Category Archives: Philosophy

International Programmes Assistant – Teach A Man To Fish

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

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

I was involved in a wide range of tasks related to programme management, however the main activities I was involved in were:

  • creating a new safety and security policy framework, suitable for projects in insecure environments;
  • undertaking safety and security research in relation to a number of new projects;
  • liaising between my organisation and a number of other stakeholders to sort out details of new projects;
  • helping to create or amend materials for schools to use as part of the projects;
  • helping to oversee the organisation’s registration as an NGO in Uganda and Nicaragua; and
  • helping out with other general tasks, such as project monitoring and evaluation.

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

I ended up contacting and speaking with a very wide range of other organisations as part of my role (particularly as part of the safety and security research I undertook), from speaking to lawyers and to officials at the Ugandan Embassy, through to contacting NGOs and UN agencies working across Africa. I was given genuine responsibility over the course of the internship, which although daunting at first, was a great experience and helped to improve my confidence.

It was also a wonderful opportunity to gain professional experience in a foreign language, since a lot of the work I did was in French.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

I helped the organisation by being diligent and hardworking, and thereby helping to reduce the workload for my colleagues at what was a busy and exciting time for the organisation due to a number of new projects being established.

The fact I was able to work in French was also of assistance.

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

I was lucky that there were not any major problems during my internship.
However, we were often working to tight deadlines, and on occasion I faced small problems in meeting these for work I had been delegated. For instance, sometimes I had sent documents off to be officially translated, and there would then be a delay in getting these documents back, which would have an impact on our ability continue the work and meet the deadline.

However, as a result of regular meetings and communication, my line manager was kept updated about the projects I was working on, and as such the slight delays we sometimes faced never ended up creating a significant problem.

Communications and Web Marketing Assistant – Development and Alumni Relations, 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?

My role was to help with communications in the Development and Alumni Relations Office (DARO), including the website, social media and email comms, that meant my remit was everything from drafting news copy to editing the layout of the website. Extra duties included helping with large-scale Web Team projects and supporting other areas of DARO as well, for example designing print comms or working on overhauls of certain sections of the website.

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

My biggest achievement was diversifying my skillset. I learnt HTML and CSS, learnt how to use different software, how to write news copy and how to write for the web. I became more skilled with Photoshop and Excel, and gained loads of knowledge about communications in general. Coming from a Philosophy degree, this role definitely had an impact on how employable I am today.

What benefits did your internship bring to your employer?

Alumni communications were maintained and developed well throughout my time there. Open rates for e-comms have not dropped, and social media remains very active. I also feel that I’ve been effective at supporting DARO in more ways than were described in the job description.

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

I didn’t have formal line management for a 3 month period, which was tough for my workload but a challenge that I feel that I managed well. I became more confident in myself.

“We took on Kieran to work with our Alumni team to support their communications and web activities. He took the role in his stride, developing new skills and showing real initiative with all tasks he was faced with. He became a valuable and well-liked member of the team who made an outstanding contribution in his time with us.” – Web Marketing Officer