What were your main roles and responsibilities during the course of your internship?
I conducted a preparatory briefing on the Brexit White Paper which is circulated to senior staff and councillors of Southampton and completed a task concerning the mapping of public sector and third sector services that tackle serious violence in Southampton in order to inform the council’s decision to bid for Serious Violence Strategy funding. I created a local needs assessment that included current statistics regarding violent, knife, and hate crime, domestic abuse, reoffending rates, comparing the data nationally with statistical neighbours and per individual wards. Additionally, the needs assessment included data on looked after children, deprivation areas and school absences to coincide with the strategy’s youth prevention priority. I reviewed an annual report that records the progress of the actions that respond to the Youth Justice Strategy. From this report I deduced whether the action will remain for the forthcoming year or whether full progress had been made and thus a new action would take its place.
What would you say was your biggest achievement over the course of your internship?
I realised my potential within the policy team and have definitely decided this is the career for me. Specifically, I actually aided the team with their work, especially with the creation of the local needs assessment and thus my internship was beneficial for everyone!
What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?
I efficiently completed each task quicker than expected thus, freed up the teams work to do other tasks.
What skills were you able to develop through the internship?
Problem solving, strategic planning, focus of goals and outcomes
What attributes were you able to develop through the internship?
Confidence, cultural awareness, logical thinking