer or colleagues would explain it to me.

Peer Writing Advisor – College of Humanities, University of Exeter

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

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

To advise fellow students on their academic writing style, structure etc. Also keeping the blog, Twitter and Facebook up to date as well as promoting the centre’s face to face interaction with students.

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

My own writing style improved greatly thanks to Siân Harris’ excellent and thorough training, as well as by putting it into practice during appointments.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

The writing centre cannot function without the advisors! It is largely student-led in terms of day-to-day operation.

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

Not really. Our training covered all situations which might have been difficult in my experience.

A2I Administrator – Employment Services, 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?

Throughout my internship, my main responsibility was to oversee the administration and organisation of the A2I scheme. This involved promoting the scheme to students, managing sign-up to the scheme, preparing internship agreements and subsidy payment preparation and recording the receipt of signed documentation. I also organised the payment of grants to students alongside the Student Finance Team. My other main task was to communicate with students and provide support and information about the A2I scheme.

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

My biggest achievement was being given the trust and responsibility to conduct student appointments. My career aim is to find a job doing one-to-one appointments with people, perhaps in the capacity of a counsellor or careers consultant so this was a fantastic opportunity for me.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

I helped in the re-structuring and re-launching of the A2I scheme in Spring 2014 and I hope that my opinions as a recent graduate were of value to this process. I think my promotion of the revised scheme went some way to helping the funds be administered in a fairly timely fashion, to avoid too much of a rush towards the end of the University’s financial year i.e. the ultimate deadline for the scheme.

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

At one point during my internship, rightly or wrongly, I felt a little undervalued in my role. I requested a meeting with my line manager so that I could explain how I was feeling and she was extremely understanding and supportive. It was through this discussion that I was given the opportunity to conduct some student appointments which I think really highlights the importance of talking obstacles through calmly, honestly and openly.

“Rebecca came into our team full of potential but with limited experience of the UK workplace. In the 10 months Rebecca has been with us she has really grown into her role. Immediately she fitted into the team well and put a lot of effort into learning a lot of new tasks. As time progressed Rebecca assumed more responsibility and used her initiative to implement improvements to the scheme. Rebecca’s job is very varied including administration, marketing, finance, student support, networking, all of which she has undertaken to a highly professional standard. This year Rebecca has been directly involved in helping nearly 140 students secure paid internships across the UK and abroad.” – Employer Liaison Officer

Social Media Intern – Special Collections 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?

Researching 400+ university heritage collections to create a social media posting calendar that enables quick and effective publication of the archives in future years. Using knowledge of web analytics, Hootsuite, and data representation to create weekly social media reports and adapt social media strategies to increase Twitter follower base by 80%.

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

Sharing some photos from the university heritage archive with the university and Guild and later seeing them on Facebook!

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

I developed the social media presence of Special Collections, both inside and outside the university, and helped encourage greater collaboration with the Guild and University. During my one term internship the Twitter follower base grew by 80%, and my four hours a week dedicated to Twitter meant we were getting a lot more retweets!

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